April 14, 2022
We might be looking at COVID 'seasons' for years to come
In the last three weeks, BA.2 has become the dominant COVID variant in the U.S., now accounting for 86% of cases, per the CDC. Meanwhile, U.S. cases have hovered at around 28,000 new reports daily, a plateau not seen since last June. And daily hospitalizations, perhaps the most telling pandemic indicator, dropped to around 1,400 nationwide, less than a tenth of the rate at the height of January's Omicron spike. Still, there are cases rising in the Northeast, enough that Philadelphia on Monday reinstituted its mask mandate "It does seem like what's happening on the East Coast is nearing what has happened in Europe and in the UK, where BA.2 really did kind of pick up," University of Arizona evolutionary biologist Michael Worobey said. "The good thing is that hospitalizations and deaths are not increasing nearly as much as with prior surges."