President Joe Biden pledged to “shut down” the coronavirus when campaigning in 2020, but nearly a year after his first day in office, the U.S. is set to surpass record coronavirus hospitalizations this week.
As of Monday, hospitalizations in the United States totaled 141,386 people, just slightly short of the 142,273 record that was set on January 14, 2021. According to the Washington Post, the country will cross that record as soon as Tuesday:
If models of omicron’s spread prove accurate — even the researchers who produce them admit forecasts are difficult during a pandemic — current numbers may seem small in just a few weeks. Disease modelers are predicting total hospitalizations in the 275,000 to 300,000 range when the peak is reached,