What the new Covid-19 surge really means

What the new Covid-19 surge really means

Jul 31, 2023 by Health Care - Politico

Key Facts

  • | Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images Covid-19 hospitalizations are rising for the first time since the beginning of 2023, but public health experts and the White House appear confident the U.S. is well-positioned to manage the virus heading into the fall.
  • But a 10.3 percent increase in weekly Covid-19 hospital admissions in mid-July to 7,109 is a reminder that the virus is still a public health challenge.
  • An increase in the prevalence of Covid-19 means those in high-risk groups should keep up to date with Covid-19 vaccinations and consider wearing a mask in certain settings, according to Céline Gounder, an epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist and editor-at-large for public health at KFF Health News.
  • One challenge in the U.S. continues to be conveying that Covid-19 is not an on-and-off switch, and there is tension between only weighing the impact of the virus on one’s personal health and its impact on other people, Gounder added.

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