Report: Risk of COVID Reinfection From New Variant Grows

The first confirmed case of the omicron variant in the U.S. has been discovered in California.

The COVID pandemic isn’t over yet, folks. The coronavirus has other ideas. As the Saturday morning PSA used to say, “The more you know.”

From the Washington Post:

The latest omicron offshoot, BA.5, has quickly become dominant in the United States, and thanks to its elusiveness when encountering the human immune system, is driving a wave of cases across the country.

The size of that wave is unclear because most people are testing at home or not testing at all. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the past week has reported a little more than 100,000 new cases a day on average.

But infectious-disease experts know that wildly underestimates the true number, which may be as many as a million, said Eric Topol, a professor at Scripps Research who closely tracks pandemic trends.

Antibodies from vaccines and previous coronavirus infections offer limited protection against BA.5, leading Topol to call it “the worst version of the virus that we’ve seen.”

Read the full report here.

I personally know four people that have had COVID-19 in the past two weeks.