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New COVID variants, CDC Tracker sees signs of change – NBC Chicago

Chicago’s top doctor noted what could be the start of a shift in COVID variants as we approach fall and winter, but how worrisome is that?

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Chicago’s top doctor points to signs of change in COVID variants as fall approaches

Chicago’s top doctor pointed to what could be the start of a shift in COVID variants circulating in the United States and the Midwest this week.

“We’re starting to see a bit of a change here,” Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said during a Facebook Live on Tuesday, specifically highlighting the changes in BA.2.75 and a new variant BF.7.

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Here are the COVID-19 variants tracked by the CDC, including the new BF.7

A new COVID-19 variant rising in number as the BA.5 omicron subvariant begins to decline is one of several variants currently being tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as it approaches fall and winter, as experts watch for a mutation that could cause yet another outbreak of the pandemic.

While the omicron BA.5 subvariant has been the dominant strain of COVID in the United States for several months, there are at least four other subvariants that are beginning to gain traction in recent weeks.

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How soon after having COVID can you get the new COVID vaccine booster shots?

If you recently had COVID-19, when is the best time to receive the new omicron-specific reminder?

According to federal officials, there are no restrictions on getting the recall around a recent COVID infection. Anyone who has received a primary COVID vaccine is eligible two months from their last dose of the original vaccines or previous boosters.

But Chicago’s top doctor, who recently recovered from COVID, said while there’s no obligation to wait, some people might consider postponing their last dose if they were recently infected.

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Is the COVID pandemic “over”, as Biden puts it? Chicago experts weigh in

After hitting the headlines with comments that the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is over, President Joe Biden is being taken to task by doctors who say such language could paint too rosy a picture of the situation as the fall and winter months approach.

“The pandemic is over,” Biden said during an appearance on “60 Minutes” over the weekend. “We still have a problem with COVID, and we’re still working on it a lot, but the pandemic is over.”

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Do booster shots of the Omicron COVID vaccine protect against infection? Top Doc explains

With the arrival of the long-awaited COVID-19 booster shots intended to target the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants, many may be curious to know how effective the new vaccines are.

How well will the new bivalent COVID booster shots protect against infection from the new variants and mutations, including the now-dominant omicron subvariant BA.5?

While health officials have said vaccines continue to show effective protection, especially when it comes to severe consequences from the virus, experts hope new vaccines could go even further.

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New COVID variants gain traction as BA.5 cases slow, CDC says

While the omicron BA.5 subvariant has been the dominant strain of COVID in the United States for several months, there are at least four other subvariants that are beginning to gain traction in recent weeks.

According to the latest estimates released by the CDC on Tuesday, the BA.5 subvariant is still responsible for 84.8% of COVID cases in the United States.

This subvariant, which has been the dominant strain of COVID in the United States since early July, peaked at nearly 90% of cases at one point, but slowly began to decline as at least four other types of omicron are beginning to circulate in the population.

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Not sure if your symptoms are long COVID or something else? Here’s what you need to know

As respiratory infections rise, cold and flu season begins, allergy season lingers, and the BA.5 omicron subvariant continues to dominate, it can be difficult to differentiate exactly what is behind it. your COVID symptoms – especially since some linger longer than others.

The Chicago area has reported a sharp increase in childhood hospitalizations in recent weeks due to various respiratory infections. Meanwhile, nearly two dozen Illinois counties remain community-high for COVID, and allergy season continues to take its toll.

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What to expect with possible side effects from the bivalent COVID vaccine booster shots

With the arrival of the long-awaited COVID-19 booster shots intended to target the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants, many may be curious about its possible side effects as they prepare for another vaccination.

It turns out that new reminders may not be much different from your last dose.

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Coronavirus in Illinois: nearly 18,000 new cases, 74 deaths reported last week

Illinois health officials reported 17,584 new cases of COVID-19 over the past week, along with 74 additional deaths, marking a decrease in cases from the previous week as 20 counties across the country state remain at a “high” community level for COVID-19.

