The CDC is recommending that children ages 12 to 17 get a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine booster.
The Omicron variant is sweeping through the U.S. and many European countries with a swiftness outpacing anything witnessed over the past two years. U.S. daily cases topped 267,000, while Spain reported 100,000 infections. The variant appears milder, but its surge is sowing chaos. Here’s the latest.
In an interview with Global News Morning, and ahead of a 2 p.m. briefing with Premier Tim Houston, Dr. Robert Strang says no new changes are imminent.
Even if the hospitalization rate is lower with omicron than with delta, Fauci warns a surge could stress the health-care system.
The waits at testing centers are often hours long, pharmacies can barely keep at-home tests on shelves and Omicron may be harder to detect. Oregon, facing what Gov. Kate Brown says is “a critical point,” is activating the National Guard to help strained hospitals.
Officials in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin, near Beijing, said on Sunday that its entire population of 14 million would be tested for the coronavirus after it was found in 20 residents.
Dr Niall Muldoon said the most vulnerable were ‘disproportionately affected’ by closures.
There is still no guarantee that the population is building enough natural immunity to turn the virus into a mundane part of daily life. Several cruise lines are canceling trips because of the variant.
The surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, warned that despite its rapid spread, Omicron had not yet peaked in the United States, adding that “the challenge is that the entire country is not moving at the same pace.”
The U.S. CDC currently lists about 80 destinations worldwide at a Level Four, which indicates that COVID-19 levels are "very high."
The U.S. recorded more than 1 million new COVID-19 cases for the first time on Monday, once again setting another record as the number of people testing positive for the virus continues to soar.
The U.S. also has the highest seven-day average of daily new cases in any country tracked by Johns Hopkins.