Will Omicron Become The New “Flu”?

The omicron variant has surged across the US, causing the highest rates of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic despite the fact that approximately 78.7% of Americans have at least one vaccine shot. 

Last Monday, a record-breaking 958,000 people tested positive for COVID-19, far surpassing last year’s winter peak of 249,000 new cases on Jan 8th, 2021. 

Although data has shown that Omicron symptoms are less severe, hospitalization rates are still rising dramatically across America. 

Thanks to Biden’s late reaction to this post-holiday surge in cases, there’s been a severe shortage of at-home test kits, long lines at testing centers, closing schools, and employee shortages. 

On Friday, Biden said in an announcement that Americans are just going to have to learn to live with COVID since it’s not going away anytime soon…

And that seems to be the general consensus all over the media. 

As if he’s completely forgotten about his promise to eradicate the virus during his presidential campaign. 

It’s becoming more and more likely that as Omicron spreads – if you haven’t already been exposed, then it’s coming whether you want it or not. 

At least, that’s what Fauci is saying.

“Omicron, with its extraordinary, unprecedented degree of efficiency of transmissibility, will ultimately find just about everybody,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “Those who have been vaccinated … and boosted would get exposed. Some, maybe a lot of them, will get infected but will very likely, with some exceptions, do reasonably well in the sense of not having hospitalization and death.”

Meanwhile, doctors in North Carolina have announced that they believe that COVID isn’t going away and that instead, we hope to see the virus become endemic. 

Dr. David Priest – an Infectious disease expert at Novant Health – commented on the likelihood that COVID becomes endemic.

Much like the history of the flu, COVID would transition into a seasonal virus, with spikes in the colder months. But would become much more manageable and predictable in the way it spreads. 

It’s finally become clear to our slow-moving administration that COVID isn’t going away anytime soon, and now Biden is finally attempting to do his job. 

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