Title: New COVID Subvariant EG.5 Emerges as Dominant Strain in the US, Health Experts Concerned
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In a recent announcement, Dr. Elaine Perry, the Health Director of the Richmond and Henrico Health Districts, has issued a warning about a new subvariant of the COVID-19 virus known as EG.5 or Eris. This variant is rapidly spreading across the United States and other parts of the world, and health experts predict it will soon become the dominant strain in the country.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), EG.5 is increasingly being detected among individuals tested for COVID-19 variants. In fact, approximately 1 in 5 test results are now showing positive for this particular subvariant. EG.5 has already become the primary cause of COVID-19 infections in the US and Central Virginia.
Despite its increasing prevalence, Dr. Perry reassures the public that there is currently no evidence to suggest that EG.5 causes more severe disease, increased hospitalization rates, or additional deaths compared to other variants. However, she warns that cases could be underreported, as emergency room and urgent care visit numbers have been on the rise.
In light of the upcoming new school year, Dr. Perry emphasizes the critical importance of ensuring students are up to date on their school-required vaccinations, as well as receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The emergence of this new subvariant highlights the need for maximum protection against the virus as students return to classrooms.
To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, Dr. Perry encourages the public to continue practicing well-known preventive measures such as frequent handwashing and mask-wearing, especially for individuals at a higher risk. These precautions remain crucial in slowing down the spread of the virus, including its variants.
With the fall season approaching, health officials are also preparing an updated booster vaccine that will provide protection against EG.5 and other new strains. This booster vaccine aims to enhance immunity and offer improved defense against emerging COVID-19 variants.
As the EG.5 subvariant rapidly gains ground, health authorities urge the public to remain vigilant and stay informed about the evolving situation. By adhering to recommended precautions and keeping up with vaccinations, individuals can contribute to curbing the spread of the virus and protecting their communities against emerging strains.
Source: White Houser