‘They seem to be stumbling badly on all fronts’: CDC slashes omicron new-case estimates

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made significant revisions to its Omicron new case estimates.

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In new figures released Tuesday, the federal agency said Omron’s new cases accounted for just 22.5% of new cases for the week ended December 18, not the 73% originally estimated. Delta, which scientists believe to be a more severe mutation of the virus, is responsible for 77% of new cases.

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But it appears that Omicron still surpassed Delta as the leading strain in new cases over the past week. For the week ended December 25, Omicron accounted for 58.6% of new coronavirus cases compared to Delta’s 41.1%, the CDC said. Other variants accounted for 0.2%.

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The public expressed their dismay online. “CDC isn’t earning itself any trust,” says Lisa Horton, a romance writer, wrote on twitter TWTR,
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“I love how difficult the process is with a new disease, but they seem to be faltering on all fronts.” Another wrote: “No words.”

Omicron is the highly communicable version of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Preliminary studies suggest that many people who contract the Omicron variant will have less severe symptoms, and many will have no symptoms, but this variant is becoming an increasingly dominant strain in Europe and the Americas.

The World Health Organization has warned that Omicron puts health care systems at enormous risk. Omicron has resulted in fewer hospitalizations than Delta so far, but with a large number of cases even a small percentage run the risk of straining hospitals due to staffing shortages.

This week, US health officials shortened the isolation time for Americans who test positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms from 10 to five days, and in that time Also cut when close contacts need to self-quarantine. The CDC said that after those five days, Americans should still wear masks around others for five days.

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Chief Executive Officer Ed Bastian, Medical Advisor Carlos Del Rio and Chief Health Officer Henry Ting wrote to CDC Director Rochelle Valensky, adding that previous guidance was “developed in 2020 when the pandemic was in a different phase without effective vaccines and treatments.”

As the pandemic’s second Christmas has come and gone, and millions wonder how long it will continue, cases will continue to rise. have COVID-19 killed 816,239 American. An average of 267,305 new cases have been reported in the US daily, which is a 126% increase in two weeks. New York Times Tracker.

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