- Omicron begins to retreat in the US.
- The first decrease in the number of infections and hospitalizations is reported.
- However deaths are still rising.
GOOD NEWS. Omicron is beginning to retreat in the US. In recent days the country reported the first decrease in the number of infections and hospitalizations since the variant caused a serious rebound. Unfortunately deaths are still rising.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that on average 692,400 daily cases of Covid-19 infections have been recorded in the last seven days, which represents 6% less than what they recorded the previous week .
Omicron begins to retreat in the US although deaths continue to rise
Not only have cases decreased, so have the number of hospitalizations. In the last seven days, an average of 19,800 daily admissions were recorded, which is 8% less than what was reported in the country last week. This is the first time that there has been a decline in cases and hospitalizations since the wave that unleashed Omicron in December
However, the CDC says that the most tragic number continues to rise. This last week, the United States recorded an average of 2,200 deaths daily, which represents 21% more than the deaths they recorded the previous week. But what does this mean?
Do not lower your guard against Covid-19
Experts had already predicted that something similar to what happened in South Africa would happen in the United States, where the Omicron advanced explosively and then went through a rapid decline. It seems that the forecasts were accurate, but the Biden administration still does not feel totally confident.
Faced with this scenario, on Wednesday, the White House asked the public not to lower their guard and asked them once again to get vaccinated. They also reminded people that this variant is very contagious and although it may be less severe, it has sent millions to the hospital.
Vaccination is the best option
Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, commented in a press conference: “A lot of people are tired, but our hospitals are still facing occupancy problems. It has been two very long years, but we must follow the recommendations that we know work: wear a mask, get vaccinated and receive a booster dose.”
Vaccination remains the main recommendation of the White House and agencies such as the CDC, who are concerned that the vaccines have been politicized and that many refuse to get their shots simply because they don’t trust the government.
What happens if I get vaccinated?
According to Walensky, those who have their first two shots and a booster dose are 68 times less likely to die from the coronavirus compared to those who have decided not to get vaccinated, the EFE news agency reported.
How is vaccination going so far? Well, only 63.5% of people in the United States have been fully vaccinated (first and second doses) and only 40.3% of citizens already vaccinated have received a booster dose, CDC data indicates.
Vaccine for everyone
The truth is that right now the United States has a large inventory of vaccines, so much so that they announced on Wednesday that to date they have donated 400 million doses to 112 countries around the world. There are still a few more to donate, because the Biden government promised to distribute 1.1 billion in a year
The group of White House advisers has reached the terrifying conclusion that “everyone” will get Covid-19 sooner or later and that the virus will end up being like the flu, a disease we have learned to live with. Although, it’s to get vaccinated for the virus to become less deadly and disruptive to our daily lives.
Will Covid-19 be like the flu?
Anthony Fauci, the White House’s Chief Medical Adviser, says that in the long term they hope that the level of severity of the disease will decrease and end up being “low enough that the functioning of society is relatively normal.”
For this, there are still some actions that people must take, such as getting vaccinated and wearing masks. Just as the government extended the ages for people to receive the booster dose, it set up a website to request free tests, said it would distribute 400 million masks and that it would buy 20 million antiviral pills.
Coping with the coronavirus
The Biden administration even tried to implement a measure that would force companies with 100 or more employees to ask all their workers for vaccinations or present a negative Covid-19 test every week, but the Supreme Court struck down that mandate.
To date, the United States is the country most affected by the coronavirus with the highest number of infections, about 72.3 million cases, and the highest number of deaths, more than 873,000 from Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Ómicron begins to retreat in the US although deaths continue to rise.
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