CASES DEATHS CASES DEATHS
December 2020 19,111,443 341,149 2,120,610 24,241
January 26,185,362 441,319 3,310,949 40,702
December 54,859,966 825,816 5,515,250 76,520
January 74,333,528 884,265 8,292,735 79,801
December 100,751,994 1,092,674 11,829,499 98,637
January 104,196,861 1,132,935 11,964,001 99,944
February 105,345,992 1,146,142 12,084,297 100,816
March 106,102,029 1,153,730 12,155,825 101,798
April 106,630,327 1,159,839 12,221,606 102,390
May 107,085,763 1,164,967 12,263,722 102,769
June 107,280,827 1,167,763 12,292,399 103,169
July 107,437,289 1,169,154 12,301,545 103,216
August 108,105,276 1,173,745 12,374,490 104,562
September 108,752,796 1,177,283 12,447,994 104,930
October 109,005,441 1,179,695 12,480,306 105,277
UPDATED WEEKLY – Worldometer, Last updated on 27 November 2023
POPULATION - is 340,740,804 of 27 November 2023, 10:26 am PST, based on Census U.S. and World Population Clock.
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Recovered - 669,727,464
Cases in the U.S.
Recovered - 107,411,820
Cases in California
Recovered - 12,376,741
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11/27/2023 (WHO) Cases Deaths Recovered
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Effective September 29, 2023, weekly updates to maps, charts, and data provided by CDC for COVID Data Tracker will occur on Fridays by 12 p.m. ET. This change aligns with the timing of CDC’s weekly updates for respiratory viruses (https://www.cdc.gov/respiratory-viruses/index.html).
Changes in Vaccination Data Reporting
On June 16, the COVID-19 vaccination reporting system will track only two types of vaccinations–primary series and CDC’s new up-to-date measure. The reporting system will update data monthly and stop publishing average doses administered and doses on hand.
NOVEMBER – DECEMBER BLOG
Flu, RSV cases surging in North Texas. CBS-Dallas. Sun, November 12, 2023 at 5:37 AM PST. Doctors are urging patients to get the flu vaccine now, especially if you plan to travel for the holidays. It takes about two weeks for effectiveness. Local children's hospitals are already seeing a huge surge in patients and nearing their capacity.
RSV symptoms: How to know if your child has RSV, COVID-19, the flu or a cold. Mon, November 13, 2023 at 11:24 AM PST.
RSV symptoms include: cough, fever, runny nose, decreased appetite, sneezing and wheezing and appear gradually, typically four to five days after exposure.
What RSV symptoms stand out? Wheezing, which could sound like a whistle or rattle. Bronchitis and pneumonia are common secondary infections of RSV.
Children under 5 are at higher risk of complications from the flu. The Cleveland Clinic reports complications include: dehydration, pneumonia, sinus infection, ear infection and inflammation of heart, brain or muscle tissue.
What flu symptoms stand out? High fever, nausea and vomiting. It is difficult to tell the difference between COVID-19 and the flu based solely on symptoms.
What COVID-19 symptoms stand out? Loss of taste or smell is unique to COVID-19.
Highly contagious new Covid variant HV.1 spreading across US: All you need to know. Hindustan Times. The new, highly contagious. HV.1, Covid-19 variant is sweeping through the United States, dominating other strains, including EG.5 or Eris. EG.5, the most common variant, followed by FL.1.5.1 or Fornax and XBB.1.16 or Arcturus - are offshoots of Omicron.
HV.1, credited for a quarter of all COVID-19 cases since the end of October or 25.2%. Late July, HV.1 accounted for 0.5% of COVID-19 cases, by September 30, rising to 12.5% and in November the most dominant strain in the US, per CDC data.
Symptoms for HV.1 are:
Scientists are not overly worried as the variant has been spreading quickly, but there are highly mutated strains that can cause more harm, BA.2.86 or Pirola, having extra 36 mutations that are distinctive from XBB.1.5 and JN.1, which has one more mutation than Pirola.
