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Omicron Has Lower U.S. Hospitalization Rate Than Prior Covid Waves

  • Adds to mounting evidence of omicron’s lower virulence
  • Covid hospital admissions at half their January peak
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What to Know About Omicron

The omicron-fueled U.S. surge in Covid-19 cases appears to be triggering a lower rate of hospitalizations than earlier waves, more evidence that the highly transmissible variant leads to milder symptoms than other strains. 

The seven-day average of new cases hit 206,577 on Sunday, roughly 18% lower than the all-time high recorded on Jan. 11, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, hospitalizations rose to a seven-day average of 8,964, only half their earlier peak recorded in January.