Faucimass is canceled. Omicron is not delivering the goods. Lots of testing, but few results.
The US is seeing fewer COVID-19 hospitalizations per case than in previous waves, suggesting Omicron is causing “milder disease” than previous variants, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
Teachers’ unions are trying to figure out how to spin this to justify closing schools anyway.
“While cases have substantially increased from last week, hospitalizations and deaths remain comparatively low right now,” Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, told reporters at a White House briefing.
“While” and “right now”. You can hear the disappointment and final note of hope.
New COVID-19 hospitalizations are up, but not in proportion to cases. There were 14% more daily new hospitalizations than the previous week — from about 8,000 average daily new COVID-19 hospital admissions on December 20 to about 9,400 on Monday.
New COVID-19 deaths were down 7% compared to the previous week — standing at about 1,100 average new daily COVID-19 deaths reported on Tuesday, down from about 1,200 on December 20.
The buried lede “new deaths were down” is the best part of this. After multiple paragraphs trying to provide reasons for concern.
Somehow if new deaths were up, I’m pretty sure that would be the headline.