Omicron may be close to peaking in the U.S., but there's lots of death to come, models predict

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"The latest Omicron developments continue to be encouraging," David Leonhardt writes in Wednesday's New York Times. "New COVID-19 cases are plummeting in a growing list of places. The percentage of cases causing severe illness is much lower than it was with the Delta variant. And vaccines — particularly after a booster shot — remain extremely effective in preventing hospitalization and death."

Still, the math suggests a lot more hospitalizations and deaths before Omicron is spent.

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