Many Californians Will Likely Be Infected During Omicron Surge. How Bad Will It Get?

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is now spreading rapidly across California, fueling big upticks in infections across the state. 

At least three California health systems have reported that Omicron appears to account for 50% to 70% of new cases, state health officials said Thursday, and clinical and wastewater data suggest Omicron is now spreading in most parts of California.

However, the full scope of this latest wave remains to be seen. 

Cases are expected to spike, perhaps to unprecedented levels. Some hospitals are likely to again come under stress from a renewed influx of COVID-19 patients.

But for now, officials say they can contend with the surge by doubling down on common-sense safety practices and promoting vaccinations and booster shots, rather than resorting to new lockdown orders.

Los Angeles County provided a glimpse of what may be to come. A day after reporting 6,509 new coronavirus cases — which was more than twice the figure from the day before — county health officials reported an even higher infection total Thursday: 8,633.

“These numbers make it crystal clear that we’re headed into a very challenging time over the holiday,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “If our case numbers continue to increase at a rapid pace over this week and next, we could be looking at case numbers we have never seen before.”

What will the next few weeks look like?

As Omicron is still a relatively new arrival — its presence was first confirmed in California just three weeks ago — there are many unanswered questions as to what its impact will be. 

One thing that seems certain, though, is that the variant can spread rapidly. Already, Omicron now constitutes 73% of the nation’s coronavirus cases, up from 13% the week before, according to federal estimates.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say early forecasts suggest a large surge of infections could be reached by early January, and “the peak daily number of new infections could exceed previous peaks.”

“This rapid increase in the proportion of Omicron circulating around the country is similar to what we’ve seen around the world,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a briefing. “Although this is a reminder of [the] continued threat of COVID-19 variants, this increase in Omicron proportion is what we anticipated and what we have been preparing for.”

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Comments

  1. OMICRON is said not to be as severe but susceptible like the common cold, if
    you sneeze and go to the Doctor or Hospital they will classify it as Corona Viruous to
    scare you!

  2. L.A. Slimes!! No thank you. 100% liberal rag. It6the flu…nothing more. This rag continues it’s downward trend. Won’t be long long and I w6 hit the delete button…Merry Christmas.

  3. Omicron is the best thing that could happen to us. It’s so wildly contagious it will ultimately infect all of us, and we will be out of the pandemic and into the endemic CoVid virus. Everyone will therefore develop immunities that will render even further mutated versions tame, with most having no symptoms at all.
    We’ve learned to live with the most common Coronavirus, the cold, and we’ll learn to live with version 19 too, without panic, masks, distancing or lockdowns. (As with any contagious disease, if people feel sick they should stay home until they’re well–duh.) And FINALLY the drug companies are producing monoclonal antibody treatments in addition to producing new drugs, begrudgingly recognizing that if you give treatment when the person first gets sick, they get better in a few days and never have to go to the hospital.
    Unfortunately, those who have gleaned so much power over people with their orders and control strategies will resist as long as possible letting the fearsome, deadly virus fade away.

  4. The powers that be can only remain powerful over our lives by keeping everyone in panic mode and scared. A lot of people that get infected with Omicron don’t even have symptoms. Those people are better off just staying home and not going off half cocked to a hospital in panic to overwhelm critical care. South Africa is already over the hump and deaths are almost non-existent. DO NOT ALLOW non-MD health directors (Ferrer) not accountable to voters, to run your lives and dictate how you should live it.

  5. Who cares about cases. Stop the fear mongering. Outside of LA, it’s nice to see many people finally waking up to the agenda. It’s been two years of this AGENDA. ENOUGH!

    • Of course all the media does is to beat the fear-drum and follow their issued talking points.
      Hence, the common phrase this week, “Viral Blazzrd”.
      Of course there are almost ZERO tests for virus variant being made. The cases are simply declared to be of the Omicron variant.

      If it is so, then that is good for as Carrie mentioned before, we shall develope Herd Immunity from the infection of a low virulence, common cold like virus.

  6. Stan Sexton says

    Dr. Kayvon Modiarrad, director of the Walter Reed Infectious Disease Dept: “With Omicron, there’s no way really to escape this virus. You’re not going to be able to avoid it”.

  7. Humans have always gotten over such new RNA viruses that cause respiratory illness by getting infected and developing immunity to them. The vaccine and other treatments may be able to ease that transition, but they won’t stop it. The sooner everyone gets infected with the live virus the sooner we will get over it. I have not tried to avoid it and believe I have been infected twice already, first with Epsilon and then with with Delta. Both times the mild symptoms lasted 3-4 days. Recent bouts with the flu were much worse than this. Since I was already infected before the vaccine was available and already had antibodies, I have not bothered to be vaccinated. I’m in my 60’s, but have no underlying serious medical issues.

  8. Everyone outside of Edmonton’s been saying it for years, if you want production from the bottom 9 then stop playing McDrai for 30 minutes a night & give the rest of the guys some ice time. Better yet? Don’t…. lol

  9. They always report increasing numbers of “infected”…but never mention any thing about the death rate…

  10. Boris Badenov says

    According to what I’ve read, check your Blood O2 levels, it will DROP when you get the Faucet Virus…BEFORE you actually show symptoms, start popping the Ivermectin/HCQ you have on hand.

  11. Every variant that comes along will be another excuse until November 2022 to have another mass vote by mail scheue.

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