VIA FOX5NY –
Health officials in New York City issue a warning that the most prevalent Omicron subvariant of COVID-19 may have a higher propensity than earlier variations to infect patients who have received vaccinations.
People who have already had COVID-19 may also be more susceptible to getting it again, according to the experts. Currently, 73% of all sequenced COVID-19 cases in New York City are Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 instances. According to municipal health experts, XBB.1.5 is the COVID-19 strain that is currently most contagious. City health officials continue to urge individuals to be vaccinated and receive the most recent booster shot despite the possibility of contracting the most recent subvariant. According to them, this is the best defense against COVID-19-related hospitalization and fatalities.
Despite the new subvariant, hospitalizations for COVID-19 increased during November and December but have since sharply decreased, according to city health data.
This winter, RSV, flu, and COVID-19 have all been on the rise in New York City.
Stay at home if you are sick, advise health officials. Stay home from work and keep ill kids out of daycare and school.