January 2022 is going to be interesting.
I have been hearing a lot how Omicron is less severe and that we should not concentrate on the cases per day but on hospitalisations, ICU and ventilator numbers. Here is a look at NSW hospitalisations and ICU numbers for December 2021. I chose NSW because they opened the hardest and fastest on the 15th December. Since opening the hospitalisations have increased five times and the ICU numbers almost tripled. Effectively they are the canary in the mine.
During every stage of this Pandemic we have underestimated Covid-19 and we have definitely underestimated this new variant.
Omicron is going to surprise us again.