Ohio – It has been more than a year since the Covid-19 vaccines were rolled out for the public, and a year later, the country is seeing pretty decent vaccination rates, among the highest compared to majority of the countries worldwide.
The vaccines are working in most of the cases keeping those fully vaccinated safe against the deadly virus and they especially work well against hospitalizations and deaths. But regardless of that fact, the numbers in the country, including Ohio, are much higher compared to last year’s Christmas when we didn’t have vaccines at all.
According to the current data, Ohio currently has more than 14,000 active Covid-19 cases as we are probably at the start of a new, winter Covid-19 wave. This number is pretty high if we just compare the numbers to last year’s Christmas when there were just above 3,000 active cases.
Health experts believe that the major reason for this difference in the numbers is the Omicron variant which almost instantly became the dominant variant across the state. As reported multiple times, the Omicron variant has more than 30 mutations of the virus which makes it easily for the virus to evade both vaccine and natural immunity.
“Omicron is so contagious,” Dr. Amy Edwards from University Hospitals said. “I imagine we have more contagious variants in our future, that everyone is going to get COVID.”
On the other side, 1,033,310 are believed to have recovered from COVID, according to the Ohio Department of health. We have also seen a major expansion in at home testing available, causing many to check before they go see family for the holidays.
While people are spending more time indoor with friends and family during the holidays, experts believe that another major wave is ahead of us. That said, health experts believe that the numbers are going to literally explode in January after the holidays.
For more Covid-19 related information and data for the state of Ohio, please visit the Ohio Department of Health on this link.