On Thursday, President Joe Biden warned that people not vaccinated against Covid-19 could be in for a very dark and dangerous winter.
After his Covid-19 briefing on Thursday, Biden stated that he wanted to convey a message to the American people.
“It’s already here and it’s spreading fast and will only get worse. We’re looking at a winter full of severe illness and death in the unvaccinated. This will affect their families, as well as the hospitals that they will soon overtake. The good news is that if you are vaccinated, and have had your booster shot, then you are protected against severe illness and death,” he said.
Only about one in six Americans are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as of Wednesday. This leaves hundreds of millions of people at risk from the Omicron variant, which is fast-transmitting.
According to the latest forecasts released Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, new Covid-19 hospital admissions could reach record levels within the next few weeks. New cases and deaths could also reach levels last seen last winter’s spike.
According to the CDC, the increase in Covid-19 deaths will bring the total pandemic deaths to 837,000 to 845,000 by January 8.
Johns Hopkins University data shows that nearly 120,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed every day. This is 50% more than the month before. On average, more than 1,200 people die each day.
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Thursday that Omicron is likely to become the dominant variant of coronavirus in the US very soon.