Scientists say there are signs that suggest the omicron variant wave will drop off in both the United States and Britain.
Americans have grown tired of dealing with the pandemic, and many are craving a sense of normalcy again.
Getting that depends on what could happen with the Omicron variant in the future.
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What Omicron has done
The COVID-19 variant Omicron has led to high case numbers, hospitalizations, and death.
This wave of Omicron has also led to long lines for testing and even testing shortages.
The variant is highly contagious and soon may run out of people to infect. More information can be found here.
Scientists are still unsure about the possibilities of what could happen next in the pandemic. People will fall ill even as the peak drops off.
What Omicron looks like for the future
With the peak of Omicron possibly dropping off, a long road still lies ahead for patients and overwhelmed hospitals.
One of the factors that makes the pandemic so tough is that different parts of the country are facing different surges.
Massachusetts and Michigan likely will face an upcoming surge of Omicron.
The drop-off comes as the United States broke last winter’s peak of hospitalizations, reaching 142,388 hospitalizations in a single day, all related to COVID-19.
The previous record for hospitalizations was 132,086 people, which was reached on January 14, 2021.