The United States is reporting more than 800,000 new cases a day of COVID and Omicron. That’s right, 800,000 as day.
That’s about 6 million a week or 24 million in a month.
Every one of us know someone who is sick or diagnosed as having the virus.
Not as many are dying or becoming violently ill, but hospitals from Everett to Los Angeles have been filling up with the sick.
What’s worse, so many on hospital staffs have become ill and cannot go to work that carrying on is made near to impossible.
In other words, the national health care system is right now weathering its worst time during this lingering pandemic.
Locally, the Cambridge Health Alliance Hospital in Everett is straining at the seams as it tries to balance a huge influx of patients seeking emergency health care at a time when many of its health care employees are out sick.
Much larger hospitals have stopped with elective surgery to take some of the pressure away from health care givers who are maxed out.
COVID-19 and Omicron cases have exploded throughout the nation and here in Massachusetts, the figures are rivaling and even surpassing those of the COVID-19 pandemic when it was it height two years ago.
Greater and more compelling questions are rising as the population’s patience is being tested by a virus that is not diminishing, this, despite the national and international effort to bring it under control.
Many leading epidemiologists are now questioning publicly if what our society is doing to meet the challenge of the pandemic is the best way to go about erasing it or at least in bringing it under control.
The uptick in cases has not yet been moved by the expected swarm of cases that have been gestating among the population since the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
No one seems to know the way while at the same time, anti-vaxer voices and the voices of those who claim COVID-19 is just a cold and we should get on with our lives are gaining numbers with each passing day.
This is against a backdrop of more than 800,000 deaths and a continuing strain placed upon the nation’s nearly broken health care system as a result of COVID-19, and now Omicron.