A number of United States (US) health experts on Thursday (30/12) urged citizens to prepare for severe chaos due to the increasing wave of COVID-19 cases due to the widespread outbreak of the Omicron variant, which threatens hospitals, schools and other sectors with an impact on daily life. -day.
The warning comes amid record coronavirus cases in America. While federal government officials are issuing more travel warnings and reportedly preparing to allow booster injections or booster for children aged 12-15 next week.
For the second day in a row, America has a record number of new cases based on an average of seven days, where according to the tally Reuters There are more than 290,000 new cases reported every day. Even at least 18 states and Puerto Rico recorded new daily cases. Similarly, record hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the states of Maryland, Ohio and Washington DC where overall rose by 27 percent.
The spike in COVID-19 cases comes amid increased travel during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday seasons, and as schools grapple with returning students to classrooms after the winter break.
“We will see the number of cases in this country increase dramatically. We will find it difficult to keep our daily lives going,” said Dr. Michael Osterholm, University of Minnesota infectious disease expert on television MSNBC. He added that “next month is going to be a viral storm. All society will be depressed because of this.”
America’s other leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Wednesday (29/12) said COVID-19 cases were likely to increase throughout January.
Fauci and several other U.S. health officials said preliminary data showed Omicron wasn’t too severe, but they continued to encourage vaccination, wearing masks and social distancing.
The CDC’s Centers for Disease Prevention and Control has also issued new guidelines shortening isolation and quarantine periods, which some health experts have criticized.
Newspaper New York Times on Thursday (30/12) reported that US health regulators plan to approve giving a third dose of vaccine for children aged 12-15 years next week. Previously, booster injections for children aged 16 years and over were approved.
With a shortage of medical testing kits and a number of breakthrough cases, experts warn a surge in new cases will upend hospitals, emergency response, schools and retailers in the next few weeks.
“We have to be very careful and not underestimate Omicron,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, infectious disease expert at Baylor College of Medicine in CNN.
Data shows that since the beginning of 2020, 825,663 people have died from COVID-19 in America. [em/jm]