Vital: Why Omicron Is More Likely to Kill Americans

The new variant has quickly spread all over the world, and scientists are starting to see patterns in where people are dying at a higher rate.

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VT:  The term used is “decoupling.” What was expected was that Omicron would produce few deaths in the US. Numbers started hitting around a record of 2500 almost entirely unvaccinated about a week ago. They may go up.

Picture 25 airliners crashing every day and no one noticing?  Get the picture?

Now for the “why.”

Omicron is a perfect infectious storm for something that should not exist but does. The US has, it seems, an older population, typical of a “first world” nation but, on the other hand, has third world regions based on political and social factors, like rampant ignorance, that have led to Omicron becoming a mass killer of the unvaccinated.

David Axe

The new Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus is continuing its march around the planet. It’s now the dominant lineage in the United States, much of South America and Europe, and many Asian countries.

The new variant is a nasty one. But some countries have weathered Omicron without registering any significant increase in severe illness or death. Cases go way up. Serious cases don’t. Singapore and South Africa are great examples.

But other countries—the United States, for one—haven’t seen the same high degree of “decoupling” between infections and deaths. Now, epidemiologists are scrambling to figure out why. Differences in vaccination rates is an obvious explanation, but demographic factors also seem to play an important role.

“Countries that have average age on the younger side and generally healthier populations would be expected to do better in terms of hospitalizations and deaths,” Irwin Redlener, the founding director of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness, told The Daily Beast.

“The other big question,” he added, “is vaccination rates.” Highly vaxxed and younger countries seem to be mostly shrugging off Omicron. But under-vaxxed countries—especially ones with older populations–could be in for a difficult few months as the new variant runs its course.

Omicron raised alarms in health agencies all over the world in late November after officials in South Africa reported the first cases. Compared to older lineages, Omicron features around 50 key mutations, around 30 of which are on the spike protein that helps the virus grab onto our cells.  Read more…

https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-omicron-is-more-likely-to-kill-americans?ref=home

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2 COMMENTS

  1. “The US has an older population of a “first world” nation but has third world regions based on political and social factors, like rampant ignorance,”

    To refuse to be led off a cliff by the “knows” does not make one “ignorant.”

    • Fauci says everybody’s going to get it but not to worry about shopping at Walmart. Just try to avoid old stupid people there.

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