The virus is taking the lives of more people than ever before, with the U.S. reporting over 2,000 deaths every day in the past month. Data shows that the only other time death rates were this high dates back from the time vaccines were still unavailable. Experts have analyzed this data to reveal the demographics and characteristics of people dying of COVID-19.
With changes in Omicron’s impact also comes adjustments on current COVID-19 health and safety protocols. According to Fauci, the U.S. is gearing up to relax currently mandated rules and restrictions implemented to prevent Omicron’s further spread.
In the last six weeks, the United States has recorded over 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19. The States of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee have the largest contributions to current death rates and are coincidentally the lowest vaccination States.
However optimistic the scientific community has become with regards to COVID-19’s endemicity, however, they do warn of the possibility of another COVID-19 surge. With a new variant, BA.2, beginning to surface, it’s clear that we may be faced with a new wave of infections soon.
Initial thoughts on Omicron’s high transmissibility attributed it to higher viral loads, similar to the characteristics of the Delta variant. But the results of two studies reveal that Omicron’s transmissibility prowess is not because of a high viral load. Instead, it is due to its immune evasion. The studies point out that Omicron’s mutations have the ability to evade immunity from vaccinations or past infections.