Health experts warned Americans on Thursday that the rising tide of COVID19 cases, led by the Omicron variant, threatens major disruptions in their lives, from school to shopping, and urges them to be prepared for challenging months now.
The United States had an average seven-day record of new cases, with more than 290,000 new infections reported each day, Reuters figures show.
According to records, at least 18 states and Puerto Rico have set epidemic records for new cases. Maryland, Ohio and Washington, D.C. also saw record hospital admissions as U.COVID hospital admissions increased 27%.
The increase is due to an increase in vacation travel as New Year’s celebrations are still pending and schools are buzzing with students returning to the classroom after the winter break.
“We will see the number of cases in this country increase so dramatically that it will be difficult for us to continue our daily life,” he said. Michael Osterhome, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Minnesota, told MSNBC.
“There’s going to be a viral snowstorm next month,” he said. “It’s putting pressure on society as a whole. The country’s leading infectious disease officer, Dr Anthony Fawcett, said on Wednesday that the case is likely to grow by the end of the year.”
He and other U.S. health officials said preliminary data showed Omicron looked less serious, but they continued to push for vaccines, masks and physical distance.
Services, schools and retailers in the coming weeks. “We have to be very careful not to underestimate Omicron,” he said. Peter Hotz, an infectious disease specialist at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN.
It is also worrying that healthcare workers are being marginalized by their own covid cases as well as less effective treatments, Hotz said.
“We are at a critical juncture. In early 2020, 825,663 people in the United States died of covidosis, with data showing the latest wave of hospital admissions for unvaccinated people.
“President Joe Biden unveiled new news this month. Hospitals plan to tackle the Omicron-powered wave, including federal reinforcement and further testing, but some experts say it’s too short and too late.”
However, so far, the economy appears to be stable, though some economists warn. While air traffic was largely disrupted and stores closed and events in some troubled areas were canceled, other measures such as Christmas sales were maintained.
The labor market is also catching up: new applications for the state’s unemployment benefits hit their lowest level in an epidemic last week, the labor ministry announced on Thursday. For small businesses, he said he expects the first week of January to be slower than Omicron forecasts.
“The rest of January will likely depend on state and community health policies and epidemic data,” Greenberg told Reuters. Keys, especially for working parents, promises to be open with further testing with systems in Washington and New York.
Education Minister Miguel Cardona acknowledged the problem was with staff but urged schools to take action to keep children in the classroom. Unlike last year’s closing, “We have better equipment now. They should be open, “he told MSNBC, adding that federal funds continue to be available to increase staffing levels and testing.
In the meantime, some universities have postponed their next semester or gone online. “We have a light at the end of the tunnel,” Osterhom said. “But now you have to knock.