Omicron tops delta variant for number of COVID-19 deaths nationwide
JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – The omicron variant has now surpassed the delta variant in the number of COVID-19 deaths nationwide.
According to the seven-day rolling average of new daily COVID-19 deaths in the United States, deaths have increased since mid-November, reaching 2,267 on Thursday.
This surpasses September’s peak of 2,100 when delta was the dominant variant.
The omicron variant is highly contagious. It is the dominant strain ravaging America. According to Dr. Jeffrey Goldhagen, its death toll is so high because it infects more people.
“Because the number is so much higher that ultimately more people are getting sick, hospitalized and dying than before,” said Dr. Jeffrey Goldhagen, MD, MPH
Goldhagen said the omicron deaths had a target audience.
“Deaths and illnesses occur primarily in unvaccinated people and/or in those who have been vaccinated but not vaccinated,” Goldhagen said.
Chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci expects most states to reach the omicron peak by mid-February. Meanwhile, there’s a new omicron subvariant, but public health officials aren’t panicking.
“We are following this very closely. It seems a bit more transmissible, but not necessarily more serious,” Fauci said.
The pandemic is far from behind us. Medical experts continue to advocate for vaccinations and booster shots for those eligible.
Dr. Goldhagen says new variants are inevitable. He says people shouldn’t be as concerned about previous strains and should continue to follow preventive measures.
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