Frances Collins, the outgoing director of the National Institutes of Health, warned that the United States could register a million cases of the mutation omicron Daily if Americans don’t take precautions against coronavirus.
The retired NIH director, whose last day was Sunday, warned in the “weekend edition” of NPR that the highly transmissible Omicron mutant could cause millions of cases in the United States, even if it was a mild case of an outbreak.
“Even if the risk was somewhat low, we could have a million cases a day if we weren’t really interested in all these mitigation strategies and you know a tiny fraction of the big numbers.” There’s still a really big number,” he said. ,
“I don’t know if we’ll get it, but there are certainly predictions that it could happen with a virus that appears to be doubling in most places every two to four days,” he said.
While at least 43 states have detected the Omicron strain, scientists say the current increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths can be attributed to delta variables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is estimated that this is about 97 percent of the US. Total.
Experts said the prevalence of the Omicron strain with 57 different mutations could further increase testing capacity and US hospitals.
Collins said he is “very” concerned about the overstretched health care system and the prospect of losing health care workers to those catching the virus, saying: “I know people are sick of it. I’m sick of it too, Trust me. But the virus never tires us out.”
The CDC considers most counties in the United States to be high and significant transmissions before the weekend.
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