KGO Hosts React: Omicron Variant Threatens Economy

A man wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus walks of Christmas lighting in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 30 2021. The emergence of the new COVID-19 omicron variant and the world’s desperate and likely futile attempts to keep it at bay are reminders of what scientists have warned for months: The coronavirus will thrive as long as vast parts of the world lack vaccines.. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

The new Omicron variant of coronavirus is worrying scientists and government officials.

With its many mutations and seemingly quick spread in South Africa, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said the United States is on alert for the Omicron variant.

“Given the surveillance system that the CDC has going right now, we should pick it up when it comes here. It might already be here, certainly not in large amounts, but it may already be here, and you’re going to hear about that. The CDC will make the announcement that that’s the case…As soon as they get the information, they will be very transparent about it,” Fauci told MSNBC’s Craig Melvin on Tuesday. 

KGO 810 hosts Chip Franklin, Pat Thurston, John Rothmann and Nikki Medoro share insight of the Omicron variant.

ABC News’s Alex Stone leads off The Chip Franklin Show to describe the background of this Omicron variant. They discuss how serious this variant might be, what actions are being taken to combat it, and what to expect in the Bay Area. Also, will this boost vaccine numbers?


Bloomberg Opinion columnist and host of the podcast “Follow the Science, Faye Flam, joins Chip Franklin to discuss the environmental impacts of COVID with the new variant rapidly spreading. Faye and Chip get into an extended conversation on the issue.

John Rothmann asks listeners if they are panicking.

President Biden said he will unveil his plan Thursday to tackle the new omicron variant of COVID-19, saying the strategy will not include more lockdowns. Instead, Biden plans to rely on vaccinations to combat the latest version of the virus to pose a serious threat.

Speaking during a meeting with CEOs of various companies to discuss the holiday shopping season and his administration’s work to address the supply chain crisis, Biden also said that Americans who are eligible for a booster shot have “no excuse” for not getting one.

UCSF Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Peter Chin-Hong joins Pat Thurston to discuss the Covid-19 Omicron Variant.


ABC Washington Correspondent Elizabeth Schulze joins the Morning Show with Nikki Medoro to provide an update on how economic experts are speculating how the new coronavirus variant will affect the financial world. 

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