Unvaccinated People Face a “Winter of Severe Illness and Death,” Encourages Americans To Get Booster

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Biden Says Unvaccinated Face ‘winter of Severe Illness and Death,’ Encourages Americans to Get Booster

In the wake of a spike in coronavirus infections and the advent of the Omicron strain, President Joe Biden has warned that unvaccinated Americans risk “a winter of catastrophic sickness and death.”

Following a meeting with his Covid-19 team at the White House on Thursday (Dec 17), the President declared, “It’s past time” to get shots.

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“If we do this, we will secure our economic recovery. If we accomplish this, we’ll be able to keep our school and businesses operating.”

Infections have soared by 40% throughout the nation in the last two weeks, and fatalities have climbed by more than a third, with more than 1,300 Americans dying every day from Covid-19.

As the number of cases has risen, several colleges have already declared a shift to online classrooms, while major sports leagues and Broadway theaters have canceled games and performances.

Mr. Biden claimed that his administration’s actions had stemmed from the spread of the new, more infectious Omicron form.

The US imposed a travel restriction on countries in southern Africa and has spent recent weeks urging Americans to acquire vaccinations.

Approximately 57 million Americans have gotten a booster dose in addition to their normal vaccine, which gives the greatest protection against Omicron-related severe disease.

“But it’s here now, it’s spreading, and it’s going to become worse,” Mr Biden said, adding that the virus will spread “far more quickly.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said this week that Omicron is responsible for 3% of all infections in the United States and an estimated 13% of cases in New York and New Jersey.

According to CDC director Rochelle Walensky, it takes around two days for it to double in size.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a medical advisor to Biden, warned on Thursday that Omicron would overtake other types, such as Delta, in a matter of weeks.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned on Thursday that the Omicron variety might overload hospital systems, with an estimated 1.3 million cases in the US by Christmas Day.