The nation is finally heaving a sigh of relief as omicron cases are falling in some states and so are the resultant deaths. However, there is no reason to be complacent. Omicron cases are milder not mild is what Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said, earlier.
The vaccine rollout that has been pushed strongly by the Biden administration has been partly responsible for milder disease as those who have been doubly vaccinated or boosted have been either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. Most of those who have been hospitalized or dead have been unvaccinated.
The administration has also released 400 million N95 masks for free for Americans that can be collected from big pharmacies and grocers in the nation such as Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Krogers as well as from community centers. Research shows that N95 masks offer additional protection from omicron transmission, although the CDC says that cloth masks can also be worn.
According to an AP-NORC poll this week, more Americans are taking precautionary measures against the virus than were doing so before the surge of the omicron. Vaccines and proper masks may not always stop the virus from being transmitted but will definitely increase the chances of getting a milder COVID-19 infection, that might not require hospitalization.
Omicron cases and deaths are falling across the nation. It had always been known that different states across the nation would see peaks of total cases as well as deaths at different times.
According to the COVID-19 Forecast Hub, deaths have peaked in a few states and falling deaths will the next step. The following states have seen peaks:
The CDC said that new hospital admissions had started to fall for all age groups. This is expected to be followed by a drop in deaths.
After the pandemic becomes an endemic, it will be a reason for cheer across the nation. However, it must be noted that those who compared a COVID-19 infection to flu have been totally discredited as flu seasons caused 10,000 to 15,000 deaths according to Nicholas Reich, a professor of biostatistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, while the death toll due to the pandemic has crossed 878,000 death in the U.S. So, mask up and get vaccinated to stop the death toll from increasing.