Dr. Bonnie Henry declares that Omicron is not innocuous

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      After spending the past few weeks telling British Columbians that most cases of the Omicron variant are mild, Dr. Bonnie Henry changed her tune today.

      "I think there's a narrative around right now that Omicron is mild," B.C.'s provincial health officer said. "We need to be very careful to dismiss this right now."

      Henry cautioned those who aren't in hospital that this is "not an innocuous illness".

      She also emphasized that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 "can and is still causing serious illness in many".

      Her comments came the morning after the province reported 15 new COVID-19 deaths over a 24-hour period.

      That came after 13 deaths in the previous 24-hour period in B.C.

      On January 20, the journal Science published an article by two U.S. neurology experts highlighting links between COVID-19 and serious brain problems, including strokes and psychosis.

      Below, you can see some reactions on social media to Henry's latest briefing.