COVID-19 Cases on the Rise Again
Doug Jones • May 5, 2022
According to HHS data compiled by the New York Times, nationwide COVID-19 cases have increased 50% over the last two weeks in 47 states, just as the country’s death toll surpasses 1,000,000 people. Meanwhile, hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have gone up 18% across the country, with 40 states identifying an increase.
Even so, the use of rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests suggests that HHS data is undercounting cases due to them not being reported. In addition, there’s been widespread underreporting as a result of more patients having milder cases due to vaccinations and prior infections.
As of this week, an average of 17,532 people are hospitalized daily with COVID-19. According to the CDC, 68.1% of new cases in the U.S. are a result of the omicron subvariant BA.2, which is the more contagious strain of the virus.
A report using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that as of February 2022 there was a high infection rate for the Omicron variant, especially among children.
The report shows that close to 75% of children and adolescents have had serologic evidence of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection, implying that the greatest increases in seroprevalence occurred in the age groups with the lowest vaccination coverage.
The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) examined U.S. trends in infection-induced SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence during September 2021–February 2022 by age group, taking into account that the usual methods of disease surveillance don’t recognize all COVID-19 cases because some are asymptomatic, while others aren’t diagnosed or reported.
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