COVID cases and hospitalization rates had a relatively small peak in early January but have been steadily down in North America since.
The world is now far enough past the 2023 Lunar New Year’s celebration that we can say that it did not result in a significant surge in cases.
In the United States, as of last week, about 70% of counties in the country have moved to the CDC “low community impact” designation
The greatest unknown at present is the effect of the Lunar New Year regional and global travel on case growth.
A new variant has taken center stage and predictably, mainstream news organizations are saying this is the “most infectious variant ever seen.”
We are at a very different place heading into the holiday season than we were last year, and with some forethought and precautions, we all can have a good end of the year.
This flu season is bad compared to recent years. But it’s not just flu. Thankfully, we are not seeing significant increases in COVID rates.
This may be hard to believe, but the first human infection with SARS-CoV2, probably occurred right around now, three years ago.
The impact of COVID continues to decline with 80% of US counties in the CDC “Green” level and only just over 2% remaining in the “Red” level.
We are expecting to see the current low levels of flu activity will end and we will start to see the typical early signs of flu season.