The United States is on the verge of a brutal winter of COVID-19 infections, possibly worse than the period of last December and January. Omicron is spreading faster than previous variants, and people have gathered in airports, indoor places, and in their homes. A large part of the population is not vaccinated. And, there seem to be more revolutionary cases. These cases involve infection among those who are fully vaccinated, including those who have received a booster. The previous peak in daily cases was over 250,000 per day last January. This level will almost certainly be exceeded in the days to come.
What has happened in the past few days that makes this prediction likely? The COVID-19 virus has sparked another wave of infections in America, the fourth by most measures. It was triggered primarily by the new variant Omicron, which currently accounts for three-quarters of new cases in the United States. Its spread outside that country has been extraordinary, crushing the UK, leading to a remarkable increase in London.
There are several ways to measure how dangerous or deadly a geographic area is. These include new cases, deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations. And, these can be measured by averages over seven days, or a period of 14 days. For vaccinations, the standard is the percentage of the population that received one injection, or two, or three.
24/7 Wall St. chose the measure of daily deaths averaged over the past seven days to pick the deadliest state. The US figure is currently 0.41 per 100,000, up 62% over the past 14 days, which translates to 1,345 per day. The figure in Alaska is the highest at 1.70. Or an average of 12 deaths per day. Alaska is followed by New Mexico with 1.34 or 28 deaths per day. Then Michigan has a figure of 1.27 or 126 deaths per day.
Alaskan leaders have worked to mitigate the spread of the virus. According to the Shelton Herald:
Communities in Alaska will have thousands of free home COVID-19 test kits to distribute over the holidays, officials say.
Sarah Hargrave, Southeast Regional Public Health Nurse for the State of Alaska, told KTUU that nearly 100,000 kits have been sent across Alaska.
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