Latest Covid Wave Likely Peaking on East Coast, Gottlieb Says

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Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the current wave of Omicron-driven coronavirus cases is projected to peak nationally in mid-January, and may have already peaked in some East Coast cities Is.

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In Barron’s big interview, Gottlieb said that in parts of the country, along the East Coast, “it’s probably just peaking,” including places like the New York metropolitan area, the Mid-Atlantic, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Florida and Delaware.

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In other parts of the country where Omicron hasn’t become prevalent yet, such as the Midwest and the Plains, “they still have a couple of weeks to go,” he said.

Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of Brown University School of Public Health, told abc “This week with George Stephanopoulos,” that the current COVID-19 boom is revealing two trends, vaccinated people who are becoming infected but avoiding hospital and unvaccinated people and high-risk people who have not yet Haven’t received your booster shots “really filling up the hospital.”

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Jha also expects the current surge to peak in the next few weeks. “It will peak at different times in different places in the US. But once we get to February, I really expect a very low number of cases,” he said.

America’s weekly average is 700,000 cases a dayUp 279% over the past two weeks, according to The Wall Street Journal’s analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. America told 900,832 confirmed cases on Saturday, and 2,615 deaths.

Gottlieb, who is a board member at Pfizer (ticker: PFE), which makes one of the mRNA Covid vaccines, told CBS “Face the Nation” on Sunday said that although fewer cases require hospitalization, the number of cases “rises significantly,” and many hospitals along the East Coast are reaching their totals from the first wave of coronavirus infections. Will go or go beyond it.

The good news is that hospital stays have come down from four days to 1.6 days, according to the Kaiser survey, he said. “But right now the rapid pace of spread and the number of hospitalizations are pressing them.”

Last week, Moderna (mRNA) CEO Stefan Bunsell said people may need a fourth shot of the vaccine after the initial two doses and the first booster. When asked about that prediction, Gottlieb explained baron’s They agreed that the vaccine would likely become an annual vaccine, and that people would be vaccinated in the fall to winter.

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