Data shows COVID up in at least 20 states
COVID-19 cases are on the rise again.
New data shows at least 20 states are seeing an uptick in COVID cases.
The rise is being blamed on the omicron subvariant BA.5. It’s the most contagious version of the virus yet.
Experts say current vaccines and boosters don’t seem to help prevent people from getting sick, even multiple times.
“We are seeing a lot of reinfections within months of prior infections. It’s a reminder that an infection does not give you lifelong immunity. It’s also a reminder that we’re seeing rapid evolution of a virus that’s trying to escape that prior infection immunity,” said Dr. Asish Jha, the White House COVID coordinator.
There is hope for relief though, with a new vaccine targeting omicron expected to roll out this fall, and testing on a new vaccine that’s multipronged, aimed at stopping future mutations.
Until we get those shots in the arms, we still have to remember COVID is very much with us.