Amidst the official end of the COVID-19 emergency, there are lingering concerns, especially within the medical community.
Recent data from the New York State Department of Health, released on August 2, reveals a troubling trend. COVID-19 cases surged by 55% since the prior week, averaging 824 reported cases daily across the state.
Unforeseen Emergence of New Strain
Adding to this, hospital admissions for the disease rose by 22% compared to the prior week, translating to over 100 admissions daily.
Coinciding with this, a new variant dubbed EG.5, or eris, has emerged as the dominant strain, accounting for about 17% of COVID cases nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent alert.
Seeking Perspective: Waning Immunity and Fluctuations
Dr. Ashwin Vasan, the NYC health commissioner, offers some reassurance. He stated, “The good news is that we’re not observing anything in the virus indicating increased transmissibility or lethality. What we’re seeing is waning immunity… This is part of living with COVID, and these fluctuations are to be expected.
Rising Nationwide Cases
This surge in COVID-19 cases is not unique to New York; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a 12% rise in U.S. hospital admissions for COVID-19 during the week ending July 22, with a recorded 8,000 admissions.
Remaining Vigilant in Uncertain Times
As we navigate these uncertainties, it’s clear that the battle against COVID-19 persists. Vigilance and adherence to public health measures remain paramount to safeguard ourselves and our communities.
The rise in COVID-19 cases isn’t limited to New York: The CDC recorded 8,000 US hospital admissions for COVID-19 in the week ending July 22, a 12% increase from the week before.
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