The highly infectious omicron variant is conservatively believed to be the prevalent form in the United States, contributing to 73 percent of new coronavirus infections, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just three weeks after it was first detected in the US.
With the exception of Oklahoma and North Dakota, the variant has now been reported in every state.
The omicron variant currently accounts for more than 90% of new cases in several sections of the country, including the New York, New Jersey area, the upper Midwest, and the Pacific Northwest.
The substantial growth is more than 72 percent higher than only one week before, when omicron, also known as B.1.1.529, was expected to account for only 0.4 percent of all new cases.
The CDC in a statement released on Monday said
The WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have both listed omicron as a potentially harmful variant.
Health officials and researchers have cautioned that the omicron variant is a more infectious variant of the virus which might probably result in a big COVID-19 outbreak in the next weeks and months.
During his speech on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, said
COVID-19’s current revival in the United States comes only a week before Christmas and the New Year when millions of Americans are slated to assemble and travel for the festive holidays.
More than 130,000 new cases are being confirmed every day in the United States, which is much more than double the rate of two months ago.
COVID-19 has incapacitated approximately 70,000 Americans nationwide, and the virus continues to claim the lives of about 1,200 Americans every day.
Given worries about dwindling immunity, health officials continue to advise the public to be vaccinated and enhance their protection as swiftly as possible.