The latest in COVID-19 news: we are, indeed, in the midst of a new COVID surge. The good news? According to the New York Times, case reports are up, but the associated death tolls remain unusually low.
Dr. David Dowdry, interviewed in the article linked here, attributes this trend to both vaccination and natural immunity. As more and more people earn their COVID immunity in one way or another, he predicts that this data will remain consistent as time goes on.
Omicron BA.2.12.1 is currently leading the way in terms of case reports in the U.S., followed by BA.5 and BA.4. The common denominator? These newer sublineages appear to set into the lungs, as opposed to the original coronavirus, which appeared to target the upper respiratory tract more aggressively, to the victim’s peril.
What else has been going on in the news? A few other stories to check out:
- The CDC has officially given its blessing in regard to COVID vaccinations for children five and under, from six months of age and up—20 million American children are officially eligible to receive either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine
- Canadians, transportation workers, and government workers entering Canada will no longer need to vax up before entering the country
- Those with natural immunity conferred in the earliest days of the Omicron variant may be more vulnerable to reinfection moving forward than those previously infected with later sublineages
If you live in a COVID hot spot, we recommend doing what you can to minimize your exposure to the virus until things cool down for the season. The CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors, proper social distancing in confined spaces, and getting tested ASAP if you do end up falling ill.
The world is finally opening up again, and we urge you to remain cautious, especially if your line of work exposes you to the public on a daily basis.
Mitigation strategies on a personal level will be key to containing future outbreaks. For more guidance, COVID testing resources, and group testing this summer, you can always count on us. Get in touch today.