Dr Gregory Poland (pictured), top epidemiologist at the Mayo Clinic, warns that there will be a post-holiday Covid surge in America, fueled by the Omicron variant. He also believes the variant will take over as the nation's dominant strain 'in time'

Dr Gregory Poland (pictured), top epidemiologist at the Mayo Clinic, warns that there will be a post-holiday Covid surge in America, fueled by the Omicron variant.He also believes the variant will take over as the nation’s dominant strain ‘in time’

Omicron will likely become the dominant Covid strain in the coming weeks, and cause a massive surge of cases shortly after Christmas, one expert has warned. 

Dr Gregory Poland, a top epidemiologist at the Mayo Clinic told DailyMail.com that an Omicron-fueled surge in cases could be right around the corner.

‘As best any of us can model, we will have an explosion of cases after the holidays in the in the early-to-mid-January timeframe,’ he said.  

‘This variant is hyper transmissible, it spreads exponentially in an environment of cold weather, massive holiday get togethers, no masking and insufficient immunization.’ 

He believes it will become the dominant strain in the UK – which recorded a record 78,610 cases on Wednesday – in the coming days, and that the U.S.will follow around two weeks later. 

Cornell University in upstate New York is suspected to be home to the first US Omicron cluster, after 930 students were diagnosed with the virus in recent days. The college says every one of the positive tests it has sequenced so far has been the Omicron variant.

A Cornell spokesman hasn’t said exactly how many Omicron cases have been identified, but added that they expect most, if not all, the 930 cases to be caused by the new variant. 

Poland points to Cornell as an example of how quickly the variant can spread and how even the fully vaccinated are at risk from the newly discovered strain, as the campus with a vaccination rate of over 97 percent quickly racked up over 900 cases in a matter of days.

‘This is hyper transmissible.,’ Dr Poland said.

‘People have been satisfying themselves, [saying] “that I was previously infected, or I had two doses of the vaccine [so I should be safe]”, they’re in for a big surprise. 

‘If you’re not boosted, you’re susceptible, whether you previously were infected or had two doses.And more importantly, you’re susceptible to severe to moderate disease.’

He says that while early reports from South Africa and Europe suggest that the variant may be more mild, it will still kill some people, and everyone should do what they can to prevent themselves from being the ones who die. 

Poland also told DailyMail.com that the variant is likely spreading so fast across the U.S., that the country’s genetic sequencing infrastructure can not keep up with it.’

‘We do so little sequencing that we really don’t have a good idea of Omicron epidemiology at the local level,’ he said.

Because of the country’s relatively low ability to sequence cases, he says that there are likely 100 actual cases of Omicron for every one that is confirmed in America.

There are also fears that other Covid treatments, like some of the monoclonal antibody cocktails used on people already infected with the virus, may be less effective against the new strain. Early data also shows the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine may not be effective against the mutant strain. 

Meanwhile in the UK, confirmed Omicron cases surpassed 10,000 on Wednesday, nearly doubling from the day before, as the Covid plagued islands prepares for the outbreak to worsen over time.An all-time high number of Covid cases-  78,610 – were recorded in the UK on Wednesday, with warnings the Omicron surge could repeatedly break that record in the coming weeks.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson supercharged the countries booster shot rollout in an effort to protect his citizens.And his top expert, Professor Chris Whitty, has warned people not to assume that Omicron is less dangerous because of preliminary data showing it appears to cause milder symptoms.  

In other parts of Europe, both Denmark and Norway continue to struggle with Covid outbreaks of their own. Both countries set new Covid records this week and have sequenced over 1,000 cases of the new variant.

European Union officials are sounding alarms as well, saying that the variant could be the continent’s dominant strain by mid-January.  

The Omicron COVID-19 variant (purple) now accounts for 3% of U.S. Covid cases, up from less than one percent last week. The Delta variant (orange) is still the nation's dominant strain, accounting for 97% of new cases, per CDC data

The Omicron COVID-19 variant (purple) now accounts for 3% of U.S.Covid cases, up from less than one percent last week. The Delta variant (orange) is still the nation’s dominant strain, accounting for 97% of new cases, per CDC data

There are also fears that other Covid treatments, like some of the monoclonal antibody cocktails used on people already infected with the virus, may be less effective against the new strain. Early data also shows the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine may not be effective against the mutant strain.   

European Union officials are sounding alarms as well, saying that the variant could be the continent’s dominant strain by mid-January.    

Omicron cases in the United States have jumped seven-fold in a week, the CDC revealed, with data from states showing confirmed infections with the new COVID variant jumped 27 per cent in the last 24 hours, from 189 to 241. 

On Tuesday, the CDC said Omicron is now estimated to account for 2.9 per cent of all Covid cases, up from 0.4 per cent a week ago, meaning the true number of infections from the new strain likely numbers in the thousands.

Meanwhile, CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky said Omicron comprises up to 13 per cent of new infections in New York and New Jersey, with the variant now confirmed to have been found in 36 states, as well as Washington DC. 

Experts recently warned a ‘tidal wave’ of Omicron is headed to the US, with the UK recording its biggest one day diagnosis total – 78,610 cases on Wednesday, 10,000 of which were the new variant, giving Americans a likely preview of what’s to come.  

According to most recent data gathered by – which scrapes data from local health departments nationwide – cases of the variant have jumped to 241, up by 52 cases from Wednesday.

Overall, cases in the U.S.are continuing to grow, up 46 per cent over the past two weeks to 121,687 per day. More than 67,000 people are in the hospital with the virus every day  as well, up 22 per cent over the past two weeks. Deaths are nearing the 1,300 per day mark as well, up 40 per cent. 

As of 11 am on Wednesday, Johns Hopkins reports that 50,251,149 Covid cases and 800,867 deaths have been recorded in the United States since the pandemic first began in March 2020.

One of the largest known outbreaks of Omicron in the world so far has occurred at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York.The school has reported 930 Covid cases in recent days, with almost all of the cases sequenced found to be of the new variant. Cornell has refused to say exactly how many of its diagnoses are Omicron, with US officials generally sequencing one in five PCR tests to determine which Covid variant a person has bee infected by. 

School officials also report that all of the confirmed Omicron cases so far – for which they have not yet given a confirmed number – are in students who are fully vaccinated, and some have been boosted too.The school has closed campus as a result, and finals for the fall semester will now be held virtually.

Experts believe that people who are fully vaccinated have little protection against infection from the new variant, although preliminary data suggests vaccines do still prevent serious illness.Early data shows that the booster shot is required to lower the chances of infection from Omicron, with a Pfizer booster found to cut the risk of infection by about 70 per cent. 

According to CDC data, though, only 16.5 per cent of Americans – and less than a fourth of fully vaccinated people – have received the additional jab, meaning hundreds of millions of people have effectively no protection against the variant. 

Cornell University in Ithaca, pts terbaik sumatera (recent Teknokrat Ac blog post) New York, is the site of what is believed to be the first major COVID-19 outbreak to hit the U.S.

More than 900 students and staff have tested positive for the virus over the past week, with officials reporting that almost all of the cases investigated have indicators of the Omicron variant. All of the Omicron cases are among people who are fully vaccinated, the school reports.

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As of Monday, only 16 percent of Americans had received their COVID-19 booster shots, with no state having more than 30% of its population boosted

As of Monday, only 16 percent of Americans had received their COVID-19 booster shots, with no state having more than 30% of its population boosted

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