COVID-19 hospital admissions have experienced a slight increase in both the United States and the United Kingdom since early July, mirroring patterns observed in the past three summers. The World Health Organization (WHO) has detected a new variant of Covid-19, named EG.5.1 or Eris, which has been associated with a rise in hospitalizations.
Eris, also known as EG.5.1, has been included in the WHO’s monitoring list for SARS-CoV-2 variants and has rapidly gained prevalence in the US and UK. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reported that as of July 20, Eris is the second most common variant responsible for infections in the UK, comprising about 14.55% of cases and displaying a weekly growth rate of 20.51%.
While the prospect of increased hospitalizations during the summer might be worrisome, the current number of patients is significantly lower than in previous instances. Despite the anticipation of an updated vaccine in the coming months, this recent rise in hospital admissions serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic.
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