“We know that increased vaccinations and infections are strengthening our defenses against Covid,” said Thomas Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. wrote Monday on Twitter. “I am more optimistic about our ability to tame the pandemic than at any time since it emerged.”
“Unless, of course, a worse variant emerges, with Omicron’s infectivity and lethality like Delta,” he added.
In the United States, Omicron cases appear to be crested in the Northeast, parts of the Upper Midwest, and other regions where it first arrived, while nationally, new cases and hospitalizations have slowed down in recent days.
However, hospitals in other regions of the country still being expandedstrained to handle patients after multiple spikes and understaffing, including in Mississippi, where nearly all of the state’s acute care hospitals are located. push up capacity. And the new death toll remains high.
In the United States, 37% of people are not fully immunized, compared with 25% in Western Europe. Three-quarters of the population of the United States has not received a booster shot, compared with half of the population of Western Europe.
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Devi Sridhar, head of the global public health program at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, says the number and concentration of unvaccinated people in parts of the US puts the country in a predicament. more dangerous than in the well-immunized regions of Europe, where a return to normal is underway.
“In these countries, we are getting to what I think is the beginning, and we have the tools to manage it,” she said. “We must move on to the next chapter of this pandemic and move from an urgent crisis to a more sustainable one.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/24/world/europe/omicron-pandemic-who.html Omicron offers hope Pandemic may stabilize, WHO official said.