The CDC slashes estimates of omicron’s prevalence in the U.S.

“There’s no way around it, it is a huge swing that makes it seem like something went really wrong,” Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention, [and assistant professor], at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine, told NPR. “But there is always a delay in the testing information that comes in, and that’s what the public should take away.” Omicron struck just as public health experts were getting their bearings on testing for the delta strain, Gohil said. … “The bottom line is, don’t take your masks off just yet and get vaccinated, vaccinated, vaccinated, vaccinated — and boosted,” Gohil said.