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Coronavirus Variant Omicron Advances Drastically

The new Omicron coronavirus mutant sweeping the globe could unleash yet another wave of chaos, putting medical workers under even more strain as they deal with a surge in delta cases and upsetting holiday preparations for the second year in a row. The White House claimed on Wednesday that a lockdown was unnecessary because immunizations are widely available and appear to protect against the virus’s worst effects.

Even though Omicron is milder overall than delta, it may disable some of the existing lifesaving measures, putting immune-compromised and elderly people in particular at risk as it launches a swift assault on the US. “Our delta surge is still going strong, and it’s getting stronger.” Dr. Jacob Lemieux, who analyses variants for a Harvard Medical School-led research team, added, “And on top of that, we’re going to add an Omicron surge.”

At a news conference on Tuesday, he and other specialists predicted that an Omicron outbreak is already underway in the United States, with the latest mutant coronavirus outperforming the country’s ability to detect it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said accounted for around 3% of genetically sequenced coronaviruses nationwide, based on samples obtained last week. The largest percentage — 13 percent — was found in the New York/New Jersey area.

These figures are likely underestimates, according to Harvard scientists, because Omicron moves so quickly that surveillance attempts can’t keep up. has been confirmed in over 75 countries around the world. The variation has been found in 36 states across the United States. Meanwhile, delta is on the rise across the country, with hotspots in New England and the upper Midwest.

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