The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new prediction about the omicron variant of the coronavirus, saying it could cause a wave of cases in January 2022.

Per The Washington Post, the CDC said the omicron variant is already spreading quickly throughout the United States.

  • Cases related to omicron could peak in January, according to a new CDC modeling projection.
  • The omicron variant will put a strain on areas already impacted by the delta variant, officials said.
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Federal health officials are worried that the delta variant, the omicron variant and the influenza virus will create “a triple whammy” of sickness around the country, according to The Washington Post.

  • “I’m a lot more alarmed. I’m worried,” said Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, recently issued predictions about the end of the pandemic overall. She told ABC News that ending the pandemic will come down to making sure the rate of death slows down.

  • “We’ve gotten pretty cavalier about 1,100 deaths a day,” she said.
  • “That’s an extraordinary amount of deaths in a single day from this disease,” Walensky said. “We can’t — I can’t — be in a position where that is OK.”