Covid: Hospitalizations have doubled since May as omicron BA.5 sweeps U.S.

  • The omicron BA.5 subvariant is more transmissible than previous versions of Covid, resulting in a wave of infections and increased hospitalizations.
  • But the number of hospitalizations and deaths are still much lower than the winter wave.
  • BA.5 is better at evading the protection from vaccines, which means more people are getting mild illness, but the shots are still protecting against severe disease.
  • BA.5 does not appear to be more severe than past omicron subvariants, U.S. health officials said.
  • People who caught past omicron variants are likely still susceptible to infection from BA.5.

Source: Covid: Hospitalizations have doubled since May as omicron BA.5 sweeps U.S.

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