|The average number of new COVID-19 cases in the US has fallen to around 300,000 per day, down more than 60% since the peak of omicron infections in mid-January. The total remains higher than that seen last January, though hospitalizations have dropped to around 110,000 total COVID-19 patients, down roughly about 15% compared to January 2021. |
Deaths, which lag both case and hospitalization rates, appear to have plateaued at just under 2,500 per day (see data). While less than the daily death rate seen in January 2021, the omicron wave has contributed to a total US death toll from the disease that surpassed more than 900,000 victims over the weekend.
More than 75% of deaths have come in those aged 65 years and above. As the presence of the omicron variant subsides, many officials are considering how to treat COVID-19 as endemic—here’s what that means and why endemic diseases may still represent a significant public health threat.
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