The new BA.2.12.1 variant was responsible for 29% of new coronavirus infections and they are on the rise across the country.
New York Times: New York City has entered a higher coronavirus risk level as the number of cases has increased.
New York City entered a high-risk level for the coronavirus on Monday, a troubling reminder that the epidemic is not over and the virus still has the potential to harm New Yorkers. The city has moved to the medium, or yellow, risk category for virus infections as cases continue to grow, a development that could trigger a return to public health restrictions, although they do not need to be reinstated at this time. (Otterman and Fitzsimmons, 5/2)
AP: Idaho healthcare provider Covid Case has reported climbing
The coronavirus case is once again on the rise in parts of Idaho, prompting some health officials to take renewed precautions for large gatherings. “The data from the last 10 days is very interesting,” said Dr. David Peterman, CEO of Primary Health Medical Group, which includes 22 emergency care and family medicine clinics in southwestern Idaho. “Even if you look at the coronavirus in an epidemic in different ways, the goal is to reduce the positive rate to less than 5%.” (Boon, 5/3)
US News & World Report: New Omicron Submarine BA.2.12.1 Coronavirus Cases Spread in US
But another Omicron subvariant is growing rapidly and experts believe it could be more contagious than BA.2. As of mid-April, BA.2.12.1 was responsible for 29% of new coronavirus infections, according to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This is up from 19% in the previous week and 14% in the first week of April. (Smith-Schweinwalder, 5/2)
How widespread is the effect of covid-
The Boston Globe: 4 out of 10 surveyed Americans know one adult who died in COVID-19
As the nation prepares to reach the tragic milestone of 1 million official deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic this month, 40 percent of American adults say they know 1 or more people who have died from the disease, according to a survey published last week. . According to a survey conducted by the Covid-19 Consortium for Understanding the Public’s Policy Preference Across, 20 percent said they knew 1 person who died from the virus, 13 percent said they knew 2 people and 7 percent said they knew 3 or more. States, including Northeast, Harvard, Rutgers, and Northwestern University. (Finuken, 5/2)
CNN: Most Americans now have Covid-19 – but experts are predicting further uptrend.
While it is tempting to say that many lives are returning to normal, it is probably more accurate to say that it feels more comfortable and normal living with Covid-19. For many who have been vaccinated or have been previously infected, learning about close contact with the disease is less frightening than frustrating. The test is more and more normal. Masks are less visible. In the United States, children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years may be eligible for the vaccine in June, a huge relief for many parents. Many may not vaccinate their young children. More than one third of children aged 5-11 years have been fully vaccinated (Wolf, 5/2)
Other Kovid –
Statistics: Here’s how coronavirus can actually be like the flu
Just hours after a federal judge hit the federal mask mandate covering air travel and other public transport last month, Delta Airlines celebrated the move in a statement that Covid-19 had “transformed into a common seasonal virus.” By the next day, after a backlash from public health experts, Delta had dropped the offensive language. “The common virus does not cause 1 million deaths in a country in just 2 years,” tweeted Jessica Malati Rivera, a senior epidemiologist. Adviser to the Rockefeller Foundation’s Epidemic Prevention Institute. (Malteni, 5/3)
CNN: The symptoms of their virus were small. Then they had long covid.
Linda Timmer wanted to practice what she preached. While working for a domestic violence nonprofit organization in Arizona during the height of the Covid-19 summer wave in 2020, Timmer wrote epidemic policies for his workplace, encouraged his colleagues to wear masks, and, if they came in contact with or tested for coronavirus, Timmer himself was not aware of coming or staying in contact with Kovid-19 symptoms, such as cough or fever, but he did begin to experience some unusual moments when he felt tired or forgotten, with several episodes of confusion. “They didn’t really put it on the list of symptoms to test,” said Timmer, now 64. (Howard, 5/2)
Chicago Tribune: Free from pharmacies and insurers, want a COVID-19 test at home? This is not always easy despite the requirements
Some Illinois residents say they are still having trouble getting free home COVID-19 tests from pharmacies and insurance companies, after more than three months for White House insurers to cover them. President Joe Biden’s administration announced in January that in the wake of an intense COVID-19 surge, health insurance companies would have to cover up to eight COVID-19 tests at home each month. People were supposed to be able to go to many pharmacies, flash their health insurance cards, and walk home with a free box of the Covid-19 test. Or, if a pharmacy is not networked with their insurance, a person was supposed to submit a claim for at least $ 12 to pay for a test. But it’s still not always that easy – a problem that comes up as the number of Illinois cases continues to rise, prompting many people to re-examine at home. (Schenker, 5/3)
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