Feb. 9, 2022
With the Omicron variant now accounting for nearly 100% of COVID-19 instances in the USA, the seven-day common of each day COVID-related deaths hit 2,600 lately, the best fee in a few yr,The Washington Post reported.
That’s greater than the roughly 2,000 each day deaths final autumn in the course of the Delta surge, however lower than the three,000 each day deaths final January, when COVID vaccines weren’t broadly obtainable, The Publish information evaluation stated.
The Omicron variant typically causes much less extreme illness than different strains of COVID, however as a result of it’s so transmissible, Omicron is infecting greater uncooked numbers of those that earlier strains.
“Even when on a per-case foundation fewer folks develop extreme sickness and die, whenever you apply a small proportion to a really giant quantity, you get a considerable quantity,” Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist on the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg College of Public Well being, informed The Publish.
The unvaccinated, folks over 75, and other people with underlying medical situations are the teams most endangered by Omicron, The Publish stated. About half of the deaths in January 2022 had been amongst folks over 75, in comparison with a few third in September in the course of the Delta surge.
The age pattern is seen in Florida, stated Jason Salemi, an epidemiologist on the College of South Florida School of Public Well being. He informed The Publish that seniors accounted for about 85% of deaths final winter, about 60% in the course of the Delta surge, and about 80% now in the course of the Omicron surge.
The uptick in senior deaths might have occurred as a result of seniors who bought vaccinated in early 2021 didn’t get boosted forward of the Omicron surge, he stated.
“Omicron could also be much less extreme for youthful folks, however it can nonetheless discover weak seniors in our neighborhood,” Salemi stated. “That vaccination again in February isn’t as efficient now in case you aren’t boosted.”
CDC data exhibits that 95% of individuals in the USA over 65 have gotten not less than one dose of vaccine, 88.5% are absolutely vaccinated, however solely 62.5% have gotten a booster dose.
The COVID dying fee is highest within the Midwest. Over the past two months, Chicago reported greater than 1,000 COVID deaths, virtually as a lot because the December 2020 peak, The Publish stated. Minorities have been hit laborious. About third of town’s inhabitants is Black however about half the COVID victims are Black, The Publish stated.
“It’s been difficult as a result of it goes up towards the nationwide narrative that omicron is nothing harmful,” stated Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Division of Public Well being.
In a Wednesday news briefing at The White Home, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, offered barely totally different statistics on COVID-related deaths. She stated that the seven-day common of each day deaths was about 2,400, up 3% from the earlier week.
The seven-day each day common of instances is about 247,300 instances per day, down 44% from the earlier week, she stated. Hospital admissions are about 13,000 each day, down 25% from the earlier week.
Walensky stated the Omicron variant now accounts for nearly 100% of COVID viruses circulating in the USA.