There has been a media frenzy about SARS-CoV-2 variants in recent months, which is inciting panic and worry, and dissuading some persons from getting vaccinated due to concerns that the vaccines won’t be protective. News reports are feeding this frenzy with nearly daily updates citing every new unreviewed pre-print study on viral variants. Inflammatory overblown headlines scream at the public, like the Los Angeles Times Science section articles entitled “California’s coronavirus strain looks increasingly dangerous: ‘The devil is already here’” and “The ‘nightmare scenario’ for California’s coronavirus strain: Here is what we know.” There is a disappointing lack of perspective and balance; for example the above articles are based on interviews of a single source who is presenting his own yet unpublished work. There are many reasons to temper these messages and reassure the public regarding this alarmist deluge of dire predictions. 

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