Several States See Increases in Coronavirus Cases
Some states are seeing an increase in the number of new cases of coronavirus infection due to the rapid spread of BA.2, also known as the “stealth omicron,” across the United States.
Johns Hopkins University data show an increase in coronavirus cases in New York, Arizona, New Jersey, Maine, Delaware, and Georgia.
According to the World Health Organization, BA.2 is the prevalent strain spreading throughout the United States and around the world, and this is not a surprising development.
President Joe Biden indicated last week that the coronavirus outbreak is progressing as expected.
Infectiousness of the original omicron strain vs BA.2
However, it doesn’t appear to generate more severe COVID-19 infections or escape immunizations better than the original omicron strain.
No sign of the omicron subvariant, but infections are projected to rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average number of new coronavirus infections in the United States has remained relatively stable at 26,000 a day.
Some areas, such as the Northeast, have seen an increase in cases of severe disease from COVID-19, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has previously acknowledged, saying that the agency is monitoring “for any indication of an increase in severe disease from COVID-19” and “whether it represents any strain on our hospitals.”
We haven’t seen it yet,” she continued.
But COVID-19 isn’t over, as Biden acknowledged last Thursday.
“Thanks to our year-long plan on immunizations, testing, treatments, and more,” Biden added. No, COVID-19 is not over. COVID-19 no longer rules our lives.”