COVID-19 News: United States Entering Worrisome Hyperendemic Phase Similar To China And UK With COVID-19 Positivity Rates Exceeding 50 Percent!
: The United States is entering a worrisome hyperendemic phase as emerging data is showing that the COVID-19 positivity data in many states across the country is now exceeding more than 50 percent and considering that there is not much testing done coupled with the fact the current rapid antigen test kits used by many are no longer that reliable, the actual rates could be much higher.
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A hyperendemic phase is when persistent high levels of disease occurrence occurs and it typically also coincides with high hospitalization rates and also an increase in mortality rates.
In this COVID-19 context, the situation in manifesting in America as a result of the debut of the America variant called XBB.1.5 that is more transmissible and has a better growth advantage along with the fact the country is facing a continuous onslaught by a cluster of more than 200 SARS-CoV-2 variants, sub-lineages and recombinant variants and will be continuously replaced by newer ones! We can also expect more reinfections at a shorter interval period and worryingly more coinfections that can complicate clinical issues as well as give rise to even more newer recombinant variants.
The situation that the United States is entering is no difference form what is already occurring in China, the United Kingdom and Japan. Do not be surprised that within the next 16 weeks the whole world will ultimately enter this dangerous hyperendemic phase!
The American variant or XBB.1.5 though has become more transmissible due to the F486P mutation found on it that apparently increases its binding capability to human ACE2 receptors, is however believed to be slightly less immune evasive to than the original XBB variant.
Americans should not just pay attention to just the XBB.1.5 variant but rather try to avoid getting exposed to any SARS-CoV-2 variant or sub-lineage as all are just as dangerous to one either upon initial infection or in terms of long-term health.
There are also many new sub-lineages and recombinant variants emerging in the Unites States at the moment including the new recombinant XBB.1.5 and BQ.1.14 variant that made its debut in New York recently!
Also, it should be noted that even the XBB1.5 lineages is also evolving and picking up newer mutations.
In the meanwhile, latest data are already showing that hospitalization rates are going up fast in the United States and various COVID-19 News
coverages are already showing that hospitals in America are starting to get stressed out.
It is believed that more with than one third of the American population already been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, these continuous onslaughts involving the XBB.1.5 variant and many other new variants and sub-lineages will see more people getting reinfected and hence a possible increase in disease severity!
Americans should not also be swayed by experts or health authorities who claim that some of the circulating variants are mild or do not cause disease severity as while they might not kill you immediately upon infection, they can affect you in many other ways and cause more worrisome health issues that affects your quality of life!
Already the BA.5 variants that were deemed as mild by many are now found to be more neurovirulent and can cause many serious neurological issues.
For those thinking that the COVID-19 pandemic is going away any time soon or that the variants are going to be milder, they are going to be in for rude awakening. 2023 will mark the actual start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the previous 3 years were just trial runs for the SARS-CoV-2 virus!
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