Experts predict a massive spike in cases in January
As the holiday season begins, the U.S. is once again hit by a high surge of COVID-19 cases around the states.
Currently, the highest number of cases are in densely populated cities with high vaccination rates. Half of the new omicron cases are in New York City, where the vaccination rate is 70%.
Broadway shows have been canceled and NHL has postponed games for the holiday season.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a series of measures to address the omicron variant.
There are long testing lines for COVID-19 in New York, Miami, and Rockford, Maryland. Restrictions are set in place and major events have been canceled.
As holidays are fast approaching, health officials are on high alert. The airports are once again packed as people are traveling for holiday celebrations. This could complicate the problem as experts predict another wave of infections by January.
There’s also looming concern that hospitals will once again be packed and flooded with COVID-19 admissions.
Currently, the country is grappling with two surges: a surge in COVID testing and a surge of holiday traveling. The situation is very similar to what we’d seen at the beginning of the pandemic.
Due to the high transmissibility of the omicron variant, the CDC predicts that it will soon surpass delta and become the dominant strain. How soon it will be is just a matter of weeks.
There is still a lot that remains unknown about the omicron variant. But one thing we know for sure — the never-ending pandemic won’t be over any time soon.