The following article, Coronavirus to Cripple America as 5 Million Could Call Out Sick, was first published on Flag And Cross.
We are on the precipice of entering our third year of this horrid coronavirus crisis, and we now appear to be no closer to salvation than we were at the very beginning.
Through mutations and mismanagement, the COVID-19 pandemic has persisted well into the 2020’s, now stretching its legs into it’s third year, and with aplomb. The numbers appear to show that, despite vaccinations and lockdowns and the like, there are more cases now than ever before.
This includes a whopping number in the US, where a sick labor force could cripple the economy next week.
The United States has posted its second-highest daily total for new COVID-19 cases, as one expert predicts some 5 million Americans could call in sick in the coming week in a major disruption to the economy and essential services.
On Friday, the US recorded 900,832 new COVID cases, second only to the more than 1 million cases recorded on Monday. The nation’s four highest caseload days since the start of the pandemic were all recorded in the past week.
The average daily case increase over the past seven days has been 664,732, a 64 percent increase from a week ago, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Deaths ticked up on Friday to 2,615, a 22 percent increase from week-ago levels on a rolling-average basis, but still well below the peak a year ago.
This surge in cases is likely due to the omicron variant’s incredible ability to spread rapidly, as well as cooler weather forcing many Americans to interact with others indoors and in shared air.
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