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
February 28,602,101 513,137 3,563,578 51,953
March 30,459,874 552,072 3,668,277 59,240
April 32,225,012 574,280 3,742,115 62,078
May 33,261,284 594,468 3,789,227 63,247
June 33,624,871 603,966 3,814,890 63,569
July 34,434,136 610,859 3,903,052 64,231
August 39,057,368 638,700 4,326,204 65,757
September 43,471,906 698,149 4,720,860 69,130
October 45,979,056 746,021 4,915,796 71,950
November 48,214,360 776,586 5,060,666 74,152
December 54,859,966 825,816 5,515,250 76,520
January 74,333,528 884,265 8,292,735 79,801
February 79,025,644 949,957 8,961,636 85,043
March 81,780,503 1,007,320 9,102,677 89,052
April 82,658,881 1,018,326 9,192,666 90,145
May 86,065,680 1,032,094 9,574,768 91,591
June 86,967,132 1,015,938 10,024,838 92,113
July 90,733,888 1,027,886 10,367,437 92,784
August 94,199,489 1,043,864 11,052,866 94,959
UPDATED WEEKLY - Last updated on 29 Aug 2022, 8:42 am PST, John Hopkins Corona Virus Dashboard and Worldometer
John Hopkins Worldometer
Recovered - Recovered - 581,648,885
POPULATION - is 331,002,651* as of 29 Aug 2022, 8:42 am PST, based on Census U.S. and World Population Clock.
* no updated information at this reporting
Cases in the U.S.
Recovered - Recovered - 91,628,571
1. Nationally the unemployment rate for the month of July 2022 was 3.5%.
2. 528,000 jobs added in July.
3. Average increase in hourly wage was $ 0.15.
Cases in California
Recovered - Recovered - 10,338,748
08/29/2022 Cases (WHO) Deaths (WHO) Recovered (WHO)
** no change
*** no updated information at this reporting
United States progress Updated 29 Aug 2022, 8:42 am PST,
** no updated information at this reporting
MEET THE NEW “TRANSFORMERS “ - ‘CENTAURUS’ AND ‘BAD NED’. Sounds serious, doesn’t it??? Meet ‘Centaurus,’ the new ‘stealth Omicron.’ It was just found in the U.S. and may escape immunity more than any other COVID strain. Thu, July 7, 2022, 11:51 AM. A new Omicron sub-variant on the radar of the World Health Organization, WHO, one some experts say could be the most immune-evasive yet, has been identified in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Fortune. There have been two cases of BA.2.75, dubbed “Centaurus,” detected in the U.S., the first identified June 14. Centaurus recently rose to prominence in India, competing with the BA.5 Omicron sub-variant that is sweeping the globe.
BA.2.75 has been reported in “10 other countries” but not declared a variant of concern, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, WHO's chief scientist said. But some experts are raising potential red flags. Dr. Eric Topol, professor of molecular medicine at Scripps Research and founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, said the new sub-variant’s mutations “could make immune escape worse than what we’re seeing now with BA.5 and BA.4, both known to evade immunity from vaccination and prior infection.
BA.2.75, with the usual Omicron mutations, has nine additional changes, none of which are concerning individually. "But all appearing together at once is another matter. Its ‘apparent rapid growth and wide geographical spread’ are concerning,” Tom Peacock, a virologist at the Department of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College in London said. Centaurus "may just spread for some period of time until it runs into BA.5 and is outcompeted for people to infect indicated. Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security stated that “that it's unclear if Centaurus can ‘take off’ in the face of BA.5 and relative BA.4. “Aside from India, the virus has been detected in Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and the UK.
The ultra-new variant could also mirror another 'stealth Omicron' sub-variant, BA.2.12.1, in that it could take over for a period becoming dominant over BA.2 in May and remaining dominant until BA.4 and BA.5 pushed it back in late June.
BA.4/BA.5 Omicron sub-variants over 4 times more resistant to mRNA vaccines.
