An unvaccinated Houston-area man died Monday in what is believed to be the first fatality recorded in the United States linked to the Omicron coronavirus variant.
Health officials in Texas revealed that the man, about 50 years old, tested positive for the Omicron variant while still alive. The Harris County Department of Public Health said the man had previously been infected with coronavirus and was “at increased risk of severe complications from COVID-19 due to his unvaccinated status and underlying health conditions.” “
The Omicron variant was first detected in southern Africa in late November, and last week it became dominant line in new cases in the US. Harris County’s top public official, Judge Lina Hidalgo, said Monday that Omicron is spreading rapidly in the area, and New York Times establish that the average county reports more than 2,000 new cases per day – more than five times the average for the previous two weeks.
About 59% of adults in Harris County are fully immunized, and Hidalgo made it clear that while breakthrough COVID-19 cases are occurring, “that doesn’t mean the vaccine isn’t working. On the contrary. , evidence that vaccines are developing to keep you out of the hospital.” She encouraged people, especially those 65 and older, to take the health-promoting drug, saying it was one way. to “for yourself, for your family, the gift of health.”
https://theweek.com/omicron/1008331/1st-known-omicron-death-in-us-reported-in-texas First known death of Omicron in US reported in Texas