Since the outbreak of the new variant of the covid 19 in the world, The WHO labeled it as a variant of concern. As the cases of the omicron variant begin to rise, the people have become more cautious of the situation.
The cases have been witnessed in nearly all the countries and the variant is exhibiting a great rate of transmission and it was already stated in the initial studies.
Omicron Death Cases Surpassed Delta’s Peak, Hospitals Under Stress
The medical experts also warned of a high number of hospital admissions and currently around 158,000 American citizens are hospitalized in different parts of the country.
Although 50 percent of the states have started to show less number of cases and also, the seven day daily average cases have reduced down to 692,000 and the dip is around 6 percent.
On the other hand, around 26 states have started to report an almost 70 percent average daily rise in the omicron variant cases, and experts claim that the new variant entered these geographical locations very late.
Also, according to the health care officials in the US, the massive winter surge had been responsible for raising the death toll of the people in the US. The seven-day average of the affected people has been rising since the month of November.
The cases have surpassed the peak of cases caused by the Delta variant and have been a major reason of concern for the health care authorities in the country.
The symptoms exhibited by the omicron variant are mild as compared to the previous strains. The people witness cough, cold, fever, and headache and are able to recover much quicker. However, due to being highly contagious in nature, the number of hospitalizations has increased to a great extent.
It has increased the pressure on healthcare workers and hospital administration and around 30 percent of the hospitals in the country have reported an acute shortage of frontline workers.
Due to the shortage, offering much-required treatment to the severely covid 19 infected patients has become a reason of concern. Keeping in mind such an issue, The US CDC directed all the hospitals to halt the non-emergency patients and focus on coronavirus patients.
The death rate is increasing in the country and it was really not expected because the omicron strain is very mild in terms of severity but now the case is the opposite. The average seven-day daily death cases have crossed the mark of 2250 which is more than the delta variant peak and the delta was very dangerous as compared to the omicron.
Unvaccinated people remain at a greater risk of getting infected. Therefore, being vaccinated is better to fight the infection. The people who are eligible for booster shots must also receive them as early as possible.
The booster shots increase the immunity levels of the body by manifolds and reduce the chances of hospitalization and death by 90 percent. The antibody production becomes strong enough to fight the deadly infection. The administration has issued a distribution of free N95 masks and at-home testing kits for the citizens of the US.