In a new study published in the NatureTrusted Source, researchers conducted lab experiments to see how well antibodies from vaccinated individuals can neutralize the new sub-variants. The findings show that, when compared to BA.2, BA.4 and BA.5 are at least 4 times more resistant to antibodies in individuals who received mRNA vaccines.
New research shows immunity against the dominant Omicron sub-variants appears to wane. mRNA vaccines continue to provide very durable B and T cell-based protection against severe outcomes from COVID-19, including hospitalization and death. Some preliminary data shows that natural infection, occurring up to 14 months ago, remains 97% protective against the current Omicron sub-variants. T cell immunity from mRNA vaccines remains protective across all COVID-19 variants.
Sub-variants and mutations. When asked why current dominant Omicron sub-variants are better at evading vaccines, Dr. Clarence Buddy Creech II, MPH, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program at Vanderbilt University, told Medical News Today:
As sub-variants emerge, it is not surprising they are capable of evading immunity. Variants neutralized by our immune system will have a difficult time becoming the dominant strain the vast majority of individuals have been vaccinated or infected with COVID-19.”
How Omicron sub-variants affect hospitalization rates. Different countries have different immune profiles against COVID-19 due to several factors, including:
Varying factors indicate BA.4 and BA.5 affect countries differently. Higher case numbers of BA.4 and BA.5 were linked to a small rise in hospitalizations in South Africa Trusted Source, although a slightly lower death rate than the country’s previous Omicron wave.
Portugal is seeing a more significant effect from BA.4 and BA.5. Although it has a higher vaccination rate than South Africa, it also has an older population. Rates of hospitalization and death are similar to those in the first Omicron wave, although still less than those caused by earlier waves.
BA.4 and BA.5 may lead to increased hospitalizations, particularly among the unvaccinated, the immunosuppressed and those of advanced age. Vaccination is so important, while cases are increasing, there are fewer hospitalizations
The omicron sub-variant now dominating the U.S. is ‘the worst version of the virus that we’ve seen’. Tue, July 5, 2022, 10:23 AM. New immune-evading Omicron sub-variant BA.5 is now dominant in the U.S. and a shadow of its former self, according to federal health data released. BA.5 caused 54% of COVID infections in the U.S. during the first week of July according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. With its twin variant, BA.4, swept South Africa this spring thanks to its ability to evade immunity from both prior infection and vaccination.
The week before, the two variants combined made up half of U.S. cases. The first week of July, BA.5 accomplished the feat without the help of BA.4. BA.2.12.1 dominant until mid-June came in second last week at 27%, BA.4 in third at 16% and BA.2 came in fourth with 3% of cases.
“The Omicron sub-variant BA.5 is the worst version of the virus we’ve seen,” Dr. Eric Topol, a professor of molecular medicine at Scripps Research and founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute. “It takes immune escape, to the next level and enhanced transmissibility well beyond what has been seen before,” he wrote.
The jury is still out on whether current vaccines hold up against BA.5. Vaccines were 15% less effective against Omicron than against the Delta variant, even with a booster. “It would not be surprising to see further decline of protection against hospitalizations and deaths,” Topol wrote.
Alex Sigal, a professor at the Africa Health Research Institute in South Africa, indicated that symptoms of the new sub-variants are similar to typical Omicron symptoms, which include: fever, loss of smell and malaise. Dr. Sigal stated, “I haven’t seen early symptoms of respiratory distress, the major COVID-specific symptom that makes this disease so dangerous, it doesn’t feel nice, but there’s less chance of dying.”
For now, wary U.S. treads water with transformed COVID-19. July 3, 2022, 11:31 AM. The fast-changing coronavirus has kicked off summer in the U.S. with infections but relatively few deaths compared to its prior incarnations. COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of Americans each day, but is not nearly as dangerous as it was last fall and winter.
