Walensky reported that the current seven-day average of new Covid cases is about 86,400 per day. On this day one month ago, according to CDC data, the seven-day average was 70,000 cases per day. “I know that the news is focused on omicron, but we should remember that 99.9 percent of cases in the country right now are from the delta variant,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday during a news briefing. The majority of cases, she said, are among people who remain unvaccinated. Delta is certainly behind that increase. How omicron may drive cases moving forward remains a mystery.
“Think about it,” Saag said. “Somebody gets exposed and infected on Thursday or Friday of last week. Then it takes two or three days for incubation.” Dr. Michael Saag, an associate dean for global health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has seen a “notable increase” of Covid patients in need of monoclonal antibody treatments over the past 24 hours.
By all accounts, the driver of current Covid cases across the United States remains the delta variant of the coronavirus, not omicron. Full coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic
Download the NBC News app for full coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic Will omicron overtake delta as the predominant variant? No one knows — yet. “We urge the public not to panic, as we are still learning more about this variant and are prepared to handle it,” Bassett said during a news conference Thursday. So far, at least five cases have been identified in New York. Omicron has also been detected in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska.
Dr. Mary Bassett, health commissioner for the New York State Department of Health, said her team has ramped up genetic sequencing to detect and study the omicron variant. “It’s going to take a while for us to know what the impact is going to be globally for people who are infected with omicron,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the Biden administration, said during Friday’s briefing.
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