CDC says it exaggerated Omicron’s spread — Analysis
The figure, overstated by around 225%, had been put out ahead of last week’s stern warning to Americans issued by Joe Biden
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have corrected their Covid-19 reporting. They stated that the previous estimate for Omicron variant cases in new cases was three times higher than the true figure.
According to the CDC, only 22.5% were Omicron-related infections in US Covid-19 during the week ended December 18. This was lower than the 73.2% figure that was released last week. It was also disclosed that Omicron was the cause of 58.6% new infections during the week ending December 25. Nearly all the other cases were due to the Delta strain.
The CDC attributed its huge miss on last week’s report – which triggered dramatic headlines about the variant’s lightning-fast spread – to new data becoming available. ABC News referred to Tuesday’s revised figure on Omicron cases as “noticeably lower.”
“We had more data come in from that timeframe and there was a reduced proportion of Omicron,”According to Reuters, a spokesperson from the CDC. “It’s important to note that we’re still seeing a steady increase in the proportion of Omicron.”
The CDC released the overstated number on December 20. This was the same day that President Joe Biden made a speech in which he warned Americans not to get vaccinated about the increased risk of developing serious illnesses from the new variant. He made it clear that he believed the new version of the virus could cause serious illness in unvaccinated people. “almost all” of the more than 400,000 Americans who died from Covid-19 in 2021 hadn’t been inoculated.
Because of fears over Omicron, Biden’s administration tightened travel restrictions, including a ban on visitors from eight countries in southern Africa, where the variant was first identified last month. On Tuesday, the president announced that travel restrictions will come to an end on December 31. He has still warned Americans not vaccinated against the dangers of travel bans. “a winter of severe illness and death.”
White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci said on Monday that with Omicron spreading, even Americans who are vaccinated against Covid-19 shouldn’t attend large New Year’s Eve parties. “There will be other years to do that, but not this year,”He said.
Angelique Coetzee is the chair of South African Medical Association. She has called Omicron’s international response “a storm in a teacup,”The new strain is believed to cause minor symptoms or none in the majority of people. Last week, she stated that South Africa is experiencing a decline in infections and that the new strain has not caused any deaths or increases in Covid-19 hospitalizations. “over the curve”Omicron.