Georgia is seeing more COVID hospitalizations after holiday surge

Georgia is seeing more COVID hospitalizations after holiday surge

Older people and those with weakened immune systems are most vulnerable to severe illness and complications from the coronavirus. In Georgia, 70% of new COVID-19 hospitalizations during the week ending December 30 were in people 60 and older.

The latest version of the Corona virus: The coronavirus is constantly changing and a new variant is spreading rapidly across the country. The variant, known as JN.1, is a descendant of Omicron. It now accounts for 86% of coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the latest monitoring from the Centers for Disease Control. They make up about the same share in the eight-state Southeastern region that includes Georgia.

According to the CDC, the continued growth of the JN.1 gene suggests that the variant is either more transmissible or better at evading our immune systems. However, there is no evidence that JN.1 causes more severe disease. Early laboratory data suggest that updated vaccines are still effective against it and continue to provide protection against serious disease. The CDC also said it expects the antiviral drug baxlovid to continue to be effective against this variant.

In this file photo, pharmacist Ira Katz poses for a photo with Baxlovid.  Christina Matakota for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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Influenza and other respiratory diseases: Flu activity in Georgia remains high but shows signs of slowing after a post-holiday surge, according to the latest numbers from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Georgia remains at a “very high” level of flu activity along with dozens of other states, according to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of illnesses is down after a steady rise since late last year, which could mean flu season has peaked, according to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health. Although it’s an encouraging sign, doctors say it’s too early to know whether the busy season will continue to decline or accelerate again.

Georgia’s latest flu report for the week ending Jan. 13 estimates that the percentage of people going to the doctor because of flu-like symptoms fell to 7%, down from 8.2% during the previous week. This represents a sharp decline from the week ending December 29 when 11.1% of people went to the doctor with flu-like symptoms.

Data from doctor visits is based on the number of people who go to the doctor for symptoms such as fever, cough, or sore throat. This can include people with any of the circulating viruses: influenza, coronavirus, or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The common cold and bacterial infections known as Sore throat, according to local doctors.

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