At least one in five Americans has now been infected with COVID-19 since pandemic began, but the number is likely to be higher, including secondary to unreported asymptomatic cases, according to Bakken.
The United States had its first confirmed case of COVID-19 reported 731 days ago January 21, 2020but has now had over 70 million confirmed COVID-19 cases with over 866,000 deaths as of this Friday, according to The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, which is a continuously updated source for COVID-19 data.
The center reported that about 210 million Americans are full vaccinated for COVID-19, which is 64% of the US population, but the percentage varies considerably depending on location, from as low as 49% in both Alabama and Wyoming to 87% in Washington DC
There have been approximately 350 million worldwide cases of COVID-19 with more than 5.5 million global deaths, according to the tracking website.
“As of January 19, 2022, the current 7-day moving average of daily new (US) cases (744,616) decreased 5.0% compared to the previous 7-day moving average (783,922),” Centers of Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) said on their website.
The Omicron variant has been shown to be more transmissible compared to previous strains, even among vaccinated populations, causing increases across the country where a majority of hospitalized patients are unvaccinated, overwhelming some hospitals, according to Bakken.
“We should not expect a national high in the next few days – the next few weeks will be tough,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy recently told CNN.
In certain parts of the country, such as the District of Columbia and Maryland, cases are plateau as a winter rise begins to slow in other northeastern regions such as New York and Boston, according to Washington Post.
Murthy warned, however, “the challenge is that the whole country is not moving at the same pace. The omicron wave started later in other parts of the country.”
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