April 15, 2024

There’s excellent news and dangerous information with flu and COVID-19 circumstances throughout the nation: Flu is trending down and COVID numbers are blended, with COVID’s JN.1 variant considered extra extreme and rising.

On the finish of December, the JN.1 variant, a mutated pressure of the omicron variant, made up about 40% of COVID circumstances, and the numbers have been rising. The CDC’s newest projections present that proportion has doubled in a couple of month. Now an estimated 86% of circumstances are from JN.1 — additionally known as “Juno.”

Analysis exhibits Juno’s mutations make it simpler to bypass the immunity we might have already got — plus it might probably infect cells within the decrease a part of the lungs linked to pneumonias.

“The signs of pneumonia are usually going to be excessive fever, extreme cough, shortness of breath after which even life-threatening issues like low blood oxygen, low blood stress and threat for having a secondary an infection or a bacterial pneumonia that may happen on high of that viral pneumonia,” mentioned Dr. Ben Singer, pulmonologist at Northwestern Medication.

Clinicians additionally say they’ve seen this pressure inflicting extra diarrhea. 

CDC’s newest COVID knowledge exhibits circumstances are down 1% – these are optimistic checks reported to the CDC. Wastewater ranges present a lot of the nation nonetheless has very excessive unfold. It is the worst within the South.

Hospitalizations are down greater than 9% from the week earlier than. The very best exercise in common and ICU beds is within the Midwest and Northeast. Deaths are up 10% from the week earlier than.

As for the flu, the CDC says it is nonetheless spreading at higher-than-normal ranges — however total circumstances and hospitalizations for flu have been trending downward.

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