We Overestimated Omicron, the CDC Admits

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the omicron version of the novel coronavirus surpassed delta as the most common strain having contributed to new COVID-19 infections.

As we know, as viruses mutate, they become more contagious but less deadly. It would come as no surprise then that omicron is contributing to increased numbers of positive cases.

This is taking account of 58.6 percent of all varieties vigorously making the rounds in the United States as of Dec. 25, drastically revising an earlier forecast of new omicron infectious diseases.

Omicron Poses Little Threat

Estimates for the week ending Dec. 18 were considerably decreased by CDC authorities, who previously reported an erroneous roughly six-fold increase in omicron’s share of infections in just one week.

According to the data, the newly discovered variant was responsible for around 73 percent of new infections across the country. The omicron strain became the most common cause of new cases and outbreaks, according to federal officials.

The omicron percentage of instances for the week ending Dec. 18 has been revised down to 22.5 percent from 73.2 percent. They’ve cited more data and the rapid dissemination of the variation as reasons for the difference.

A CDC official remarked, “We had more data come in from that period and there was a decreasing proportion of omicron.”

“It’s vital to notice the proportion of omicron continues to rise steadily.” The Biden government did not reply to The Epoch Times’ request for comment.

According to the health care agency’s data estimates, the delta strain, which had been the prevalent strain in recent months, accounted for 41.1 percent of all COVID-19 cases in the United States as of Dec. 25.

Original Estimates Were Way Off

“Trying to set aside the issue of how the original assessment was so incorrect,” former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Tuesday, “if the CDC’s latest estimate of omicron pervasiveness is accurate, it implies a good portion of the current COVID hospital admissions we’re seeing may still be pushed by delta infections.”

The data comprises modeled predictions, according to the agency, which may differ from balanced estimates issued at a later date.

Researchers in Africa discovered the omicron version less than a month ago. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization categorized it as a “variation of significance” on Nov. 26.

Since then, the variation has been documented in more than 90 countries. The omicron version of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes the disease COVID-19, caused an unknown number of hospitalizations and fatalities, according to CDC officials.

According to recent research, the omicron variant has a mild illness and requires fewer hospitalization than previous variants.

Omicron’s high degree of infectiousness, according to some officials, notably White House COVID-19 adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, could lead to more hospitalizations in the days ahead.