MERCURY NEWS – California’s COVID-19 case rates have plummeted nearly 90% from a month ago.
But deaths linked to the virus are only now peaking from last month’s axis-shattering surge from the omicron variant.
The Golden State’s climbing death toll now averages more than 200 daily COVID deaths reported each day.
That’s the highest it’s been since last March, at the tail end of the state’s deadliest surge of the pandemic as vaccines were still in short supply.
Why are deaths still climbing weeks after cases peaked?
“It is exactly what I expected to see,” said John Swartzberg, professor emeritus of infectious disease and vaccinology with the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program.
He says deaths tend to trail cases by several weeks, from four to up to seven weeks.
“If we learn from history,” he cautioned, “the message so far has been that we get new variants” … read more.