This past Sunday, there were reportedly 396 deaths from COVID-19 complications in the U.S., as reported by the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Roughly one year ago, there were about 2,662 deaths from COVID-19 complications.
While that is just taking the pulse from a single day– and over the past month, the two numbers were not too far apart– other data sets seem to show that the situation may be starting to ebb.
“Most states are now reporting fewer deaths than they had been a week ago, a USA Today analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows,” the paper posted in a report on Monday. “Just 20 states reported increasing numbers of deaths compared to the previous week. That number was 34 states a week earlier. The United States continues to average about 2,400 to 2,500 deaths per day, a daily human cost about equal to the losses at Pearl Harbor.”
“We need to be cautiously optimistic,” stated an assistant professor and director of diversity at the Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Ogbonnaya Omenka, in an interview with USA Today. “Considering the surrounding circumstances, including the spread of the virus still, it won’t be very useful to the public to expect omicron to be the last variant.”
The falling trend was predicted by carious immunologists and scientists worldwide.
For example, the chief epidemiologist in Denmark predicted this past month that the SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron will end up causing a quickened end to the worldwide pandemic, meaning “we will have our normal lives back in two months.”
As part of an interview held on Danish TV 2, Tyra Grove Krause stated that the brand new study from Denmark’s State Serum Institute discovered that the risk of ending up hospitalized from the Omicron variant is roughly half of what was found concerning the Delta variant. She went on to state that, like what happened in South Africa when it was discovered, cases will spike up, then quickly drop off.
“I think we will have that in the next two months, and then I hope the infection will start to subside and we get our normal lives back,” she stated this past month, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“Omicron will peak at the end of January, and in February we will see declining infection pressure and a decreasing pressure on the health care system,” she stated. “But we have to make an effort in January, because it will be hard to get through.”
She went on to state that once Omicron takes its place as the most dominant strain of the virus, the world will be much better off. “Omicron is here to stay, and it will provide some massive spread of infection in the coming month[s]. When it’s over, we’re in a better place than we were before,” discovered the study.
Krause stated the highly infectious Omicron variant seems to be much milder, which means that far more people will catch, have less severe symptoms, and then be immune. This nmeans that the possibility of herd immunity and now rapidly approaching a possibility.