Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Covid cases quadruple in a single day in Seattle area where Omicron dominates

King County reported 2,879 new COVID cases on Thursday – the newest daily cases recorded since the pandemic began. New cases of the disease more than quadrupled between Wednesday and Thursday in King County, which has seen a 169% increase in cases over the past week.

Experts have confirmed that the Omron version is driving the local COVID spike. They say that over 80% of new Covid cases in the region have been linked to the variant.

The new cases reported on Thursday are more than half of the new Covid cases the county has seen in the past seven days. King County reported 2,879 cases on Thursday, compared to 617 new cases a day earlier on Wednesday.

Researchers at the University of Washington’s Virology Lab said Wednesday they are now certain that Omicron is the dominant COVID strain in the Puget Sound region. However, the delta variant continues to drive the majority of cases emerging in southwest and eastern Washington, he said.

Health officials have warned that this holiday season will inevitably be marked by a surge in COVID cases, as the Omicron variant, which appears to spread more easily than others, makes its rounds. Many have predicted that the colder months could usher in the worst infection rates seen during the pandemic so far.

Experts also predict that Omicron will, on average, cause more mild symptoms and lower hospitalization rates than the Delta version. However, he also cautioned that with lower hospitalization rates, more people are getting infected overall and could put more burden on health care systems in the short run.

This latest local COVID spike reflects the rapid community spread of the Omicron variant seen in European countries and South Africa, where cases of the strain are doubling every two to three days.

Reported symptoms of Omicron infection include cough, congestion, runny nose, and fatigue. In other words, a case of COVID this winter can mimic the symptoms of the common cold. That’s why health experts are urging people to get tested for COVID at the first signs of mild illness, to determine if you need to be isolated for 10 days.

Experts have also underscored the importance of taking layered precautions to reduce the spread of the virus this winter: getting your primary COVID shots (the likes of Pfizer and Moderna Johnson & Johnson) and boosters, if eligible, are appropriate. Wearing a fit and medical grade mask, avoiding crows when possible, and maintaining adequate indoor ventilation.

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