鈿狅笍Very worried about #BA5 causing #COVID19 hospitalization surges everywhere it goes鈥攂ad it鈥檚 very past-immunity-evasive. Portugal hit 80-90% of its old hospitalization peak recently. UK hospitals strained to the brink now too. Bad trends many in places.馃У HT @jburnmurdoch

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2) based on models, #BA5 and it鈥檚 close cousin #BA4, also past-immunity evasive, is surging so fast, it will likely be 50% of all #SARSCoV2 strains in the Us this week鈥攁nd soon displacing all other past strains. HT @JPWeiland
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3) Why do we need to look at Portugal? It鈥檚 a highly vaccinated country, yet #BA5 has completely overwhelmed it. Vaccines work overall, but if a virus spreads unchecked without OTHER MITIGATIONS, vaccines not enough alone. We need vaccines+ PLUS other mitigations.
馃憠Portugal馃嚨馃嚬.... Again... Despite Portugal 馃嚨馃嚬 is one of the Countries with the highest percentage of vaccinated people, is STILL facing a great number of #COVID deaths! 馃毃The 2nd worst figure worldwide! 鉂孖t's NOT #VaccineONLY 鉁匢t's #VaccineAND ilpandacentrostudio.it/coron鈥
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4) I want folks to understand that vaccines are incredible inventions & have saved MILLIONS of lives. But our old Wuhan-1.0 era vaccines need to be updated. Hospitalizations for #COVID19 in England soaring across all age groups. But Boris does nothing鈥攏eed vaccines+PLUS.
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5) why are some countries just only starting to see #COVID19 hospitalizations climb? Well #Ba5 & #BA4 have only just begun to arrive in various countries. Look at the central EU countries like France, Italy, Germany鈥 #Ba5 is only on the upswing recently鈥 it has room to surge.
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As ever, it鈥檚 instructive to look beneath the surface of the aggregate numbers to see what鈥檚 really happening. What appear to be declining overall numbers in Spain, or a slowing of growth in the US, are actually just the BA.5 rise 馃搱 being partially masked by the BA.2 decline 馃搲
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6) 鈥渢he new wave is starting鈥. And #BA5 and #BA4 are closer to old Alpha and Delta that infect the lungs more, leading to more serious respiratory illnesses. independent.co.uk/news/healt鈥
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7) Warning鈥 do no rely on past infections to protect you from more severe #COVID19. New research shows that REINFECTIONS can be often times worse and have increased risks for hospitalization and deaths and #longCOVID. Don鈥檛 mess around with COVID.
Extremely important paper on: Outcomes of Covid Reinfection Compared to those with first infection, reinfection led to increased risk at 6 months of: mortality by 2.38%, hospitalization 9.5% and post covid medical events 19.6%. 1/ researchsquare.com/article/r鈥
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8) to be absolutely clear鈥攙accines averted 14 million #COVID19 deaths to 20 million excess deaths during the pandemic. Don鈥檛 spin anything anti-vaccine please. Vaccines save lives. But now we need updates vaccines to save more lives against #BA4 & #BA5. thelancet.com/journals/lanin鈥
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9) Hospitalizations for #COVID19 worsening even further in England 馃彺鬆仹鬆仮鬆仴鬆伄鬆仹鬆伩鈥 among not just elderly but young adults and children too. Worse yet is that 馃嚞馃嚙 is no longer doing mitigations and no longer offering free testing to stop and slow transmission. This will get worse.
Weekly #COVID19 hospital admissions in England 馃毃 7,577 in the last 7 days鈥硷笍 鈿狅笍The worst figure of last 9 weeks鈥硷笍 鈿狅笍+39.4% than last week
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10) The deep concerns about #BA5 & Ba4 are shared by many experts & supported by many studies that show much lower levels of protection from past infections to BA4/5. In some ways, it鈥檚 more evasive than old Omicron & likely more severe than BA1 Omicron. cnn.com/2022/06/22/health/ba鈥
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11) Let鈥檚 not forget the #COVID19 risk to kids. Besides record pediatric hospitalizations recently, #LongCovid in kids is found in 1 in 4 infections!
馃啎 #LongCovid in children and adolescents 馃憠"The presence of one or more symptoms following a #SARSCoV2 infection was 25.24%"
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12) if you care about kids, you would protect them from #COVID19 hospitalizations that are again strongly rising nationwide and worldwide.
I don鈥檛 know if anyone cares about kids鈥攂ut #COVID19 hospitalization in kids have been steadily increasing for 2.5 months鈥 now matching hospitalization last seen in February. Adult hospitalization rising too. #BA5/4 is behind the latest surge. #CovidIsNotOver HT @DrWilliamKu
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