Omicron is Now Dominant Variant in US

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Quoting the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Washington Post writes that Omicron infections are expected to “steep” in January 2022. According to the Post, CDC report detailed two “plausible scenarios”:

  • A worst-case scenario with “steep epidemic trajectories” that would demand swift action to prevent severe strain on health systems.
  • A second scenario that could lead to a smaller surge in April.

“The omicron variant accounted for 73 percent of new coronavirus cases in the United States between Dec. 12 and 18, showcasing the highly contagious nature of the variant.”

– The CDC modeled projections

“Though the precise contribution of each of the two factors remains unknown, a substantial degree of immune evasion is likely as has been demonstrated in early in vitro studies,” the CDC reported.

Omicron is already more than 90% in New York area, the Southeast, the industrial Midwest and the Pacific Northwest, according to Associate Press.

The new numbers reflect the kind of growth seen in other countries. These numbers are stark, but they’re not surprising.

– CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky (source: Associated Press)

Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told AP “All of us have a date with omicron. If you’re going to interact with society, if you’re going to have any type of life, omicron will be something you encounter, and the best way you can encounter this is to be fully vaccinated.”

“I never imagined a year ago, when those vaccines were just proving to be fantastically safe and effective, that we would still have 60 million people who had not taken advantage of them because of misinformation and disinformation that somehow dominated all of the ways in which people were getting their answers.”

– Dr. Francis Collins, former director of the National Institutes of Health (source: CNN)

Dr. Walensky is quoted by AP “Though there remain a lot of new infections caused by the delta variant, ‘I anticipate that over time that delta will be crowded out by omicron’ “.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of Dec 21, 9 a.m.) 606,309,295 doses have been distributed and 497,375,025 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of Dec 19) a total of 8,505,668 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of Dec 21) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 990,047 (out of 15,773,963 tested) with 10,197 deaths.