As the Omicron variant continues to spread, President Joe Biden warned people that are unvaccinated stating, “For unvaccinated, we are looking at a winter of severe illness and death.”


As a new highly mutated Omicron variant has emerged, COVID-19 cases have hit a spike and an all-time high in some states. The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the Omicron variant has been reported in 77 different countries and has likely spread to most nations undetected. Studies have further found that the Omicron variant has the ability to multiply 70 times faster than any previous variants.


The U.S. has been hit the hardest from the Omicron variant, currently averaging 1,150 COVID-19 deaths per day, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Multiple steps have been taken to prevent further spread of the new variant such as limiting travel and increasing access to boosters, but it still proved ineffective.


Biden drew a clear contrast when describing how the surge will affect the vaccinated versus the unvaccinated.


“How concerned should you be about omicron, which is now the dominant variant in this country and it happened so quickly. The answer is straightforward: If you’re not fully vaccinated, you have good reason to be concerned,” he said. “Almost everyone who has died in the past many months has been unvaccinated.”


Within the first two weeks of December, the average daily cases of COVID-19 in America increased by 35 percent.


President Joe Biden said, “It’s (Omicron) here now, and it’s spreading, and it’s gonna increase.” He continued, “….the only real protection is to get your shot.”


Biden assured that those who have gotten their vaccines and boosters would certainly have very little to worry about, as the shots will protect them from getting severely sick. For the unvaccinated Americans, however, Biden advised them to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect not just themselves but their loved ones as well from serious illness and possibly even death.


So far, more than 200 million Americans have been fully vaccinated. Joe Biden has promised to deploy even more vaccinators and sites to speed up the vaccination process.