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US Omicron Case Estimate Dropped Drastically by CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its estimates for Omicron variant infection in the United States, claiming that it accounts for around 59 percent of all Covid infections in the US, rather than the 73 percent previously stated. Nonetheless, the numbers released Tuesday show that Omicron is fast spreading in the United States, with a revised estimate of 23% of cases as of December 18th.

The adjustment reveals that the Delta variation remained dominant until the week before Christmas. Leaving aside the question of how the earlier estimate was so off, if the CDC’s latest estimate of #Omicron prevalence is right, it suggests that Delta infections may still be the cause of a significant number of the current Covid hospitalizations.

According to estimates from Johns Hopkins, the US has topped its all-time high for new cases, with daily totals exceeding 512,000. However, many testing sites were closed during the holiday weekend, and a CDC official told Politico that the figure was most likely a “overestimate” owing to a delay in state reporting. In the last four weeks, children have been hospitalised at roughly twice the rate of adults, according to NBC News.

The CDC also revealed on Tuesday that the Covid-19 vaccine has been provided to 505,013,980 people in the United States. According to the data, US health officials had given out 1,533,313 pills since the previous day. Since August 13, when the US permitted a third dose of the vaccines for persons with impaired immune systems, the government estimates that more than 67 million people have received an additional dose of either Pfizer’s or Moderna’s vaccine.

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