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Americans are on the verge of abandoning Omicron due to the rise in cases and the upcoming holidays.

The United States is just one week away from Christmas, which was supposed to be much more festive than the previous one. Two weeks before the new year, when it was once possible to imagine how a pandemic fades into the background of a basically normal life.

Instead, nearly 1,300 Americans die every day from the coronavirus, over 120,000 test positive, and millions of others experience a kind of fear that is exacerbated by a lack of information and the realization that even what seems obvious. that day might change by evening – they thought they had left behind.

“This is as bad as we expected,” New York Gov. Katie Hochul said Thursday as the state’s case count has grown to levels not seen since February, in part due to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant. “We ask people to follow common sense. Get vaccinated, get boosted vaccine. Please don’t risk it. “

New York City authorities reported 21,027 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest in a single day since the early days of the pandemic, when testing availability was not as widespread as it is now.

While experts say people vaccinated with Omicron can expect asymptomatic or mild infections, those who are not vaccinated should not expect the same.

“For the unvaccinated, you expect a winter of severe illness and death for yourself, your families and hospitals that you may soon overcrowd,” Jeffrey D. Zientes, White House coronavirus response coordinator, said Friday.

Only 61 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated, and far fewer have received boosters. According to the New York Times coronavirus tracker, the average daily number of new infections in the United States has increased by 31 percent in the past two weeks, to about 124,000. Hospital admissions have increased by 20 percent. The death rate has increased by 23 percent. And experts expect those numbers to rise as people travel and gather for the holidays, creating more opportunities for the virus to spread.

In rural western Michigan, doctors at already overcrowded hospitals are preparing for new cases of Omicron. Researchers are rushing to find answers to pressing questions, including whether this option, as early data from South Africa showed, could cause less severe disease.

Queues at New York City’s landfills surround the block. As restaurants close, Broadway shows are canceled and holiday parties are canceled, it’s almost as if 2020 were again.

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Across the country, some employers are ordering faster work and postponing plans to return to the office. The US military has begun laying off a small percentage of military personnel who refuse to be vaccinated.

Colleges and universities are canceling face-to-face meetings, from graduation ceremonies to sports competitions, and moving their final exams online. When some of the students return from winter break, their classes will be online. And in primary schools, the number of closed classes is increasing.

More than a dozen school districts in Cleveland canceled classes on Friday after several employees caused illness. Prince George County in Maryland was the first major school district to switch to distance learning on Friday.

National rates of infections, hospitalizations and deaths are still lower than last winter, before the vaccines arrived. But the highly contagious variant of Omicron arrives while hospitals in many parts of the country, especially the Midwest and Northeast, are still battling the Delta. Health authorities in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands estimate that Omicron accounts for about 13 percent of their new cases.

On Friday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle P. Walenski urged people to get vaccinated, wash their hands, improve ventilation, and wear masks at indoor meetings.

“I think this year we are in a completely different place than last year, and we really want people to be able to gather and gather safely,” she said. “We now have the tools to do this, and we are actually saying, please rely on these tools.”

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Biden, compared the current situation to the darkest moments of the war.

“It’s like the beginning of World War II, when we were losing all battles and being pushed back on the Pacific front and on the European front,” Dr. Fauci told CNN on Friday. “If we said, ‘My God, we’re all tired, let’s give up,’ that wouldn’t be good.”

The United States and the world “are at war with a very formidable adversary,” he said. “We’re going to win the war because we’re better than the virus.”

Mitch Smith and Abby Goodnow made reporting.

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