In the latest COVID 19 updates, the virus remains a disruptive force as more people try to return to a pre-pandemic life. In the past weeks, many countries have seen a resurgence of the coronavirus, and this surge is connected to the Omicron subvariant BA.5.
Many experts believe this is the most contagious version of the virus yet. However, they say it can be contained because vaccines are available almost everywhere.
Moreover, scientists want people to keep taking preventive measures that will slow the surge and stop new variants of the virus from gaining too much ground in the United States and elsewhere.
While cases are going up and the country is losing close to 400 people every day because of the virus, it is unlikely that mask mandates will make a comeback.
New approach to COVID-19
The approach to COVID-19 is changing. The tracking is no longer the same because the reality is different. The case numbers that are being reported do not tell the whole story anymore.
Home testing is now more prevalent, and hospitalizations do not align with cases like before. To get a better picture of the situation, local data is the way to go.
Moreover, for experts, small communities provide more accuracy in terms of the evolution of COVID-19. The different sources of information do say the same thing at the moment.
There has been a steady rise in new cases since the month of May. Health experts are not looking back and are trying to find a middle ground.
They are trying to entourage protective steps on a personal level without creating backlash with full-scale restrictions. The Biden administration illustrates perfectly this difficult balance.
President Biden gives health update after testing positive for COVID-19
President Joe Biden wants to reassure the country that he is doing much better after contracting the coronavirus on Thursday. Most of his symptoms have been resolved.
The political leader hopes to get back to work fully by the end of the week. Biden was able to avoid the virus for over two years.
However, the latest Omicron subvariant BA.5 is said to be tougher to escape. During his recovery, Mr.
Biden has held several meetings virtually.
His team has used the diagnosis as a teachable moment for a nation that is still facing many obstacles when it comes to COVID-19. Biden’s doctor, Kevin O’Connor, said that the president is following all the CDC recommendations and was treated using Paxlovid.
The president is not the only politician battling the virus.
West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin has also tested positive for COVID. Manchin said on Tuesday that his symptoms are mild, and he is following all the different protocols.
The 74-year-old conservative Democrat plays a key role in Senate. In a 50-50 Senate, not much can get done without his vote. Moreover, in recent months, he has angered many members of his own party for blocking some of Biden’s initiatives.
The two men are fully vaccinated and boosted and are expected to make a full recovery. In related news, the FDA has approved a new COVID vaccine, Novavax.
Since it does not use mRNA technology, experts are hoping it will convince some doubters to get vaccinated.
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