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Large majority of LIers will get infected with COVID, health expert predicts

Large majority of LIers will get infected with COVID, health expert predicts
A leading infectious disease specialist said Wednesday he believes a large majority of Long Islanders will get infected with COVID-19 amid what he called a viral "blizzard" fueled by the omicron varia

Farber said that same trend is happening on Long Island and throughout the state.A key point, however, is that people who are vaccinated and boosted are not likely to get very sick from omicron, which while highly contagious is also less severe than delta and other variants, Farber said.Getting it and being hospitalized and sick is a whole different story, and that’s happening to people who have been not vaccinated, or vaccinated and have not been boosted," Farber said.The only other encouraging thing about omicron is that its high level of contagiousness is what will lead to it being largely extinguished, Farber said.

The virus is starting to show signs of "plateauing" or reaching a peak, which could be confirmed over the next week, Farber said.Long Island and the state have broken records for daily new cases of COVID-19, and for positivity levels.

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