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Politics & Life Sciences (PLS) with Dean L. Fanelli, Ph.D.

Dec 17, 2021

New COVID-19 cases in US soar to highest levels on record

More than a year after the vaccine was rolled out, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to the highest level on record at over 265,000 per day on average, a surge driven largely by the highly contagious omicron variant.

The previous mark was 250,000 cases per day, set in mid-January, according to data kept by Johns Hopkins University.


CDC gets it SERIOUSLY wrong: Agency significantly revises estimate of Omicron prevalence in U.S. and now says it was only responsible for 23% of all new cases in mid-December - NOT 73%

As the United States set a record of 441,278 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came out with a major revision.

The federal health agency revised its estimate of how extensive the omicron variant of COVID-19 is in the nation, deflating the previous alarming report that 73.2% of new cases in the week ending Dec. 18 were due to the omicron variant.


Now the FDA says rapid tests for Covid antigens may be less sensitive in detecting Omicron variant - causing 'false negative' results

Rapid antigen tests for Covid may be less sensitive in detecting the Omicron variant and are leading to 'false negatives,' the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

The FDA made preliminary findings using samples from patients confirmed to be infected with the new mutant strain.

The federal agency said early results show that antigen tests 'do detect the Omicron variant but may have reduced sensitivity,' meaning it's possible the tests could miss an infection, known as a 'false negative.'


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