Context : Many have accused David Leonhardt of undermining pandemic precautions in support of returning to business as usual, despite the science and data that show Covid-19 infections are not slowing down. In this report, Leonhardt claimed Omicron wouldn't cause more deaths than Delta.
But the increase in deaths is unlikely to be anywhere near as large as the increase last summer, during the Delta wave.
A new study by investigators at the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) and Harvard shows the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus caused more excess deaths in just eight weeks than the Delta variant caused in its entire 23-week outbreak.(Source)
Key : Claim and Findings are direct quotes from their respective sources. Any additional language, meant to provide clarity, if any, is indicated with brackets.