According to the country’s leading infectious disease expert, Omicron infections will begin dropping in the United States by February mid-February. Cities hardest hit may experience an infection rate drop of as high as 64 percent.

Doctor Anthony Fauci stated Sunday that there will be a turnaround in the number of cases and hospitalizations in the US as the spread of the contagious virus slows down. This could indicate a return to normal.

‘We would hope that as we get into the next weeks or month, we will see throughout the entire country, the level of infection get to below what I call the ‘area of control,’ the famously gloomy White House COVID expert told ABC’s This Week on Sunday. 

“Control” means that you are not eliminating the problem, and you are not eliminating it. However, it can get to a point where it is integrated in our daily life with other respiratory conditions.

His shared an outlook of  cautious optimism as infections plunge in the country’s early epicenters on the east.


Infection rates are dropping in states considered the early epicenters of the Omicron variant, including in New York, where the infection rate has dipped 82 percent week-over-week

States considered to be early epicenters of Omicron variant infection are seeing their infectivity rates drop, with New York being one such state. The week-over-week dip in infectivity has been 82 percent.

New Jersey has gone from 28,514 cases January 9 to 8,924 confirmed infections January 23, representing a 68 percent decrease

New Jersey saw a decrease of 68 percent in the number of cases from January 9, when there were 28,514 reported infections.

The situation also appears promising in Connecticut, where cases dropped from a January 10 high of 10,179 cases to 4,872 cases January 22

Connecticut is also showing promising signs, with cases dropping from an January 10 peak of 10,179 cases down to 4,872 January 22

New York, where Omicron paralysed parts of the state last month, has seen cases drop by 58% in two weeks and 82% week-over-week. Johns Hopkins University data suggests that New Jersey’s infections rates have dropped by 64 percent in just two fortnights and by 89 percent over seven days.

According to New York Times data, the Empire State saw a 54% drop in its number of cases from 79,777 on January 9, to 27,643 cases Saturday. This is a decrease of 54 percent over the previous two weeks. 

Deaths related to the virus spiked 71 percent in the past two weeks; more than 62,600 New Yorkers have died from Covid since the pandemic began.

New Jersey’s January 2009 cases decreased by 64 percent to 28,514 from January 9.

However, the death rate jumped 71 percent in the Garden State, where  30,746 people have died since the virus took hold in early 2020.

Infections are usually slower than death, so there is hope that these deaths will also slow down in coming weeks as COVID victims at the peak of the epidemic either recover or die.  

Dr. Anthony Fauci said during an appearance on ABC's This Week that most US states could peak by mid-February

During an interview on ABC’s This Week, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that the majority of US states would reach their peak in mid-February.

Connecticut is showing promising signs, with cases dropping from the January 10th high of 10,179 to 4,872 on January 22, which marked a 39% drop. Deaths in Connecticut are increasing by 52%

The situation may not be universal. Omicron was first detected on the Eastern Seaboard in early December. It spread quickly and as predicted.

Some states like Arizona, Kansas, Arizona, and other are not yet at their peak. Cases continue to rise and record-breaking is occurring in some of these states. 

According to the NYT, cases in Washington rose 52 percent over the last two weeks while the New Mexico infection rate rose 134 percent.

A analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University showed that the US had registered 70,495,874 CoVID infections and 865.968 deaths as of Sunday morning.  

New York was once on a number of occasions the nation's hotspot for Covid infections. Residents are pictured walking past a testing sign in New York City on January 20

New York City was, at one time, the country’s most important hotspot to contract Covid infection. Pictured here are residents walking along a New York City testing sign on January 20, 2012.

Fauci stated that although the majority of Americans are progressing in the right direction, it is not the same for every state. The American public should be immunized and use masks indoors to protect themselves against the disease.

He stated that “Things look good.” “We are not trying to become overconfident. But they seem like they’re moving in the right direction at this time.”

However, he noted that the virus may once more cause havoc and that if there is a new version of it, he could be optimistic. 

In the longer term, he expressed optimism that the virus could be controlled.

“We want it to be at a level that doesn’t interrupt us, and we can feel normal again.”