Between 60 to 75 percent of new COVID-19 diagnoses are now said to be attributed the BA.5 variant. Health officials have advised anyone who has not had a second booster to do so now, with fears that existing immunity could be waning. Researchers have branded BA.5 the worst variation yet, one that has increased the risk of reinfection, and in some reported cases, as early as four weeks after having COVID. Several cities and counties are considering a return to indoor mask mandates as cases continue to rise. Los Angeles County has announced it is planning to reinstate its indoor mask mandate on July 29, 2022.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The US is reporting close to 3,000 probable or confirmed monkeypox cases in 44 states, DC and Puerto Rico. The monkeypox virus can spread through contact with body fluids, sores, clothing, or bedding containing the virus. According to the CDC, it can also spread through respiratory droplets, with persons in close settings.
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