Covid Updates – the US can expect to witness an influx of Omicron cases as soon as the first month of next year. A much-awaited French booster shot promised to combat the variant.
The new data that the health agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released shows that America is on the verge of another covid wave as the country expects a sharp spike in Omicron cases from the next month.
With the end of the second week of December, the number of Covid cases increased from 0.4 percent to 2.9 percent, reported the agency on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in the regions including New Jersey, the U.S. Virgin Islands, New York and Puerto Rico the cases have reportedly been reached 13.1 percent.
On Tuesday, during a briefing with the health officials of the state and public health representatives across the country, C.D.C. officials notified of two possible situations. The first was delta and Omicron wave arriving the next month just like influenza and winter respiratory infections surge.
“The early signals say there are going to be waves coming,” said Public Health Laboratories’ CEO, Scott Becker, while on the call.
“We are already expecting an uptick, just because we have seen a lot of respiratory viruses already this fall, including R.S.V., which was extensive,” he said.
The officials proposed a second scenario in which the country sees a slight surge in Omicron cases in the next spring. However, it is yet to determine how accurate the forecasts were.
Moreover, the evidence about the new variant has just begun to reveal. Though the death and hospitalization rate due to it is still unknown.
Health practitioners are currently studying the nature of this variant to prepare combat strategies to safeguard individuals from severe complications.
The previous week, CDC reported 43 infected individuals in the first few days of December and out of which 34 were completely vaccinated. One-third of the 43 had traveled internationally before diagnosis, suggesting some level of spread across the world.
“Omicron is spreading at a rate we have not seen with any previous variant,” said the WHO’s director-general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
“Even if Omicron causes less severe cases, the sheer number of cases could once again overwhelm unprepared health systems,” he added.