XBB.1.5 Dominance, testing travelers from China – NBC Chicago

The new COVID XBB.1.5 variant is now dominant in the United States and continues to grow in number.

Chicago’s top doctor said the variant is highly contagious and the city is monitoring its spread.

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

US now requires people traveling from China to take COVID-19 test: CDC

The United States last week announced new COVID-19 testing requirements for all travelers from China, joining other countries imposing restrictions due to a surge in infections. These measures came into force on Thursday.

The rise in cases across China follows the rollback of the country’s strict virus checks. China’s “zero COVID” policies had kept the country’s infection rate low, but stoked public frustration and crushed economic growth.

The new US requirements, which began Jan. 5, apply to travelers regardless of nationality and vaccination status.

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The new COVID XBB 1.5 variant is rapidly ramping up. Here’s why it matters

The new, highly contagious XBB.1.5 COVID variant is already the dominant variant in the United States, with numbers more than doubling every week over the past month.

Tracking figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that as of Saturday, the XBB.1.5 variant now accounts for more than 40% of cases in the United States four weeks ago, that number was just 3.7 %.

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Are the symptoms changing with the increase in the new COVID variant? Here’s what Chicago’s top doctor said

The Covid omicron XBB.1.5 variant has nearly doubled in prevalence over the past week and now accounts for about 41% of new cases in the United States, according to CDC data.

As a new, more contagious COVID-19 variant is rapidly gaining prevalence locally and nationally, many are wondering if the XBB.1.5 strain is showing new symptoms than previous strains of the virus.

While the variant still exhibits symptoms that have been noted to be consistent with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, Arwady noted that flu-like symptoms are not as prevalent with XBB.1.5, especially for those who are vaccinated and boosted.

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New COVID XBB.1.5 variant: what it is, symptoms and what you need to know

The COVID omicron XBB.1.5 variant is rapidly becoming dominant in the United States because it is highly immune evasive and appears to be more efficient at binding to cells than related subvariants, scientists say.

A new COVID variant, marking a fusion between two recent strains even more contagious than its predecessors, is starting to take hold in the United States, but what exactly is it, how serious is it and what are the symptoms? ?

Here’s a look at what we know so far and what the experts are saying.

Switch from COVID? Childcare disruptions continue

For working parents with young children, it seems like the rest of the world is over from the pandemic. But endless illnesses and interruptions in child care have upended the lives of many families.

Vaccines for young children and the end of quarantines for exposure to COVID were supposed to bring relief. Instead, young families were treated to what some have called a “triple epidemic.” Cases of influenza, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus have collided, stressing children’s hospitals and threatening the childcare system. And doctors and parents fear the disruptive illnesses will continue this winter.

Even parents of babies with milder cases of COVID-19 have come up against 10-day isolation rules that have tested the patience of employers.

Influenza and RSV are down but COVID-related hospitalizations are on the rise

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are increasing in the United States, even as hospitalizations for respiratory syncytial virus and influenza continue to decline.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that although the flu is still spreading at high levels, virus activity is declining in “most areas.” For the week ending December 24, about 18,800 people were hospitalized with the flu, compared to about 20,700 hospitalizations the previous week.

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54 Illinois counties at high COVID-19 community level as cases drop

As holiday celebrations wind down across the state and nation, COVID-19 cases in Illinois have dropped significantly since last week’s reports according to the CDC, though a drop in testing during the holidays could have played a role.

All counties in the Chicago area are at a “medium” COVID-19 community level, with DuPage, Kendall and DeKalb counties moving from “high” to “medium” in the past seven days.

CDC data shows that 54 of Illinois’ 102 counties are currently at a “high” or “medium” community level, up from 88 counties at a high level last week.

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Here’s where the COVID rules for visitors from China change

Some countries announced new COVID testing requirements for visitors from China after the mainland announced it would finally relax border controls.

Japan was the first country to subsequently publish rule changes, followed by the United States and others. COVID-19 infections have increased this month in mainland China, but public data is limited.

Here are some of the latest policy changes for travelers from China.

US records 100 million COVID cases, but more than 200 million Americans have likely had it

The United States has had more than 100 million officially diagnosed and reported COVID-19 cases this week, but the number of Americans who have actually had the virus since the pandemic began is likely more than double..

COVID-19 has easily infected over 200 million people in the United States alone since the pandemic began – some people more than once. The virus continues to evolve into more transmissible variants that evade immunity from vaccination and previous infections, making transmission incredibly difficult to control as we enter the fourth year of the pandemic.

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What are the best masks to wear for COVID-19, other respiratory illnesses?

The simultaneous threat of COVID-19, RSV and influenza continues to circulate, prompting health agencies to recommend people once against starting what was once a mainstay at the height of the pandemic: masking.

Although face coverings are not currently recommended in the entire Chicago area, masks are advised in some parts following a slight increase in COVID-19 measures.

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What are “Never-Coviders”?

Not to be confused with people who have not yet caught COVID-19, researchers believe that the part of the population that is naturally immune to the virus (never coviders) will never get sick.

Not to be confused with people who have not yet caught COVID-19, researchers believe that the part of the population that is naturally immune to the virus (never coviders) will never get sick.

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You can get free COVID tests from the government. here’s how

Once again, US residents can get free COVID tests delivered directly to their homes.

The Biden administration announced on December 15 that it was offering households four rapid virus tests through covidtests.gov, so how can you get yours?

Learn more here.

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