If you had COVID-19 in NYC, it was most likely Omicron: officials


“Nearly all” Christmastime COVID-19 sufferers in New York City had been contaminated with the Omicron variant, based on the town Department of Health.

An evaluation of metropolis information for the week ending in Dec. 25 discovered the extremely transmissible variant was current in 90 p.c of samples collected in the 5 boroughs, officials mentioned Thursday.

Omicron unfold about 4 occasions quicker than the Delta variant and was the dominant pressure in the town simply 5 weeks after it was detected, the well being division discovered.

There was encouraging information concerning the severity of the pressure: Omicron sufferers had been lower than half as likely to require hospitalization than Delta sufferers, and totally vaccinated sufferers had been eight occasions much less likely to be hospitalized with the newest variant, based on the report.

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During the vacation season many individuals contracted the Omicron variant.
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COVID-19 Omicron variant was current in 90 p.c of check samples.

But there have been the next variety of Omicron sufferers in the hospital over the vacations as a result of the town’s caseload was hovering to all-time highs, the division famous.

The unvaccinated, individuals over 75, and black New Yorkers had been most likely to be hospitalized with Omicron, officials mentioned — as they defined that “long-term structural racism” was in charge for the racial disparity.

Children who had not acquired a COVID-19 shot had been additionally “significantly” extra likely to require medical consideration than their inoculated friends, the report mentioned.

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Vaccinated sufferers had been eight occasions much less likely to be hospitalized for the Omicron variant.
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The seven-day common of instances in New York City was reducing with 28,507 instances a day recorded this week, down from over 42,000 in the primary days of the brand new 12 months, data showed.

There had been 626 COVID-19 hospitalizations a day and 75 deaths in the town, based on the most latest information.

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