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Saturday, January 22, 2022

US faces another Covid Christmas as Omicron fuels cases surge

Though the situation varied across the country, the overall picture is getting worse day by day.

Many states are still battling the delta version, which ravaged the country in the summer and fall. While reports of new cases have fallen recently in some Midwestern and western states that were hardest hit by the Delta, those areas may be hard hit by an influx of Omicron cases. Much of the Northeast, where Omicron is expanding rapidly, was already vulnerable to the delta-fuelled surge this fall.

Welcoming a good news, Moderna announced on Monday that a booster shot of its coronavirus vaccine significantly increases the level of antibodies that can thwart the Omron version. Drug companies Pfizer and BioNtech announced this month that a booster shot of their vaccine also increased levels of antibodies against Omicron.

But only a third of American adults who are fully vaccinated have received a booster. The risk that Omicron approaches has been laid bare by the severity of the recent spike in cases in New England, the country’s most vaccinated region.

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Nearly 11,000 people in six New England states are now testing positive for the coronavirus every day. Almost all of these states have also seen an increase in the number of hospitalizations and deaths in the last two weeks.

For the people of New England, and for many across the country in the days and weeks ahead, this recent pattern is vaguely familiar – and extremely disappointing.

“We were headed in the right direction with vaccines,” said Ezra Smalls, 40, who lives in Pittsfield, Mass. She began seeing friends, if reluctantly, and even celebrated Hanukkah with family members.

Now with the arrival of Omicron, he said he has once again stopped socializing altogether. After things slowly returned to normal, he said, “It really sucks.”

Reporting was contributed by Ronnie Caron Rabin, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Karl Zimmer, Eoin Higgins, Will Davis and Emma Fitzsimmons,

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