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Ómicron already causes 73% of COVID cases in the US | Digital Trends Spanish

Just a month ago the new omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 was detected in South Africa, but its level of spread is already beginning to be apparent.

In the United States, omicron is behind 73 percent of the cases, according to the latest reported data by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The figures show a nearly six-fold increase in the proportion of omicron infections in just one week.

It’s a matter of time before omicron is dominant

According to the records, the delta variant that since June was the cause of the highest number of infections in the US represented 26.6 percent of COVID-19 cases in the week of December 12 to 18. Ómicron is also behind about 90 percent of new infections in the New York area, the southeast and north-central parts of the country, and the northwestern coast.

Health officials believe it is a matter of time before omicron becomes the dominant variant, as it is the fastest transmission speed ever. A group of researchers from the University of Hong Kong published a study showing that omicron spreads and multiplies 70 times faster in the bronchi than the delta variant and the original SARS-CoV-2 virus.

In addition to its ability to spread, there is also concern that according to studies some vaccines such as Pfizer’s offer partial protection against this variant. Other studies indicate that the Russian Sputnik V vaccine could be a very good solution against the omicron variant of the coronavirus, but at the moment the information is not entirely conclusive.

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