New Variant Spreading Across Metro Detroit

The rumors are true.

COVID-19 cases across the United States are beginning to gain steam as the country is about to see 1 million total COVID-19-related deaths since the pandemic started two years ago.

WXYZ reported that this news takes place as the White House cautions of another upcoming surge later on this year, which could result in 100 million new infections.

“It was like I had the flu, pneumonia, bronchitis all at once,” said Dave Fital of Shelby Towship in the article, who recently faced COVID-19. “I’m 54 years old and it was the sickest I’ve ever been in my life.”

Fital is one of the growing number of metro Detroiters to have been diagnosed with COVID-19. He’s been fully

According to hospitalization data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during last week, all metro Detroit counties moved from low risk to medium risk. A new omicron subvariant, BA.2.12.1, is partially causing the uptick around the nation, responsible for roughly 30% of all new cases.

“This virus just mutates super, super quickly. We don’t have any other virus that changes this quick,” said Dr. Dennis Cunningham, director of Infection Control and Prevention at Henry Ford Health in the article. “Influenza, which is a typical the virus we think about, changes year to year. This one is changing almost every few months.”

Cunningham added that Henry Ford Health System COVID-19 admissions are also up over 30% to 40% this week while other area hospitals are noticing increases.

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