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Scientists say signs are emerging that the alarming wave of infections by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus may have already peaked in Great Britain and that is close to the same point in the United States. This would mean that infections could start to show drastic declines.
“It’s going to go down as fast as it went up,” The Associated Press quotes the University of Washington professor of sanimetry, Ali mokdad.
Variant Ómicron has been shown to be so contagious that it would soon leave her with no more people to infect., within two months of it was detected in South Africa.
However, experts also warn that it is not known how the next phase will unfold of the pandemic, and even if the decrease in cases occurs, there are months of suffering for the sick and for the health system, since the decrease in infections is not happening at the same rate.
“There are still many people who will be infected as the curve goes down,” the AP quotes Lauren Ancel Meyers, director of the Covid-19 Modeling Consortium at the University of Texas.
Meyers predicts that reported cases could peak within the next week.
Some ups and downs
Mokdad points out that, according to the model of the University of Washington, the number of infections reported daily in the United States will peak at 1.2 million on January 19, after which the steep descent will come.
In fact, in the university’s complex calculations, the true number of new cases in the United States, including those who did not undergo a test, already peaked on January 6, at 6 million.
In Britain, meanwhile, cases fell to about 140,000 a day in the past week, having surpassed 200,000 a day at the beginning of the month.
“There will probably be some ups and downs along the way, but I would hope that by Easter we were out of this“Said Dr. Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia in Great Britain.
Meyers, for his part, pointed out that “at some point we will be able to draw a line –Omicron could be that line– in which let’s move from what is a catastrophic threat to something that is a much more manageable disease.
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