An ‘awful’ month of Covid-19 lies ahead, doctor says, but preventative measures will still be key
While the highly transmissible Omicron variant continues to drive up Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations, health experts say it’s critical Americans continue safe practices to prevent infections.
It’s likely that the next month is going to be awful, but this does not mean that everyone should assume they will catch the virus. An ensemble forecast from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Wednesday predicts that more than 84,000 people could die of Covid-19 over the next four weeks, and cautions current forecasts may not fully account for the emergence and rapid spread of the Omicron variant or changes in reporting during the holidays.
The forecast could mean an average of 3,526 Covid-19 deaths per day, up from a current average of 1,251 each day, based on data from Johns Hopkins University. To date, Covid-19 has killed at least 832,148 people and infected about 57.8 million in the US.
Health care facilities are scrambling to handle staff shortages as hospitalizations for Covid-19 are increasing for both adults and children.
In many areas, hospitals are postponing certain surgeries due to employees out sick with Covid-19. Frontline workers across other industries, such as education, retail and food services, are also facing an increased risk of exposure, with employees infected with Covid-19 needing time to recuperate. The best way to keep workplaces safe is to encourage mask-wearing and vaccinations.
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