The new JN.1 variant of COVID-19 was responsible for the majority of new coronavirus infections in the United States over the past two weeks, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
JN.1, which is an omicron subvariant, is the fastest growing strain in the United States. It has increased from about 3% of COVID-19 cases in November to nearly 62% in recent weeks, according to the CDC. estimates.
The agency says it is monitoring JN.1, which is a close relative of BA.2.86, or “pirola.” He evaluate that “at present, there is no evidence that JN.1 poses an increased risk to public health compared to other variants currently in circulation.”
Still, COVID-19 activity is high and increasing in many areas. New hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 are reaching numbers not seen since last winter.
Nearly 34,800 new COVID-19 hospitalizations recorded last week, CDC says data.
“Emergency room visits for COVID-19 are highest among infants and older adults, but they are also high among young children,” the CDC said in a statement. update published Friday.
Wastewater monitoring data shows that COVID-19 viral levels in the United States are “very high.”
“Despite high levels of infection measured using wastewater viral activity data and test positivity, at present, COVID-19 infections cause severe illness less frequently than in beginning of the pandemic,” the CDC said in its update.
Still, COVID-19 deaths are rising, reaching more than 1,600 for the week ending Dec. 9, according to a provisional figure. data.
Public health experts are encouraging Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent serious illness. However, adoption has been low.