Atlantans share how they’ll navigate the holidays with looming omicron surge

Visitors take photos under a Christmas tree amid the COVID-19 pandemic at a shopping district Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Metro Atlanta folks may have planned to bust out the egg nog and host normal celebrations this year after a chaotic 2020 pandemic holiday season.

Public health officials are now warning about the latest COVID-19 omicron variant, which is undoubtedly weighing heavily on many families’ minds as the festivities approach. Atlanta has even circled back to a citywide indoor mask mandate because of the spike in COVID-19 cases due to omicron.

Atlanta’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data this week showing that the omicron variant now accounts for 73.2% of new coronavirus cases in the U.S.

Georgia public health officials warn we should be vigilant and protect ourselves by getting vaccinated and wearing face masks indoors. However, they’re stopping short of recommending we avoid all contact with those outside of our own homes.

WABE asked listeners to share their stories about how they’re navigating it all during the latest turn in the ongoing pandemic.

In order, you were listening to Caroline Kravitz in Sandy Springs — In Lloyd from Alpharetta — and Nico Vogt from Cabbagetown.