- The new CDC data suggests that the omicron variant accounted for 59% of all infections as of Dec. 25 — Christmas Day.
However, the CDC previously said the omicron variant accounted for 73% of all cases for the week ending Dec. 18, according to The Hill. That number was changed by the CDC to 22.5%.
- “Setting aside the question of how the initial estimate was so inaccurate, if CDC’s new estimate of Omicron prevalence is precise then it suggests that a good portion of the current hospitalizations we’re seeing from Covid may still be driven by Delta infections,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, tweeted on Tuesday.
- Meanwhile, the delta variant makes up about 41.1% of U.S. COVID-19 cases right now, according to The Times of Israel.
Right now, the bulk of omicron variant cases is concentrated in the northeastern United States, along with some cases in the South, per the Deseret News. Experts expect the omicron variant to move West in the coming weeks.