What to Know About the EG.5 Variant. August 10, 2023. EG.5 is a recent COVID variant closely related to the XBB variants, that have been circulating in the U.S. for six months. EG.5 contains one particular mutation known to evade some immunity after an infection or vaccination.
What to know about new COVID variants EG.5, FL.1.5.1 and BA.2.86 now spreading. FL.1.5.1, Fornax, is the next-largest strain, at 13.3% of U.S. infections. FL.1.5.1 has doubled when it was an estimated 7.1% of circulating variants.
The Updated COVID Vaccines Are Here: 10 Things to Know. OCTOBER 4, 2023. The new shots designed to protect against XBB.1.5 should also protect against more recent virus strains, including EG.5 and BA.2.86.
There will be better protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 now that newly updated mRNA COVID vaccines are available. The new shots are expected to keep people from getting seriously ill with the virus through the winter. These updated vaccines are for everyone ages 6 months and older.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the updated vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna in mid-September. Early October, they also authorized an updated Novavax vaccine for use in individuals 12 and older.
The vaccines target XBB.1.5, subvariant of Omicron. The CDC indicated the updated vaccines also work against variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which many descended from, or are related to, the XBB strain. This includes EG.5, the dominant strain in the U.S., and BA.2.86, a new subvariant sparking concern with more than 30 mutations to its spike protein.
Yale Medicine infectious diseases specialist Onyema Ogbuagu, MBBCh, reminds people “the disease can still lead to hospitalization and death.” COVID-19 has been causing mild illness. “Infections can have long-term consequences and healthy people can develop Long COVID, which new, continuing, or recurring and sometimes debilitating symptoms are present four or more weeks after an initial coronavirus infection,” Dr. Ogbuagu said.
The older population, especially aged 50 and older, are more likely than younger people to get very sick from COVID. Immunocompromised people and those with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, are also at the highest risk of severe disease and death, yet some young, healthy people have also gotten very ill and died from COVID. The CDC recommends the vaccine for pregnant women to protect both mother and baby.
Most of the strains circulating now are descended from or closely related to it, providing a good example of how the virus has evolved, and still evolving so rapidly that it may be impossible to match each new vaccine update to the variants circulating at the time it is released, explains Scott Roberts, MD, a Yale Medicine infectious diseases specialist. “But we know from experience that the vaccines hold up very well, even against multiple variants, unless there is a significant shift like we saw with Delta to Omicron in the winter of 2021. If you have some immunity to a variant and are exposed to a new offshoot of it, you’ll have some protection.”
A booster shot gives a “boost” to the recipient's existing immunity from a previous vaccination. Updated vaccines are expected to provide protection against currently circulating variants, helping the body build a new response to those variants. The FDA anticipates COVID-19 vaccines may need to be updated annually, as is done for the seasonal influenza vaccine. FDA noted its approval and authorization of the new vaccine.
There is still more to learn about BA.2.86, appearing in the U.S. in August, is not reported to be widespread at this point. The multiple mutations to its spike protein could be a sign it is more transmissible or could cause more severe disease, nobody knows for sure.
Children are less likely to get seriously ill with COVID, but some still do, says Magna Dias, MD, a Yale Medicine pediatric hospitalist. “Parents should talk to their pediatrician, especially if their child is immunocompromised. In that case, I think it’s a no-brainer to protect them.”
To find a location near you that carries the vaccine and to schedule an appointment, go to Vaccines.gov. You can also call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).
Public health officials view the Novavax vaccine as a valuable alternative for those who don’t want to take messenger RNA, mRNA, shots from Pfizer and Moderna. Novavax, a decades-old protein-based technology, used in routine vaccinations against hepatitis B and shingles.
Delays had resulted in some patients getting charged up to $190 for a shot at pharmacies. Some pharmacies, like Walgreens, appear to be resolving supply disruptions, which left many stores without any new Covid shots.
Last year, about 17% of the U.S. population, 56 million people, received last year’s boosters, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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