All that’s for a very simple reason. There’s a new variant. Every indication so far is that it’s much, much more virulent than the last one. Omicron’s R is more than twice Delta’s. Even if it’s “milder,” this is still a virus with a roughly 2% mortality rate. That means that if you’re not vaccinated, you have a serious, serious risk of death. And even if yo…
Come on, Umair. It can't both be more virulent AND milder!
It is not more virulent, it is more infectious, but milder (which is to say, less virulent).
It's too soon to know whether less virulent means a lower death rate, but that seems like a reasonable expectation. And your use of 2% as the death rate is probably the high side of the average, depending upon where you're looking. In the US and Europe it's around 1.5%.