The previous week, Illinois reported 19,933 new cases and 64 deaths. The previous week, 26,127 new cases and 70 deaths had been reported.

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Illinois reports highest number of vaccines in months following high demand for new COVID booster shots

More than 188,000 Illinois residents have received a dose of the recently updated bivalent COVID-19 booster shots, which health officials say will likely be key to curbing an anticipated coronavirus surge in the coming months. .

The modified boosters, which contain half of the original COVID-19 vaccine recipe and half of the protection against new omicron subvariants, were cleared by federal health regulators in early September and began rolling out. delivered a few days later.

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Governor Pritzker Announces Change to COVID-19 Requirements in Illinois

The administration of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced a change to the state’s COVID mitigation strategies on Thursday.

Among the new guidelines was an update to testing requirements for school and daycare employees. Unvaccinated employees in these settings will no longer be required to test themselves twice a week.

The change takes effect Friday, according to the governor’s office.

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Will COVID symptoms move into fall and winter? What experts say to expect

As the symptoms of COVID have changed since the start of the pandemic, many are wondering what to expect next as the variant is expected to continue mutating into the fall and winter. What are the experts looking for?

As the pandemic enters its third winter, Chicago health experts noted on Tuesday that new variants can bring about changes in symptoms — in fact, they already have.

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What respiratory illnesses are driving the recent increase in childhood hospitalizations in the Chicago area?

A recent spike in childhood hospitalizations for respiratory illnesses in the Chicago area has caught the attention of health experts, with colder weather likely to make respiratory illnesses even more prevalent.

As COVID-19 remains a health concern, other common respiratory viruses that often show up in cold symptoms are causing a flare-up that occurs much earlier than a typical peak of illnesses occurs each year that coincides with colder weather.

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What are the possible side effects of Omicron specific COVID-19 booster shots?

With the arrival of the long-awaited COVID-19 booster shots intended to target the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants, many may be curious about its possible side effects.

Well, the new boosters may not be as different from what previous versions of vaccines entailed in terms of side effects.

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Respiratory diseases leading to an early increase in childhood hospitalizations. Here’s what you need to know

Fall and winter are typically when respiratory illnesses spike, but a recent spike in childhood hospitalizations in the Chicago area has some health officials concerned.

Fall and winter are typically when respiratory illnesses spike, but a recent spike in childhood hospitalizations in the Chicago area has some health officials concerned.

“Right now we’re seeing a lot of RSV, we’re seeing other respiratory viruses, you know, a lot of children are currently largely hospitalized with certain respiratory viruses – more traditional viruses,” the commissioner of the department of health said. Chicago Public Health, Dr. Allison Arwady said during a Facebook Live on Tuesday.

Health experts across the region are reporting an increase in hospitalizations due to respiratory illnesses among children. And some say the COVID pandemic could impact that surge.

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Are you still contagious with COVID after 5 days? Here’s what we know

As the incubation period for COVID changes, what does this mean for isolation time and how long are you infectious?

During a Facebook Live last month, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady reported that recent studies have shown the incubation period for COVID has dropped to three days with variants recent.

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How long are you contagious with COVID? The incubation period has changed, according to Top Doc

COVID’s incubation period has changed with the extra-contagious BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants, Chicago’s top doctor says, but what does that mean for how long you’re contagious? ?

During a Facebook Live last month, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady reported that recent studies have shown the incubation period for COVID has dropped to three days with variants recent.

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Can you mix and match your COVID booster dose?

For those considering getting the COVID shot, will they have to get the same vaccine as their primary series or can they mix and match?

The answer depends.

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If you have already had a booster shot, can you get the new COVID vaccine?

New COVID vaccines designed to specifically target the omicron variant and its highly contagious subvariants raise many questions, including some of those wondering if they can still get the updated booster even if they already had a vaccine. reminder?

The answer is yes, provided your last booster dose was at least two months ago.

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