- COVID-19 metrics suggest continued growth in Virginia. ED diagnoses, wastewater levels, and hospitalizations are all up. Flu hospitalizations are also up in Virginia. CDC forecasts suggest hospitalizations for flu will continue to grow, while COVID-19 hospitalizations level off.
- The CDC expects this year’s respiratory illness season will be similar to last year’s. Hospital burden will depend on the timing of the RSV, flu, and COVID-19 peaks. Though local surges are possible, the CDC does not anticipate a major national surge like the Omicron Wave of 2021.
- The JN.1 (BA.2.86) subvariant is continuing to grow in the U.S.
- It is not too late to get a flu vaccine or the 2023-24 COVID-19 vaccine.
- New reports from COP28 outline the danger that climate change poses to human health if left unabated.
- China and Europe continue to report new cases of pneumonia caused by the pathogen Mycoplasma pneumoniae.
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