CDC Director: Omicron could become a dominant species in the US The infected keep coming.

picture explanationRochelle Wallensky, CDC Director

With the number of confirmed cases of Omicron, a new mutation of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in the United States, one after another, it is predicted that this mutation could become the dominant species in the United States.

Rochelle Wallensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told CNN on the 3rd (local time) that a new omicron mutation could ultimately become the dominant species of coronavirus in the United States.

Wallensk also said the U.S. has expanded its gene sequencing work to learn more about micron mutations.

He said initial data and mutation data suggest that the omicron could be a more powerful mutation than the delta.

Director Wallensky also pointed out that Omicron’s case from Minnesota was infected even after being hit with a booster shot, “Maybe this is actually a vaccine success case rather than a vaccine failure case.”

He was infected with Omicron, but had only mild symptoms, and it disappeared quickly.

Director Wallensky then called for delta mutations to be the current biggest concern.

After proposing various preventive measures such as vaccination, booster shots, and wearing a mask as countermeasures against the delta mutation, he said, “These are highly likely to be effective against omicron mutation.”

In the United States, the number of confirmed cases of Omicron is coming out one after another. After the first confirmed case in California on the 1st, 8 more people were added on the 2nd, and on the 3rd, 11 more Omicron confirmed cases were confirmed in Nebraska, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Missouri.

Shoppers wearing face masks at a department store in New York, USA

picture explanationShoppers wearing face masks at a department store in New York, USA

Nebraska reported six cases of Omicron. One was a person who returned from Nigeria on the 23rd of last month, and the other five are patients who are believed to have been infected at home through this person.

Only one person had been vaccinated, but no one was seriously ill enough to be hospitalized, state health officials said.

In Maryland, three people living in Baltimore, near the capital, Washington, DC, have tested positive, two of whom were vaccinated on a recent trip to South Africa and one who had not been vaccinated in their home.

Separately, another was a vaccinated person who had not recently traveled abroad. None of them were hospitalized.

Also, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a man in his 30s was tested positive for Omicron, and Missouri also confirmed that a resident of St. Louis who had recently traveled to Korea was infected with Omicron.

So far, 20 people in at least nine states in the United States have been confirmed to be infected with Omicron.

Meanwhile, the average daily number of new COVID-19 cases across the U.S. is also on the rise.

According to the New York Times (NYT) on the 2nd, the average daily number of new confirmed cases in the United States in the last week was 94,643, up 4% from two weeks ago.

The number of new confirmed cases in the United States, which had stagnated at around 70,000 until the beginning of last month, began to draw an upward curve as the weather got colder, rising to 95,000 on the 24th of last month, the day before Thanksgiving.

However, the number of confirmed cases, which fell after the Thanksgiving holiday, has been on the rise since the 30th of last month.

The average number of inpatients per day for one week rose to 56,900, up 17% from two weeks ago as of two days.


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