News that a new variant was headed this way from South Africa hit the country this past week like a ton of bricks. Markets collapsed on two separate trading days and again after it was announced that omicron landed in California through a vaccinated passenger flying in from South Africa. While President Biden’s words were soothing, it is also worth noting that we have learned a lot since this time last year. We know that masks work. We know social distancing works. And we also know that three separate vaccines have 90%+ efficacy and even breakthroughs tend to be mild. Let’s rely on science, take a deep breath, and stop hyperventilating.