don't be overconfident about omicron

WHO Underscores Risks of Omicron Even With Less-Severe Symptoms

The omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus appears less serious than previous strains but shouldn’t be considered mild, the director-general of the World Health Organization said.

In its weekly epidemiological report, the WHO said that global cases soared a record 71% during the week to Jan. 2, from the week before, while the number of new deaths rose 10%.…

Meanwhile, here in gooberland.

The daily average of 20,346 cases surpasses Wednesday’s average of 13,673 cases per day and is the highest in Michigan since the start of the pandemic.

The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 14,968 on Friday, a new record-high. The 7-day death average was 97 on Friday. The state’s fatality rate is 1.7%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 320,000 on Friday, the highest recorded.…

People in hospital: 4662 vs 3797 on Dec 27, 4721 on Dec 13. Previous wave highs: 4358 April of 21 and 4306 after the fall 2020 religious events.

People in ICU: 858, vs 799 on Jan 3, 1012 on 12/10. Previous wave highs: 919 in April 2021, and 860 after the fall 2020 religious events.

People on vents: 541, vs 504 on Jan 3, 861 on Dec 20. Previous wave highs: 547 in April 2021, and 522 after the fall 2020 religious events.…

…because numbers are meaningless without context.

Steve…in the bunker, watching the goober extinction event go by