US COVID death rate falls to record low as cases hit pandemic high

The furious Omicron version has pushed COVID-19 cases to a record high in the US, but the US death toll has fallen to 1.39 per cent, its lowest mark since the first wave of cases in March 2020.

The US death rate hovered around 1.6 percent from late August to mid-December, when it began to fall. The highly contagious omicrons have mild disease properties and the widespread use of vaccines has so far prevented deaths from getting out of control.

On January 1, the US death toll ratio fell below 1.5 percent for the first time since the start of the pandemic. At the height of the first wave, the case fatality ratio was 6.25 percent, according to our world in data, a scientific publication maintained by the University of Oxford.

The case-death ratio measures the number of confirmed deaths versus the number of confirmed infections. This is an incomplete measurement, as it does not factor in the exact number of cases or deaths, especially in a fluid situation like the COVID-19 pandemic. But, as Dr. Michael Ben-Ederet pointed out newsweek It is a “good marker” of overall mortality.

If one aspect of the ratio were to be underestimated, he suspected it would be cases because there is a “very good system” for reporting COVID-19 deaths, whereas if a person is asymptomatic or has only mild symptoms, Cases cannot be traced. Cases are also being underestimated due to the prevalence of home tests, which are not reported in the official number of cases.

One of the main contributors to the decline in mortality is potentially an increase in vaccinations and boosters. At the peak of the pandemic, no one was vaccinated, and last January, when fewer than 2 million Americans were fully vaccinated, the case fatality ratio was 1.7 percent.

Despite Omicron’s outbreak, the case fatality rate for COVID-19 in the United States has dropped to a record low. Emblemer and funeral director Christy Oliver (R) and funeral attendant Sam Deras load a COVID victim’s coffin at the East County Morgue in El Cajon, California.
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Dr. Panagis Galliatsatos, a pulmonologist and professor at Johns Hopkins Hospital, cautioned Americans against becoming complacent due to the case fatality ratio. In September, when the death rate had fallen to 1.6 percent, he told newsweek Due to the nature of the virus, the deaths could happen weeks after the cases started to rise.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitalizations began in late June and patients hospitalized with COVID-19 broke the all-time pandemic record on January 9. It’s possible that the US death toll may again trend upward as the weeks go by, but luckily, COVID-19 treatments have come a long way since the pandemic began.

At the start of the pandemic, health care providers relied heavily on ventilators, which can lead to a number of complications for patients. Ventilators are still being used, but doctors’ two main weapons are remdesivir and dexamethasone and many health care providers are confident they can treat COVID-19. Still, doctors caution people against risking their lives on the belief that doctors can save them.

“I think people think I’ll just take this drug or that drug,” said Dr. Michael Benninghoff, section chief of medical critical care at Christiana Hospital in Delaware, the state’s largest newsweek, ,[But] It is much easier to prevent COVID-19 than to treat the disease, and there is a 50/50 chance it could get worse.”

Even though Omicron mainly causes mild cases, health officials warn against writing it off as a non-concern. An increase in cases will mean more people will need to be hospitalized and the health care system is already under tremendous pressure.

Unvaccinated people are more likely to become seriously ill or die from COVID-19 than those who have been vaccinated. However, there is an upward trend in patients getting vaccinated in hospitals, doctors said. newsweek This occurs mainly in people who did not receive their booster dose or are immunocompromised and cannot mount an adequate immune response to the vaccine. An increase in people receiving booster doses could help keep the death rate down in the US case.