After a Year, Omicron Still Driving COVID Surges and Worries
By LAURA UNGAR, AP Science Writer
A year after omicron began its assault on humanity, the ever-morphing coronavirus mutant drove COVID-19 case counts higher in many places just as Americans gathered for Thanksgiving. It was a prelude to a wave that experts expect to soon wash over the U.S.
Phoenix-area emergency physician Dr. Nicholas Vasquez said his hospital admitted a growing number of chronically ill people and nursing home residents with severe COVID-19 this month.
Its been quite a while since we needed to have COVID wards, he said. Its making a clear comeback.
Nationally, new COVID cases averaged around 39,300 a day as of Tuesday far lower than last winter but a vast undercount because of reduced testing and reporting. About 28,000 people with COVID were hospitalized daily and about 340 died.
Cases and deaths were up from two weeks earlier. Yet a fifth of the U.S. population hasnt been vaccinated, most Americans havent gotten the latest boosters and many have stopped wearing masks.
Continue read on usnews.com