The daily death toll from Covid-19 in the US surpassed its peak in the Delta wave late last year and is at risk of continuing to rise.
Average daily deaths in the US have increased since mid-November, when the Omicron strain emerged and spread rapidly. The US on January 27 recorded an average of 2,267 deaths in 7 days, exceeding the peak of 2,100 cases in the wave caused by the Delta mutation in September 2021.
Omicron is currently the dominant strain in the US, causing almost all new nCoV positive cases in this country. Although Omicron is considered to cause milder symptoms for most infected people, this strain spreads more quickly, causing more severe disease and death in many people.
“Omicron will push the number of deaths in the US past a million. That will cause many people to question their consciences, leading to debates about whether we can do anything else and how many deaths should have been. prevented,” commented Andrew Noymer, a professor of public health at the University of California in the US.
Researchers believe that the high infectivity of Omicron causes the number of hospitalizations to increase sharply, leading to the number of deaths. It also has the potential to threaten populations that are elderly, have underlying medical conditions, or have not been vaccinated.
“It’s important that ‘mild symptoms’ do not mean ‘mild symptoms,'” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House press conference earlier this week. .
50 Covid-19 patients have died at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas this month, while more than 200 others are being treated. Hospital officials posted video in the morgue, showing body bags in a freezer and a medical worker writing “Covid” on one of them.
“Our concern is whether the funeral homes will be able to handle it. We have a refrigerated truck, but no one wants to have to use it,” said Ciara Wright, the hospital’s coordinator.
Katie Dennis, a medical examiner at the hospital, said the morgue was overcrowded throughout January, calling it unusual.
The US is still the largest epidemic area in the world with more than 75 million infections and more than 900,000 deaths from Covid-19, according to the real-time statistics site. Worldometers.
US officials forecast nearly all states will see a rapid increase in deaths in the next week, although the number of deaths has already peaked in some states such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Maryland, Alaska and Georgia.
“Before the outbreak of the pandemic, we recorded 10,000-15,000 deaths during the flu season. This number has been reported several times in just one week, in the midst of Covid-19 waves,” said Nicholas Reich, specialist. statistician in cooperation with the US CDC, said.
Vu Anh (Follow AP)