April 12, 2022
COVID-19 case numbers are rising again in the US, with all new diseases led by the growth of the Omicron subvariant BA.2.
At the same time, the U.S. has not seen a significant increase in cases, and COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are still at low levels. Health officials are looking at the numbers to determine what the future holds.
“We’re seeing the start of an increase in new infections,” Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN.
On a positive note, he said, the U.S. would reach “very low” sending numbers that would not affect “our daily business, workplace and community lives.” Until then, Americans must be ready to take care of themselves and figure out their problems.
“Because of the high rate of our increase in the number of doctors, it has to do with the role of the doctor in the increase in serious illness,” he said. “I can’t say where we are right now because we’re changing.”
BA.2 accounted for 86% of new COVID-19 cases in the past week, according to the CDC’s latest data. About 34,000 cases are reported each day, according to the database New York Occasionally, that represents a 22% increase in the past two weeks.
However, the case numbers are one of the lowest since July 2021. This week’s jump in cases could be attributed to a two -week backlog in Florida, CNN reported. In addition, hospitalizations and deaths are declining, with 15,000 COVID-19 patients admitted to the country and about 500 deaths reported each day.
At the state level, cases are growing in 25 states, falling from 16 states to nine states, CNN reported. Cases are on the rise in the Northeast, where BA.2 accounts for more than 90% of cases.
On Monday, Philadelphia became the first major city to announce the reinstatement of domestic mask demands. Cases increased by 50% to 10 days, exceeding the city’s limit for reinstating mask orders.
Some schools have returned to the masking, CNN reported, including American University, Georgetown University, George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University.
“I think this wave is much smaller than what we saw in January,” Cheryl Bettigole, MD, Philadelphia’s health commissioner, said Monday during a press conference. the news.
“But if we wait to see and return our masks, we will lose our time to cover the wave,” he said.
The global number of COVID-19 cases exceeded 500 million on Tuesday, according to UPI, increasing from 300 million in early January to 400 million in early February in half a billion this week.
The global prevalence is slow, with the number of daily cases at about 37% lower than in the past two weeks, according to global data. The New York Times. Less than 1 million cases are reported every day, up from 2 million cases every day about a month ago.
In addition, the global COVID-19 death rate is about 31% lower than in the past two weeks, with an average of 3,300 deaths reported each day.