New England Sees Rapid Rise in Immune-Evading COVID Variants BQ.1, BQ.1.1

As various strains of Omicron have started popping up all over the US, New England has specifically seen a jump in BQ.1 and BQ.1.1: “New England has seen a rapid rise in the frequency of new immune-evading COVID-19 variants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1, with the rate of cases nearly doubling in the past week alone. According to the latest… Continue reading New England Sees Rapid Rise in Immune-Evading COVID Variants BQ.1, BQ.1.1

A ‘Tripledemic’? Flu and Other Infections Return as COVID-19 Cases Rise.

As we’ve battled a major life-changing virus for close to 3 years now, this next wave intermixed with Influenza and RSV has some experts using the term “Tripledemic”: “For more than two years, shuttered schools and offices, social distancing and masks granted Americans a reprieve from flu and most other respiratory infections. This winter is… Continue reading A ‘Tripledemic’? Flu and Other Infections Return as COVID-19 Cases Rise.

Omicron subvariants reflect a ‘viral evolution on steroids’

Each day we move closer to the next wave of COVID, here’s the latest about the new variants and what to expect this coming season: “An omicron subvariant is once again demonstrating immune-dodging abilities, posing a threat to both vaccinated and previously infected individuals. A report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that… Continue reading Omicron subvariants reflect a ‘viral evolution on steroids’

The XBB family of Omicron has landed in the U.S. Here’s what it means for this fall’s COVID wave

Here’s what we know about the latest omicron variant’s emergence in the United States: “XBB—a new, extremely immune-evasive Omicron variant surging in Singapore—hasn’t yet been detected in the U.S. But its child has. XBB.1 was first detected in the U.S. on Sept. 15 and made up 0.26% of cases that were genetically sequenced over the… Continue reading The XBB family of Omicron has landed in the U.S. Here’s what it means for this fall’s COVID wave

New Omicron Strain Demonstrates “Dramatic” Resistance To Antibody Immunity

When the coronavirus pandemic first struck, opinions of how to combat it typically involved some form of mass “natural immunity” or vaccination. New variants unfortunately seem to have mutations that help it evade both, which is becoming cause for concern: “An emerging Omicron subvariant has raised concerns about a surge of COVID-19 cases this winter, after it… Continue reading New Omicron Strain Demonstrates “Dramatic” Resistance To Antibody Immunity

The Nightmare COVID Variant That Beats Our Immunity Is Finally Here

Unfortunately, scientists and virologists have expected this date to come for some time. New subvariatns of Omicron have concerning new mutations: “A new subvariant of the novel-coronavirus called XBB dramatically announced itself earlier this week, in Singapore. New COVID-19 cases more than doubled in a day, from 4,700 on Monday to 11,700 on Tuesday—and XBB is almost certainly… Continue reading The Nightmare COVID Variant That Beats Our Immunity Is Finally Here

The next U.S. COVID wave is coming. Why it will be ‘much weirder than before.’

As COVID has continued to mutate, various mutations are causing outbreaks in different parts of the world, this, among other complicating factors may bring us into a strange season for our health: “In recent weeks, COVID trackers have suddenly been subjected to a dizzying barrage of BA.4.6s and BF.7s and BA.2.75.2s and BQ.1.1s. There’s even… Continue reading The next U.S. COVID wave is coming. Why it will be ‘much weirder than before.’

As Omicron mutates wildly the virus shows first signs of convergent evolution

Convergent evolution is defined by the following, “In evolutionary biology, convergent evolution is the process whereby organisms not closely related (not monophyletic), independently evolve similar traits as a result of having to adapt to similar environments or ecological niches.” Interesting changes in virus that causes COVID-19 are starting to make it act in different ways… Continue reading As Omicron mutates wildly the virus shows first signs of convergent evolution

Sore throat becoming most common COVID-19 symptom

New Data is indicating that sore throat may be the most common symptom of COVID-19 infection. “A sore throat is starting to beat out fever and less of smell as the most common symptom of COVID-19, according to recent data from the U.K.  The U.K.’s ZOE Health Study collects COVID-19 data through an app people use to… Continue reading Sore throat becoming most common COVID-19 symptom

Autumn COVID variants look shockingly similar and powerful for these 2 reasons

As the world went through the Delta and Omicron variants of COVID-19, speculation and worry was always in the back of scientists and the public’s minds about the possible merging of the two. Fortunately in the past, “Deltacron” never quite took off, but this fate may be on our horizon now: “A researcher in Cyprus… Continue reading Autumn COVID variants look shockingly similar and powerful for these 2 reasons