The latest round of news regarding the coronavirus has been confusing, at best.
You see, the omicron variant appears to very much be raging at the moment, shutting down small and medium-sized American businesses from coast to coast as local safety protocols require testing and quarantine measures to be fully adhered to.
Experts are predicting that January could be a very messy month.
“January is going to be a really, really hard month. And people should just brace themselves for a month where lots of people are going to get infected,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.
An average of 237,061 new Covid-19 cases were reported each day over the past week, according to Monday data from Johns Hopkins University.Trending:
Some predict the US will soon blow past its record for daily new cases — 251,988, set on January 11.
That’s not all:
“I think we’re going to see half a million cases a day — easy — sometime over the next week to 10 days,” CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner told CNN on Sunday.
Most people who are vaccinated and boosted won’t get severe illness, but that won’t be true for the unvaccinated, Jha said.
“A lot of people who have not gotten a vaccine are going to end up getting pretty sick, and it’s going to be pretty disruptive,” Jha said. “My hope is as we get into February and certainly by the time we get into March, infection numbers will come way down, and it’ll also start getting (into) spring, and the weather will start getting better. And that will also help.”
Despite this, it appears as though the CDC has taken some medical-economic advice from Delta Airlines, and shortened the required quarantine time for those testing positive from 10 days to 5, spurring plenty of criticism online.