It all took two months.
As of mid-March, Omicron BA.2.12.1 and Sister Subveriant BA.2.12.2 made up only 1.5% of the new-sequential positive test on US Today, comprising 57.9% of all new positive covid test samples sequenced to determine. Variant involved. And that’s roughly 58% probably all BA.2.12.1.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released data this month showing that BA.2.12.1 is considered 30% more contagious than BA.2.
With BA.2.12.1 it was hoped that it would be less viral and keep fewer people in the hospital. Since it has gained a foothold across the United States, the number of hospital admissions has not increased, even the case has skyrocketed. Unfortunately, and probably because BA.2.12.1 a small percentage of patients need medical care, the sheer number seems to have led to more hospitalizations.
According to the CDC, the current 7-day average number of new patients admitted to the virus is 3,531. That’s% 15 more than last week’s 7-day average
The good news is that the growth rate of new cases may slow down. According to CDC data, the 7-day daily average number of new cases increased by about 10% last week. One week ago, the average increase in that same daily case was 23%. Although regional contributing factors make the water a bit muddy.
New variants have grown the fastest and have long been influential in the state of New York, where the current BA.2.12.1 is 78%. The region has seen a decline in the number of positive cases since the 17-day average peaked at 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants from May 17 to 45.4 yesterday. It is still high, but the trend is downward. The number of hospital admissions in the state continues to rise, albeit more slowly.
But BA.2.12.1 is still spreading across the United States, and the nation’s most populous state is now seeing it become dominant, meaning it still has room to grow and operate. Today’s data from the CDC indicates that the more contagious variant now reaches parity near BA.2 in the three-nation region consisting of California, Arizona and Nevada. As a result, lawsuits are still rampant in California.
One week ago, CDC data put the 7-day average new, daily case number at around 8,600 in Golden State. Seven days later, they stood at 14,700, an increase of about 50% on a number that was built to smooth out data reporting fluctuations.
The 14-day average of hospital admissions in the state has increased by about 25% in the same period from just 1,200 to just over 1,500 today.