It is important to keep a couple of comparisons between COVID and Monkeypox in mind as you process the news about Monkeypox.
Case counts remain relatively flat in US, although there may be indications of beginning of a slight downward trend.
While there continues to be COVID news, over the last week, the media has been less focused on COVID and much more focused on Monkeypox.
What is driving most increases and keeping a floor under decreases is omicron BA4/BA5 and of those two, primarily BA5.
COVID is not going away easily. Omicron sub-variants BA4 and BA5 are rapidly replacing BA2 and BA 2.12.1 in much of the world.
Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed many people having upper respiratory infections. Well, you are not imagining things.
One thing that is very clear is that we have lost control of good data on the dynamics of the COVID epidemic.
Omicron keeps churning out new variants, each being a little more infectious and a little bit further away from the original strains of COVID.
Looking at the dynamics of the epidemic, in North America, cases are up by about 13%, including over 25% in the United States.
Most areas of the world are shifting in mindset, from pandemic to endemic, what does that mean for day-to-day life?