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Researchers: Omicron Variant Could Lead To 140-Million U.S. Infections

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FILE - A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site in Las Vegas. More than 90% of federal workers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday’s deadline set by President Joe Biden. Biden announced in September that all federal workers were required to undergo vaccination, with no test-out option, unless they secured an approved medical or religious exemption. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Medical experts say the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus could lead to millions of infections in the U.S. in just the next two months.  The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine included updated information about omicron to revise its COVID-19 modeling.  That new data led researchers to conclude the U.S. could see about 140-million new infections in January and February.  The surge in cases would peak in late January at about two-point-eight million new infections every day.

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