New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising as the omicron surge continues

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The US is still weeks away from the peak in the number of new COVID-19 cases as the country continues to report rising rates of new infections due to the rapid spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

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airlines Still canceling flights, citing weather and outbreaks among workers. More MPs, including Reps, are testing positive for the virus. Sean Castane (D-Ill.), Jim Cooper (D-Ten.), Young Kim (R-Cal.), And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.),

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“We are confident that cases in major metropolitan areas along the coasts will peak over the next two weeks,” Chris Meakins, health policy expert and health care analyst at Raymond James, told investors on Monday. “It’s likely a few weeks in areas of the Midwest.”

Although infections caused by omicrons are thought to be minor, the sheer volume of cases means hospitals are filling up. it takes about two weeks First of all, cases start increasing after seeing an increase in the cases of hospitalization.

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Meakins said the US expected a record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations within days.

There is a difference between people hospitalized for COVID-19 and people testing positive for the virus in hospital.

“These two things are happening at the same time,” said Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. said on friday During a press briefing, later adding: “Those hospital screening programs have been going on for months. So I don’t think there’s a reason [increased] number of cases.”

Other COVID-19 news to know:

• Citigroup Inc. Moving forward with its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. According to a report by Businesshala NewsCity employees must be vaccinated by January 14 or will be placed on unpaid leave, with their last day of work set for January 31.

• As we approach the third year of the pandemic, the American public is losing faith in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has been criticized for a series of messaging mistakes, according to axios, including its scattered recommendations regarding isolation policy changes and booster shots.

• It is still somewhat unclear how fast antigen tests can capture omicrons. a specialist told the Wall Street Journal That people who have been vaccinated and outcrossed may not test positive until three or four days after infection, depending on the “peak concentration of the virus.” Another expert said people may be contagious before there is enough virus to test positive.

• That said, some quick tests are easier to use than others, aAccording to ECRI Institute, which formally evaluated seven trials. Which test is the easiest to use? on / go

what do the numbers say here

The average number of new COVID-19 cases in the US is now 677,243 per day, according to A New York Times Tracker, The daily average of hospitalizations is 130,006, up 80% from two weeks ago, and the daily average of COVID-19-related deaths is 1,559, up 16% from two weeks ago. New cases are rising across the US, but most are in northeastern states, including New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

About 207.6 million people in the US, or 62.5% of the population, are fully vaccinated, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data, while 75.3 million people have received the COVID-19 booster shot. This is 36.3% of the population.

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