Editor's Note: Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio's daily program "The Dean Obeidallah Show" and a columnist for The Daily Beast. Follow him @DeanObeidallah. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion articles on CNN. This piece has been updated to reflect the latest news. It feels like every time we think we are close to being done with Covid-19, nature ups its game with a new variant. This weekend the live part of "Saturday Night Live" was canceled due to rising Covid-19 cases, and it wasn't alone: All future shows of the iconic "Christmas Spectacular" at New York's Radio City Music Hall this season have been canceled, on top of postponements or cancellations of NFL, NBA, NHL and NCAA games.
"This Omicron variant is extraordinarily contagious. It's as contagious as measles, and that's about the most contagious virus that we've seen," warned CNN medical analyst Jonathan Reiner on Saturday. The World Health Organization has found that Omicron cases are doubling every one-and-a-half to three days in countries with documented transmission. This looks awful. And it may end up being the worst wave yet. Right now, we just don't know.