USA: 2,500 flights were canceled on the first day of 2022 due to the advance of Ómicron and the arrival of a snowstorm.


USA: 2,500 flights were canceled on the first day of 2022 due to the advance of Ómicron and the arrival of a snowstorm.

The combination of understaffed COVID-19 infections and the storm cause severe problems at North American airports.

About 2,500 flights have been canceled to or from US airports on the first day of 2022, prolonging to a ninth day the significant air disturbances caused by the expansion of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, combined with a snowstorm.

At 1:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. GMT), 2,482 cancellations had been registered throughout the country. More than half of the cancellations worldwide (4,304) on Saturday represent an increase in flight cancellations concerning the previous days.

The city of Chicago, in the northwestern United States, has today been the most affected in the world by a snowstorm, which has led to the O'Hare airport having canceled 402 flights in origin and 425 in destination, to them that add 130 in head and 143 in the goal of the Midway airport; they are followed by Denver (Colorado) and Detroit (Michigan).

The lack of personnel due to the covid-19 infections affecting flights has also been evident with the news that has become known regarding United Airlines, which has offered its pilots to triple their salary for much of January to try to minimize cancellations.

Specifically, and according to a statement from United sent this Friday to the specialized media CNBC, the pilots' union and the airline have reached an agreement that will pay more than three times their salary to pilots who work on available flights from December 30 on January 3, and three more times for accepting additional flights between January 4 and 29.

The text also notes that United has recorded a "large number" of pilot casualties given the "rapid expansion of the omicron variant of the coronavirus."

By airlines, the most affected in the world by the cancellations this Saturday, like the past few days, is China Eastern (513 flights affected), followed by Southwest (US line, with 472), SkyWest (also the US, with 437), and Air China (with 226)

Case record

The United States authorities reported more than 2 million new cases of coronavirus in one week, breaking another record in the almost two years of the pandemic. The predominant variant in all fifty states is the Omicron.

Days ago,  16 states reported a record number of new infections: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington. There was also a record number of positive cases in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

The rate of new cases is reported 94 percent faster in this past week than a week earlier.

But the good news is that as the days go by, the initial theory that Ómicron is a more contagious but less severe variant and less lethal seems to be proven. The numbers of deaths linked to the virus are nowhere near the record numbers known to be seen in the past. The disastrous first place in the number of people killed due to the virus occurred in the week of January 10 to 16, 2021, when 23,415 people died. Last week 10,823 deaths were reported.

Experts indicate that the rise in the number of infections immediately leads to an increase in the number of deaths. Usually, the second indicator comes between one and two weeks after the cases skyrocket. Because those who have died as a result of the coronavirus generally did not do so immediately. They were in agony for a week or two before the fatal outcome.

However,  epidemiologists are optimistic about this new wave. They do not believe that there will be a substantial increase in the number of deaths in the next two weeks because there is a key indicator that is not increasing either: hospitalizations. And those usually happen immediately.