- According to CDC data, there has been a 17% increase in seven-day Covid hospitalizations over the past three weeks, from 40,000 to 47,000 currently with 54,000 hospitalized.
- Cold weather, holiday festivities and now Omicron editions may contribute to the growth of a covid in the future
- The Omicron COVID-19 variant, first discovered last week by South African health officials, was first detected in the US on Wednesday
- Little is yet known about the variant, but it is believed to be highly contagious and potentially vaccine-resistant.
Hospitals related to COVID-19 rose sharply last month, as the holiday season is in full swing and a new threat reaches the US in the form of Omicron editions.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 50,000 Americans are in hospital with the virus every day, a jump from the figure of 40,000 recorded three weeks ago.
Hospitalizations have also risen recently in most parts of the country, and the nation prepares for what could be another post-discharge season of Covid surge.
A new threat to the nation has also emerged, as the first case of an Omicron COVID-19 variant, which may be the most infectious strain yet and potentially the vaccine to be developed, was sequenced in California on Wednesday.
Hospitalizations in the US have increased nearly 20% in the past three weeks, and that number could continue to rise as the holiday season is in full swing and the Omicron version first finds its way into the country. Image: CDC’s daily hospitalization data since August 2020
The Omicron variant was first detected in the US on Wednesday after a person who had recently arrived from South Africa and tested positive in San Francisco was diagnosed with it.
The CDC reports that an average of more than 47,000 Americans are hospitalized every day due to complications caused by COVID-19, of whom about 54,000 are currently hospitalized.
According to official figures, on November 10, nearly 40,000 Americans were hospitalized because of the virus – a 17 percent jump in just three weeks.
During this time, there has been a gradual upward trend in cases and deaths in the United States, although recent lag in reporting due to the Thanksgiving holiday makes it impossible to gather an accurate picture of the past week.
According to the most recent figures, there are an average of about 80,000 new Covid cases in the US every day and 900 deaths per day, although they are potentially low.
The recent Covid hospitalizations are no surprise, and some health experts believe it could get worse as the holiday season continues.
Last year, the holiday season was preceded by the worst Covid surge ever, and the nation averaged over 250,000 cases per day in early January.
While widespread adoption of vaccines should ensure it doesn’t reach that point this winter — with the CDC reporting that 70 percent of Americans have received at least one shot and 60 percent fully vaccinated. Have done – There is a possibility of a surge in cases.
The Omicron version has also arrived in the US, now posing a risk to all Americans, even those who have been vaccinated.
The mutant virus strain, which was first detected last week in South Africa but likely originated in Botswana or elsewhere in Europe, is the more mutated version yet discovered.
It has 50 mutations, including more than 30 on the spike protein, that many experts fear could evade vaccine protection.
Early data on Omicron from South Africa is promising, with cases of the variant being found to be relatively mild compared to other strains. Pictured: A man in Joplin, Missouri, receives treatment at a hospital on August 3
Some drug manufacturers have warned that their products may not be as effective against Omicron as other strains such as Delta were.
BioNTech chief Dr Ugar Sahin said on Tuesday that his company’s vaccine – a joint effort with Pfizer – could prevent hospitalizations from Covid, but may not be as effective at preventing infection from Omicron as it is in other cases. Variant was .
Regeneron, maker of the FDA-approved monoclonal antibody drug used to treat Kovid, also said that its drug may not be as effective against the new strain.
Experts warn people not to panic, however, as little is yet known about the strain, or how dangerous it is, and early data from South Africa suggests cases of the strain are relatively minor compared to others.
It has been suggested by some experts that more data about the variant, and how dangerous it is, may become available in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the first case of the virus was sequenced on Wednesday in San Francisco, California.
A vaccinated person who had recently returned from a trip to South Africa on 22 November tested positive for the virus on 29 November.
The federal government has taken drastic action to stop the virus from spreading across the US, banning travel into the country from seven South African countries starting Monday.
The CDC is calling on US airliners to name all those who entered the country from eight African countries deemed at risk by this variant.
President Biden has also considered forcing all international travelers in the country to quarantine for seven days, regardless of vaccine or testing status.
A total of 371 cases of Omicron have been confirmed in 24 countries around the world.