The emergence of the Omicron variant has represented a unique challenge for the world’s COVID-19 grifters. On the one hand, the astronomical rise in cases due to the increased transmissibility has represented a boon for those who seek to fear-monger. Constant updates on coronavirus infection rates, usually represented in scary-looking percentage increases, litter social media.
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On the other hand, because Omicron is so much milder than any prior variant, the severe outcomes (i.e. deaths and ICU stays) that these hysterics depend on to make their case are lagging well behind the levels of prior spikes. That’s not to say no one is dying, but the seven-day average of deaths is less than half of what it was during the 2020-2021 winter wave despite cases being far higher. Hospitalizations are also down in comparison.