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As the holidays are fast approaching, the BA. Variant 5 may soon lose its place as the dominant strain as newer variants gain momentum.

What does this mean for upcoming gatherings and what do you need to know?

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today.

A pair of BA.5 offspring prepare to overtake it as the nation’s dominant COVID variant

In the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19 variants, two descendants of the BA.5 strain could potentially overtake it as the dominant version of the virus circulating in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Nowcast,” released on Friday, the BQ.1.1 subvariant is now responsible for 24.1% of COVID cases in the United States, while the BQ.1 subvariant is responsible for 20.1% of cases.

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What to know about quarantine, isolation and testing for COVID before the holidays

With concerns of a “triple outbreak” on the rise ahead of the holiday season and several Chicago-area counties under heightened COVID alert levels, what do you need to know if you test positive for COVID or enter in contact with someone who has been?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released changes to their COVID guidelines over the summer, changing recommendations for quarantine, social distancing and even testing.

Since then, bivalent COVID booster shots have been given, but an increase in RSV and influenza, coupled with continued COVID cases, has left some worried.

Here’s what you need to know.

Moderna Announces New Data on the Efficacy of the Bivalent COVID Booster

Moderna revealed on Monday that its latest trial data showed its bivalent COVID booster shots “elicited a superior neutralizing antibody response against Omicron BA.4/BA.5 variants” compared to its original vaccine and to his booster shots.

“We are pleased to see that our two bivalent booster vaccine candidates provide superior protection against Omicron BA.4/BA.5 variants compared to our original booster, which is encouraging given that COVID- 19 remains one of the leading causes of hospitalization and death worldwide. Additionally, the superior response against Omicron persisted for at least three months following the recall of mRNA-1273.214,” Stephane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, said in a statement.

Bancel also noted that the data seemed to indicate that bivalent injections showed protection against the new BQ.1.1 subvariant currently on the rise in the United States.

“Our bivalent boosters also show, in research tests, neutralizing activity against BQ.1.1, an increasingly dominant emerging variant, confirming that updated vaccines have the potential to offer protection as the virus continues. to evolve quickly to escape our immunity,” Bancel said.

Doctors urge vaccinations as respiratory viruses circulate ahead of holiday season

Chicago-area health officials are urging people to get vaccinated ahead of colder weather, especially with rising RSV and flu cases.

“This ‘tripledemic’…what we’re calling right now involves three viruses,” explained Dr. Geraldine Luna, medical director of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Respiratory viruses such as influenza, RSV and COVID-19 are “spreading rapidly” in Illinois, the state’s public health department said earlier this week.

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Dreaded ‘tripledemic’ as RSV and flu cases rise, community levels of COVID rise in Chicago area

With winter approaching and Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, doctors are warning that the United States could potentially face what is being called a “triple epidemic” – an increase in three respiratory diseases.

“When we say ‘tripledemic,’ we mean we’re seeing high cases of RSV, high cases of influenza, and we expect to see high cases of COVID as well,” Dr. Kevin Smith explained.

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Cook County, Chicago now under “medium” COVID alert level. What you should know

Chicago and Cook County are among several places in the Chicago area currently under a high COVID alert level.

“We are already seeing an upsurge in influenza in the southern United States, COVID is back on the rise as we return locally to an average level of COVID, and children’s hospitals in Chicago are already overflowing with critically ill children. from other respiratory viruses, such as RSV,” CDPH Commissioner Dr Allison Arwady said in a statement. “Families will be traveling and congregating indoors for the holidays, and I am concerned about this increased circulation of COVID-19 and influenza, and in particular the possibility of serious consequences for those who are not vaccinated or which are not up to date.

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6 counties in the Chicago area under a high COVID alert level. Here’s what that means

Six counties in the Chicago area are now under a high COVID alert level, with new mask recommendations taking effect.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Will and Grundy counties are now all below the “average community level” for COVID.

Here’s what that means for you.

IDPH warns respiratory viruses are ‘spreading fast’ ahead of holidays

Illinois health officials warn respiratory viruses are ‘spreading rapidly’ as the holidays approach, with RSV, influenza and COVID-19 continuing to spread as days get shorter and temperatures rise cool down.

“The United States is currently facing its highest rate of influenza hospitalizations in a decade, with young children and the elderly being most at risk,” said IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra. , in a press release. “Vaccines remain our best tools to prevent the worst outcomes of COVID-19 and influenza. I strongly recommend anyone who has not achieved full protection against COVID-19 and influenza to get vaccinated immediately. The novel COVID-19 bivalent booster and influenza vaccine targets current strains of these viruses.

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COVID-19 cases plummet in Illinois as more than 1.5 million bivalent boosters administered statewide

Illinois health officials have reported 11,020 new cases of COVID-19 since Nov. 4, along with 38 additional deaths in the past six days.

Cases and deaths have seen a notable drop over the previous week, which saw 14,225 new cases of COVID-19 and 54 additional deaths from the virus.

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