Omicron is Now the Dominant COVID Strain in the US

The new variant has spread with surprising speed.

The new variant has spread with surprising speed.

In only about a month’s time, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has supplanted the Delta variant as the most common iteration of the coronavirus in the United States. According to the latest data released yesterday by the CDC, Omicron variant is estimated to be responsible for approximately 73% of new confirmed COVID-19 cases, nearly six times the rate at which Omicron was causing cases just last week.

New case confirmations are rising around the United States, with New York in particular being hit especially hard. On Monday, New York government officials reported the highest number of new COVID-19 infections for the fourth day in a row, and infections in general are even higher than when the pandemic first began in March of 2020. However, thanks to infrastructure put in place over the course of the pandemic, the populace and officials are better equipped to handle the surge, so hospitalization rates have not yet reached the levels of the early pandemic.

Vaccine manufacturers are advising everyone not only to get the full two shots of either a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, but to also receive a third booster shot. Recently-released studies show an exponential increase in coronavirus-fighting antibodies after a booster shot, which is important as the Omicron variant is confirmed to possess spike proteins that make it better at evading a two-shot vaccine.

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