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White House Says COVID-19 Case Counts Could Double Later in 2022
While we’ve seen signs of endemicity in the last couple of months, the tides have shifted drastically. Now, the White House is warning of a possible spike in COVID-19 cases later in the year. The case counts are expected to land at 100 million, which would double America’s overall reported cases.
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Two New Omicron Variants, BA.4 and BA.5, Detected in the U.S. Suspected to Evade Immunity

New and more relevant COVID-19 variants are coming to light, namely, BA.4 and BA.5. Both subvariants of Omicron, current predictions point to these two new strains being more transmissible than BA.2 and having the capability to evade immunity from vaccines and prior infection

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CDC Says Omicron BA.2 Variant is Spreading Fast in the U.S.
While it hasn’t been declared a variant of concern, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is concerned about the transmissibility of the most recent COVID-19 variant, the Omicron BA.2.
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U.S. Mask Mandates Set to Return as Cases Rise

Cases have been rising across the United States, with the new Omicron subvariant accounting for the majority of new infections. Although health authorities are confident that BA.2 will not cause a surge as bad as its predecessor, they are beginning to put up our defenses by reinforcing mask mandates. 

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Hong Kong Study Finds That BA.2 COVID-19 Variant is More Severe for Children

Researchers in Hong Kong studied the severity of the BA.2 variant among a small number of children who were hospitalized for the most recent COVID-19 strain. They found that children who were hospitalized with the BA.2 variant were 18 times more likely to be admitted to the ICU and seven times more likely to die compared to those hospitalized with the flu.

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