Covid-19 hospitalizations surge in US : Health agency issues warning

Covid-19 hospitalization surges in US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that the number of Covid-19 hospitalizations have been rising in the US. As per data, hospitalizations have spiked up 10%- the sharpest increase since December 2022. Over 7,100 patients with Covid were hospitalized in the week of July 15, up from 6,444 the prior week, it showed while Covid-related emergency room visits are also on the rise. About 0.73% of visits as of July 21 are due to Covid compared to 0.49% a month prior.

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What people said about Covid-19 spikes in US

Dr. Brendan Jackson, the CDC’s Covid-19 incident manager in Atlanta confirmed NPR. by saying “After roughly six, seven months of steady declines, things are starting to tick back up again,”

“We’ve seen the early indicators go up for the past several weeks. And just this week, for the first time in a long time, we’ve seen hospitalizations tick up as well,” he said.

“This could be the start of a late summer wave,” he emphasized that the spikes of Covid-19 have been significant in the Southeast.

More concerning are the “mutagenic” subvariants emerging in Asia but for most people in the US “these early signs don’t need to mean much,” he said.

CDC spokesperson Kathleen Conley said, “Early indicators of Covid-19 activity (emergency department visits, test positivity and wastewater levels) preceded an increase in hospitalizations seen this past week.”

But, Covid rates are still at “near-historic lows” in the US, she said, adding that overall infection-related deaths are declining in the country and are at the lowest rate since the CDC started keeping track.

Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Centre, shared his insights with Fox News, stating that a summer surge is underway. He mentioned the likelihood of recommending the new XBB subvariant booster in the fall, especially for those in high-risk groups who haven’t recently had an infection or vaccine. While he acknowledged the slight uptick in hospitalizations, he emphasized that the infections mostly remain mild and that most people with prior immunity from vaccination or prior infection are at lower risk.

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