Omicron becomes the dominant COVID variant in the U.S., accounting for 73% of new infections


The extremely transmissible Omicron variant is now dominant in the United States, in keeping with new information launched by the CDC on Monday. The variant now makes up greater than 73% of new infections, a virtually six-fold improve in comparison with the week earlier than. 

Omicron makes up the highest share of new circumstances in the South, Central Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and the New York space. 

The steep rise of the Omicron variant comes as circumstances surge throughout the nation, significantly in New York, which is reporting one in 10 new circumstances nationally. On Monday, the state reported its highest quantity of day by day infections for the fourth consecutive day, and New York City is now averaging extra day by day infections since the pandemic started. But hospitalizations each in the metropolis and statewide have but to close pandemic information. 

The surge of new Omicron circumstances mirrors traits seen in different international locations, together with South Africa, Denmark, and the United Kingdom.

According to data from the U.K., the danger of family transmission after an preliminary Omicron case is almost thrice larger than it’s for Delta, and preliminary analysis signifies it has the next rate of reinfection as effectively. In the U.S., Houston Methodist Hospital found that after lower than three weeks, Omicron circumstances accounted for 82% of new symptomatic COVID sufferers. It took the Delta variant three months to achieve that time. 

Recent information launched by vaccine producers has confirmed preliminary fears that mutations to the variant’s spike protein might enable it to extra simply evade immunity amongst people who’re totally vaccinated, however booster doses have been proven to considerably improve antibody ranges. Moderna said Monday {that a} booster dose of its vaccine resulted in a 37-fold improve in antibody ranges. 

President Joe Biden is slated to handle the nation’s current surge and current his administration’s plans to mitigate the impression of the Omicron variant in a speech Tuesday. 

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