Cat omicron version of the coronavirus continues to expand as the number of daily cases and hospitalizations increases this month, experts believe the winter rise in some countries could be nearing its peak.
V Connecticut, doctors at the two largest health systems say they believe the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic could culminate in the country.
Meanwhile This was shown by Thursday’s data from the office of Governor Ned Lamont The number of COVID-19-related deaths has increased compared to last week, and the number of hospitalizations in Connecticut has also fallen by 22 since Wednesday.
“I think if you take a 1000-meter scan, you’ll notice a reduction in the growth rate again, and that’s very important,” Dr. Ulysses Wu, Head of Infectious Diseases at Hartford HealthCare. “So if you look at it as if we’re riding a slide, we may be approaching the top at this point, at least on this curve at this point.”
“Every next wave since then, we’ve seen a much milder decline and a larger shoulder or even a plateau,” he said on Wednesday. Thomas Balcezak, chief physician at Yale-New Haven Health. “I think with this we will see in the next five or six days that the total number of patients in the hospital will decrease, but it will slowly decline over the next four to six weeks.”
However, Balcezak noted that while health professionals – those who have not yet been infected, and some who are – are better in the care of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) and those on respirators, “we still need to be careful.”
The Washington Post reported Thursday that experts from Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia say COVID-19 may reach its peak there.
“As a region, there is hope that we are approaching the peak of this wave,” University of Virginia professor Costa Sifri, director of hospital epidemiology at U-Va, told the newspaper.
The publication noted that omicron has been shown to slow down in East Coast cities affected by this variant early on, such as New York and Boston.
Data from New York showed decline in hospitalizations on Thursday, 219 fewer cases were reported than the day before.
Almost 17 percent New Yorkers are still positive and the number of patients in the intensive care unit has increased.
“Although the rate of new infections continues to move in a promising direction, too many New Yorkers are getting sick, hospitalized or tragically losing their lives – we must remain vigilant in the fight against the virus,” said Governor Kathy Hochul. in a statement. “We cannot afford to reverse the progress we have made in fighting this winter rise. We continue to use the tools at our disposal to stop the spread and keep our loved ones safe and healthy: vaccines, boosters, masks and best practices such as washing your hands and staying home if you are sick. “
While the average number of new cases in New York has declined slightly in recent days, Mayor Eric Adams weighs which enables the greatest nation school environment return to some form of virtual instruction.
More than 100 schools reported less than 60 percent turnout, and more than 50 reported less than half of fall students attending classes on Wednesday.
While declining hospitalizations are a positive trend and more and more Americans are “up to date” with their COVID-19 vaccines, the future of this pandemic wave remains uncertain.
On Tuesday, Janet Woodcock, executive commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told Congress that omicron will infect “most people”.
Answering a journalist on a White House COVID-19 response team briefing Wednesday, White House chief health adviser dr. Anthony Fauci he said Woodcock spoke of data showing “a remarkable effect and dichotomy among people who get omicron, who are vaccinated and strengthened, how well they are protected from hospitalization and death.”
Fauci pointed out that preliminary studies have shown that the variant of concern is “less severe, especially in those who are vaccinated and strengthened.”
“If we look ahead, what happens when it peaks and eventually decreases – as I said in previous releases here from the White House: that we will not eradicate it; we have only done it with black goats. We will not eliminate it; “It only happens with mass vaccination programs, as we did with measles and vaccines. But in the end, we will control it,” he continued.
“If you control it at such a low level and people are vaccinated and strengthened, sooner or later when we start living with it, she thought almost everyone will get exposed and probably get infected. But if you are vaccinated and if you are strengthened, the chances of you getting sick are very, very low. That’s what she meant, “he said.
A model from the University of Washington in Seattle previously predicted that the number of daily reported cases in the U.S. would rise until Jan. 19 and then fall sharply.
The number of new COVID-19 cases in the US reached a record 1.48 million last week, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.