The omicron variant COVID-19 surge is expected to peak in mid-January, giving the American population a quick coronavirus surge for the early part of winter.
- “Omicron will likely be quick. It won’t be easy, but it will be quick. Come the early spring, a lot of people will have experienced COVID,” William Hanage, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told The Washington Post.
This prediction is based on what has been seen in South Africa. Per Reuters, South Africa officials said they believed they have passed the peak of the omicron variant wave, leading the government to raise its curfew.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has predicted that the omicron wave will create a surge in cases in January or April 2022, depending on how well the variant evades vaccines. So far, the CDC has indicated cases will likely surge in January.
However, experts have long predicted that the novel coronavirus would have a quick peak. For example, the virus had been spreading for about a month when it first appeared on Dec. 31, 2019, and many expected the virus to stall. No one predicted that there would be two-year pandemic, according to The Washington Post.
- “Forecasts of how the pandemic will play out have repeatedly been incorrect, to the point that some modelers have stopped trying to make caseload projections four weeks out, instead limiting their forecasts to one week ahead,” according to The Washington Post. “Because beyond a week, who knows?”