The rising tide of omicron infections threatens to hit the entire United States at once, according to a leading infectious disease expert. Thus, each of the 50 states will have to deal with its own “viral hurricane”.
Previous waves and spikes of the coronavirus, including the often deadly or dangerous delta variant, have had consistent regional or localized impacts, said Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. This has allowed limited but crucial supplies to be distributed to those places that need them.
However, due to the speed and ease with which the omicron variant is spreading, Osterholm predicted that a new wave will hit everyone at once and threaten to overwhelm not only hospitals, but also industries such as the