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In the midst of Omicron Surge, COVID-19 Hospitalizations Increase

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According to the most recent data , more than 71,000 COVID-19 victims were in hospital across the country on Monday morning. Nearly 10 percent of all inpatient beds are used for COVID-19 , and 71 percent of all inpatient beds.

According UPI the UPI report, 69,000 people were admitted for COVID-19 just a week ago. About 58,000 patients with COVID-19 were admitted in hospitals at the beginning of December.

UPI reported that more than 100,000 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the peak of the Delta variant. There were no beds in certain regions of the US at the time.

Monday saw the most COVID-19-related hospitalizations in New York, with 5,772 patients. Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois followed closely by California, Texas, California, California, and California.

The average daily number of COVID-19 cases across the United States is around 200,000, a 47% increase over last week and the most daily number since January.

“I think we’re going to encounter half a million cases every day -easy in the next week to 10 days,” Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, told CNN on Sunday.

Health officials from the public sector aren’t sure what the sudden surge in infections will affect deaths or hospitalizations in the coming weeks. Early research from other countries shows that Omicron is highly contagious but could pose a lower risk of hospitalization than the Delta variant. However the sheer volume of cases could lead to an increase in hospitalizations throughout the world and grave health consequences.

“Although hospitalizations are less, that doesn’t mean zero,” William Schaffner, MD an associate professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told CNN on Friday.

“There are many places in the United States where hospitalizations are now increasing,” he said.

About a dozen states have seen at minimum a 10% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations over the last week, CNN reported. Additionally, pediatric hospitalizations in New York have quadrupled in recent weeks, particularly for children who are not vaccinated between the ages of 5-11.

Sources

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: HHS Secure Inpatient Bed Dashboard

UPI: “U.S. hospitalizations increase to 71.458 among COVID-19 Omion surge.”

CNN: “Between Christmas and New Year’s, doctors expect the U.S. Omicron surge to increase.”

CNN: “Daily Covid-19 case rates have now surpassed Delta’s surge. The hospitalizations have not yet reached this standard.

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