Omicron wave pushes U.S. COVID numbers past ‘astronomical’ 900,000 deaths

While cases and hospitalizations have been slowing across the U.S., it takes some time for a patient to succumb to the virus once they are affected, contributing to the lag in the death rate, the AP reported. Andrew Noymer, [an associate] professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, told the AP he predicts the U.S. will hit 1 million COVID-19 deaths by next month.