If you really follow this stuff you should not be surprised….
The Omicron strain of virus has swept thru the planet at warp speed….
It does not respect current vaccinations much….
The good thing, if you can say that?
Is it’s ability to spread seems to cost it it’s severity…..
Here in America case number data seems to have cases increasing by double digit percentages , but hospital stays and death in the low single digits….
The epicentre of the strain is now seeing sharp drops in cases as the strain seems to be burning itself out….
Could a sharp drop in American cases be far behind right after the holiday season?
The remarkable thing is the American media is actually reporting this, instead of the daily hair on fire stuff….
Pfizer has been given approval on it’s home Covid treatment pill , Paxlovid, for those who might need it….
“If previous variants caused waves shaped like Kilimanjaro, omicron’s is more like we were scaling the North Face of Everest,” Salim Abdool Karim said in an interview, referring to the near-vertical increase in infections that South Africa recorded in the first weeks of December.
“Now we’re going down, right back down, the South Face — and that is the way we think it may work with a variant like omicron, and perhaps even more broadly what we’ll see with subsequent variants at this stage of the pandemic,” he said.
Just a week ago, South Africa was seeing skyrocketing positivity rates and massive lines for testing. But during the first days of this week, there has been a turnaround in rates and stress on testing facilities. In addressing the surge of infections, South Africa had decided not to impose a lockdown or other major restrictions, although many countries, including the United States, imposed restrictions on travelers originating in South Africa and neighboring countries….