Last Updated on January 11, 2022
Centers for Disease Control Director Rochelle Walensky stated during an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America that 75% of COVID deaths, an “overwhelming” majority, occurred in people with at least four comorbidities.
“The overwhelming number of deaths, over 75%, occurred in people who had at least four comorbidities,” Walensky stated.
The data on comorbidities that was confirmed by the CDC director this week had long been propagated by anti-lockdown, anti-mandate skeptics, but until recently had been dismissed as a baseless conspiracy theory by mask proponents and the corporate media.
Biden's CDC director: "The overwhelming number of death, over 75%, occurred in people who had at least four comorbidities" pic.twitter.com/iZE6claLtV
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CDC director Walensky also recently stated that in December that the highest infection rates of the new Omicron variant were being seen in the states of New York and New Jersey, both of which are heavily vaccinated.
Walensky said that the new variant is estimated to account for about 3% of infections that are being genetically sequenced nationwide, with the highest rates being recorded in those two states.
“In some areas of the country, the estimates of Omicron are even higher including in New York and New Jersey, where CDC projects that omicron could represent about 13% of all cases,” Walensky said at a COVID-19 press briefing.
Experts have suggested that the case rates are likely far underreported due to the easy transmissibility of the variant. The CDC director said that Omicron is more contagious than Delta, which currently accounts for a majority of the nation’s COVID-19 cases. Omicron will likely surpass delta in the near future as cases have been doubling on a daily basis.
As for Omicron case rates, New York and New Jersey lead the nation despite high vaccination rates in both states. According to the Mayo Clinic, 70.5% of New Yorkers have received at least two-doses of a COVID-19 vaccine while New Jersey lags slightly behind at 69.5%. This puts both states among the top 10 regarding state vaccination rates, trailing only a handful of New England states and West Virginia. The CDC has previously stated that only 20% of Omicron cases have been recorded in unvaccinated individuals.