“It’s going to be a good summer and we deserve this break,” said Ali Mokdad, a professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. With more Americans shielded from severe illness through vaccination and infection, COVID-19 has transformed, into an unpleasant, inconvenient nuisance for many. “It feels cautiously good right now,” said Dr. Dan Kaul, an infectious diseases specialist at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.
In the U.S. the average daily deaths from COVID-19 is approximately 360, while last year it was around 228. There were fewer reported cases this time last year, an undercount, as at-home tests aren’t routinely reported. As many as 8 out of 10 people in the U.S. have been infected at least once.
The death rate for COVID-19 has recently fallen within the range of an average flu season, according to data analyzed by Mara Aspinall, Arizona State University health industry researcher. When vaccinations first became widely available in the U.S last summer, delta surged followed by the arrival of omicron, killing 2,600 Americans a day at their peak last February.
Experts agree a new variant may be capable of escaping the population’s built-up immunity with fast-spreading omicron subtypes BA.4 and BA.5 possibly contributing to change in death numbers. “We thought we understood it until the new sub-variants emerged,” indicated Dr. Peter Hotez, infectious disease specialist at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. It would be wise to assume that a new variant will come along and hit the nation later this summer, then another late fall-winter wave.
New Omicron spawn like ‘Centaurus’ and ‘Bad Ned’ may be the reason you have a weird summer cold or worse! Sat, July 9, 2022, 2:00 AM. Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School stated, “We’ve seen all kinds of variants within the Omicron family. We need to see a substantial rise in the number of cases in many locations to know it’s truly a major variant of concern.”
Some BA.2.75’s mutations are worrisome, and “some we don’t know much about,” stated Dr. Dan Barouch, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research.
‘Bad Ned’ and relatives emerge. “Centaurus” wasn’t the only COVID sub-variant to catch eyeballs, there was also chatter about BA.5.3.1, aka “Bad Ned.” The name is symbolic of its mutation on N:E136D according to Australian data visualist, Mike Honey. Bad Ned, a spin-off of the BA.5 sub-variant, is currently sweeping the globe. In Germany, it’s been on the rise since late May and responsible for 80% of BA.5 cases.
Is Omicron COVID’s ‘sweet spot’? Kuritzkes finds it interesting that every successful variant or sub-variant has been an Omicron spinoff: “stealth Omicron” BA.2 and spinoff BA.2.12.1, BA.4 and BA.5. “We continue to see derivatives of Omicron rather than something completely different emerging,” he said. Delta didn’t come from Beta; Beta didn’t come from Alpha.” “The virus may have finally found an evolutionary niche where this is the best it can do, and it’s modifying, tinkering around the margins to gain slight advantages.”
Researchers point to Omicron’s milder symptoms and predilection for the upper respiratory tract as compared to the original strain, which often settled in the lower lungs, posing greater risk for pneumonia and death.
But if you come down with a weird summer cold or worse, COVID could be to blame. If it’s not BA.5 or Centaurus or Bad Ned, it's likely some other new-fangled Omicron spawn.
Your COVID protection outside isn’t what it was in 2020. Here’s why it’s time to think more critically about outdoor gatherings. Sat, July 9, 2022, 12:02 PM. The outdoors has always been a sanctuary, more so since the advent of the pandemic. In 2020, experts advised, urging cooped-up citizens to turn to Mother Nature as an antidote to the isolation of lockdowns. Events, dining and even entire classrooms were moved outside, when feasible.
But Omicron was a game changer, in more ways than one. Adrian Esterman, professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of South Australia, wrote on academic news website The Conversation, “In order to outcompete, successful COVID variants have become more transmissible:
Greater transmissibility is in any setting - indoors or outdoors, although outside is safer. Outdoors isn't what it was in 2020! For those hosting events:
"The more crowded an outdoors space is, the more it mimic an indoor space in terms of exposure to shared air." For indoor activities outside of home, mask up, even if your trips are brief.
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