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Surge in NY COVID Cases by 55%, Doctors Sound New Variant Alarm

August 10, 2023 | By Kali Girl

In May, the official end of the COVID-19 emergency was announced, but medical experts continue to express significant concerns regarding the ongoing presence of the coronavirus, reports the NY Post.

Recent data released on August 2 by the New York State Department of Health reveals a concerning 55% surge in COVID cases compared to the previous week. The state has been grappling with an average of 824 reported cases per day.

Concurrently, hospital admissions related to the disease have risen by 22% compared to the prior week, resulting in over 100 daily admissions.

At the same time, a newly identified variant referred to as EG.5 or eris has emerged as the predominant strain, contributing to approximately 17% of COVID cases nationwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a fresh alert highlighting this development.

According to the CDC, the week concluding on July 22 saw a surge of 8,000 hospital admissions due to COVID-19 across the United States. This marks a significant 12% increase compared to the previous week’s numbers. The impact is not confined to New York alone. 

“The most frightening thing to me is, we don’t know where that [omicron] variant came from,” said Anna Bershteyn, assistant professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU’s medical school.

She added, an even deadlier variant could arise without warning. “That event could happen anytime,” she added. “That thought sends chills down my spine.”

“The most frightening thing is if the virus was more deadly.”

However, according to Dr. Ashwin Vasan, the NYC health commissioner, “the good news is that we’re not seeing anything in the virus that suggests it’s getting more transmissible or more lethal.”

Vasan added, “What this really is, is just waning immunity … This is part of living with COVID and these fluctuations are to be expected.”

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