A Medical Dispatch for Well Beings
The Latest on This Viral Season
Our infectious disease expert, Dr. Geemee Chung, updates us on avoiding norovirus, lingering respiratory illnesses, and the easier COVID winter.
The Winter Report
RSV, flu, and COVID are still circulating as the winter months pick up. While RSV cases have plateaued, the XBB1.5 variant of COVID is taking over quickly. The flu peaked early this season but we may see a rebound after the holidays. Norovirus, a common virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea, is also part of the winter virus mix. Below is more information on how to differentiate your symptoms if you should develop any.
COVID, RSV, & the Flu
COVID The BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 subvariants of Omicron (descendents of BA.5) are now the dominant strains of COVID pushing a new wave of infections this winter. The new COVID sublineages are not different enough from the original Omicron strain to be considered separate variants of concern. These subvariants are likely more resistant to the currently-used […]
COVID, Monkeypox, Polio
We Know… The BA.5 Omicron subvariant is still dominant in the US. Several other variants are being monitored closely including BA.2.75.2, BA.4.6, and BQ.1.1. The Pfizer and Moderna bivalent booster vaccines (comprised of the original virus and Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5) are currently available for those who received their last vaccination two months ago or more. […]
What We Know…
COVID The Omicron subvariant BA.5 has been the dominant strain in the US over the summer. There are signs that the US summer surge of BA.5 is waning. Other Omicron subvariants are being monitored – BA.4.6 and BA.2.75 are the latest under observation. The former seems to be upticking on the East Coast. On August […]
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