We’re clearly on a vertical push right nowAnthony Fauci, senior White House adviser in the fight against the pandemic, explained on public radio NPR, commenting on data compiled by the New York Times.
The country recorded 214,499 new cases on Sunday, a jump of 83% on an average of 14 days, and is approaching the daily record of 251,232 positive cases, reached in January 2021.
The daily average number of deaths also increased slightly over 14 days (+ 3%) with 1,328 deaths.
On December 24, the United States had passed the mark of 197,000 daily cases and recorded 1,345 deaths in the most bereaved country in the world (more than 800,000 dead).
Several states such as Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, as well as the US territory of Puerto Rico, have experienced an unprecedented increase in a period of seven days, adds the daily.
In New York, health officials have also seen an increase in the number of children hospitalized in connection with COVID-19.
The end of this push
is very difficult to predict, added Dr Fauci.
We hope that it will reach a peak and come down like what we have seen in other countries like South Africa.
In this country, where the Omicron variant was first detected, contaminations are down after having exploded. It is
possibly due to saturation, i.e. the variant has reached all vulnerable targets like unvaccinated people, who are still plentiful in the United States, he said.
Less dangerous for vaccinated people
The Omicron variant, which is more contagious than the Delta, however appears to be less dangerous for people who have received at least two doses of the vaccine, added Anthony Fauci.
We hope that this lesser severity will prevent an increase in hospitalizations, but we are really very worried about the unvaccinated who are vulnerable., he assured.
The scientist also said he was unfavorable to a new vaccine campaign for a 4th dose, believing that boosters too close together did not allow the immune system to strengthen against the coronavirus.
Right now, get your booster dose, don’t worry about a fourth dose and maybe you’ll never have to worry about it., he said.