COVID 19: Hospitalizations on the rise in New York City as new COVID strains spread rapidly


Hospitalizations are rising again in New York City with the spread of new COVID-19 subvariants that are better at evading immunity.

State data show about 1,100 patients hospitalized with COVID as of Oct. 24, up from 750 in mid-September.

Case numbers have held steady, although with many people testing at home where data are not being collected, those numbers are not reliable.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than the BA.5 omicron subvariant, accounted for 35.7% of new cases in the New York region in the latest week.

Experts are also concerned about a nationwide surge in RSV, which can cause breathing difficulties in small children and older adults and for which there is currently no vaccine.

There was good news from Pfizer Inc., however, which said Tuesday that data from a late-stage trial of an RSV vaccine had proved effective in preventing severe illness in children up to 6 months old.

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