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Omicron Overwhelms Hospitals

Published on: January 13, 2022.


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COVID-19 cases have risen to new records in recent weeks, spurred by Omicron, which now makes up 95% of new cases in the U.S. The easy transmissibility of Omicron has led to a breakdown in public services, government, and businesses. Fortunately, vaccinated people infected by Omicron are more likely to have mild symptoms and this wave of the pandemic has a lower hospitalization rate compared to previous variants.

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  • Hospitalizations - Mitropoulos and Brownstein. “US hospitals strained with influx of patients amid latest COVID-19 surge, staffing shortages,”ABC News, 9 Jan 2022.

  • Critical Staff Shortages - Andone, Dakin. “Nearly a Quarter of Hospitals Are Reporting a Critical Staff Shortage as Omicron Drives a Rise in Covid-19 Cases.” CNN, 9 Jan. 2022.

  • Surgeries Postponed - Aboulenein. “Overwhelmed by Omicron Surge, U.S. Hospitals Delay Surgeries.” Reuters, 7 Jan. 2022.


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