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  • Omicron may be headed for a rapid drop in U.S. and Britain.."may already be running out of people to infect,"

    https://www.startribune.com/omicron-...ain/600134821/
    Omicron may be headed for a rapid drop in U.S. and Britain


    By MARIA CHENG and CARLA K. JOHNSON Associated Press
    January 11, 2022 — 3:45pm

    Scientists are seeing signals that COVID-19â€ēs alarming omicron wave may have peaked in Britain and is about to do the same in the U.S., at which point cases may start dropping off dramatically.

    The reason: The variant has proved so wildly contagious that it may already be running out of people to infect, just a month and a half after it was first detected in South Africa.

    "It's going to come down as fast as it went up," said Ali Mokdad, a professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.
    ...

    The University of Washington's own highly influential model projects that the number of daily reported cases in the U.S. will crest at 1.2 million by Jan. 19 and will then fall sharply "simply because everybody who could be infected will be infected," according to Mokdad.

    In fact, he said, by the university's complex calculations, the true number of new daily infections in the U.S. — an estimate that includes people who were never tested — has already peaked, hitting 6 million on Jan. 6....
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