December 27. A growing body of scientific evidence suggest the omicron variant of COVID-19 is less severe than the delta variant — but according to one prominent New York City emergency room physician, it all depends on what shots you’ve had.
Omicron is surging out of control in the city, with some Manhattan neighborhoods approaching 20% positivity rates, and hospitalizations doubling or more in recent weeks, particularly in children.
Against that backdrop, the city’s emergency rooms are seeing a huge spike in patients – the asymptomatic seeking tests, the symptomatic who don’t know where else to go and those in the ER for other reasons altogether who end up having COVID anyway.
Craig Spencer, a Manhattan ER doctor affiliated with Columbia University who became a Twitter superstar in the early days of the pandemic for his running commentary on the battle against the virus, tweeted a detailed breakdown late Sunday of what omicron cases look like.
Source: NBC New York