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Covid Omicron Surge

As covid cases skyrocket in the US

“This variant is lightning fast.”

Health experts are sounding the alarms

About New Year’s eve celebrations.

“If your plans are to go to a 40-to-50 person New Year’s Eve party with all the bells and whistles and everybody hugging and kissing and wishing each other a Happy New Year? I would strongly recommend that, this year, we do not do

Experts say small celebrations should be ok

As long as everyone is boosted and tests negative beforehand.

“The virus doesn’t care what you think. This particular variant is extraordinarily contagious.”

Cities are scaling back.

In Chicago a fireworks show designed to make social distancing easier.

Atlanta canceling its famous Peach Drop.

And New York’s Times Square already limiting crowds and requiring vaccination from those eligible

New daily covid cases have now surpassed the all time pandemic peak in the US.

“When we look at this omicron variant, even if it is half as mild, but twice as contagious, it is going to cause havoc in our healthcare system.”

Rising child hospitalizations also looming into 2022.

“Yes, we are quite concerned.”

The vast majority of pediatric patients are unvaccinated

“All kids under 5 are unvaccinated. So the children are a really vulnerable population at this time.”

In Washington, Isabel Rosales.

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