CDC Director Rochelle Walensky tweets after backlash over Omicron death comments
Walensky said it was "encouraging news in the context of Omicron" that most deaths caused by the COVID variant were in people with at least four comorbidities, prompting people to tweet "#MyDisabledLifeIsWorthy."
About 24% of US hospitals are reporting a "critical staffing shortage," according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services, as experts warn the Covid-19 surge fueled by Omicron threatens the nation's health care system.
Nearly a quarter of hospitals are reporting a critical staff shortage as Omicron drives a rise in Covid-19 cases
About 24% of US hospitals are reporting a "critical staffing shortage," according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services, as public health experts warn the Covid-19 surge fueled by the Omicron variant threatens the nation's health care system.
Researchers at universities and government agencies in the Netherlands found that Omicron would count as the first of a new group of the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen. Whereas previous variants cluster in a single group
We don't need lockdowns, school closures, or onerous travel restrictions.
Instead, we need to make an even sharper distinction btwn the vaccinated & those who are not, coupled w/ sensible measures to slow viral spread so that the health-care system isn't overburdened.
My take: https://t.co/gOZzpt8EY4
Omicron wave receding at global epicenter, CDC cautiously optimistic
The omicron wave that has whiplashed the world with surging cases has peaked after approximately four weeks in a large South African hospital in the City of Tshwane where the global outbreak first started, according to a recent paper.
As the Omicron variant drives a steep rise in Covid-19 cases, Los Angeles hits record number of new infections
Los Angeles County on Saturday reported its highest number of new Covid-19 cases in one week since the start of the pandemic, marking another milestone as the Omicron variant fuels a surge across the US.
"It is crucial that we approach this phase of the pandemic substantially differently rather than fighting the same way we did against the last mutation," says @FareedZakaria on the Omicron phase of the pandemic, citing recent studies on Covid-19 variants. #FareedsTake
"The risk right now is to the Midwest, where you have rising infection, where they aren't in the thick of their omicron wave yet,," @ScottGottliebMD predicts where the #Omicron wave will hit next and says several states in the Mid-Atlantic have already peaked.
Officials in Tianjin, near Beijing, said on Sunday that its entire population of 14 million would be tested for the coronavirus after it was found in 20 residents, at least two of whom were infected with the fast-moving Omicron variant.
Real-world data is still coming in on whether or not Omicron causes a milder illness and carries a lower risk of hospitalisation, but early laboratory data on lung tissue in mice and hamsters could have answers.
New research has mapped differences between all major versions of SARS-CoV-2 and suggests that, although administering existing vaccines is still useful, Omicron is so different from other strains that they may need updating
We got lucky. But that luck might not hold. Many of the same epidemiologists who have breathed a sigh of relief over Omicron’s relatively low death rate are anticipating that the next lineage might be much worse
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