As Covid-19 cases surge again across the United States of America, ruining yet another holiday season, the medical experts gear up to combat the deadly virus which is triggered by the newly detected omicron variant.
The omicron variant powered covid-19 cases have already surpassed the number of cases caused by the delta strain in the summer across America.
However, one of the satisfactory points is that there are not as many hospitalizations as there were because of the delta strain.
This holiday season, hospitalization and deaths were less compared to what happened last year when the pandemic was at its peak.
Although, the experts have warned that this might not last long as the cases are surging because millions of Americans remain unvaccinated – increasing the complications and deaths from covid-19.
“Although hospitalizations may be less, that doesn’t mean zero. There are many places in the country where hospitalizations now are increasing,” Dr. William Schaffner, a professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
According to recent data, almost 69,000 people were hospitalized on the evening of Christmas. This is half of what was recorded last year and is definitely lower than what the American states witnessed during the covid-19 cases surge caused by the delta variant.
The U.S Health and Human services data stated that 12 states of America have recorded at least a 10% increase in hospitalization due to covid-19 in the past week.
According to the researchers, “omicron is less likely to cause severe illness.”
The government officials and health experts have warned the public that the omicron variant still overwhelms the healthcare workers as well as the hospitals across America as it is still not determined as to what extent this variant can cause damage.
Covid-19 cases increased 48% over the past week. The average daily cases in the United States are now 182,682, according to Johns Hopkins University.
New York just recorded a record-breaking 44,431 new cases on a daily basis which is a 14% increase in a week’s time.
“This is not a surprise,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “This is a very, very contagious variant.”