Registered nurse Jessalynn Dest, left, removes protective equipment and washes her hands after leaving a COVID-19 patient’s room as speech therapist Sam Gibbs puts on safety clothing while preparing to see a patient in the acute care unit of Harborview Medical Center, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, in Seattle. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is deploying 100 members of the state National Guard to hospitals across the state amid staff shortages due to an omicron-fueled spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Inslee announced Thursday that teams will be deployed to assist four overcrowded emergency departments at hospitals in Everett, Yakima, Wenatchee and Spokane, and that testing teams will be based at hospitals in Olympia, Richland, Seattle and Tacoma. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) WAET101 WAET101

Why Omicron Might Stick Around

SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID, may have entered a new stage: All the virus’s most significant variations are descending from omicron.