Updated December 30, 2021 at 11:28 AM ET
When Pam Mandel got the phone call this week that her cousin couldn't make the trip to Seattle to share New Year's Eve with her, she said it felt like a low blow.
"I have to tell you, I laughed because it was so weirdly predictable given how bad things have been," Mandel said.
The omicron variant is making the New Year's holiday hard for millions of Americans. As infections surge around the country, celebrations have been canceled.