East Farmingdale, NY- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that the Omicron sub-variant known as BA.5 had become the dominant strain in the United States. BA.5 is now responsible for approximately 50% of all COVID-19 infections in the US and almost 50% of all infections in New York State. Some epidemiologists believe that Ba.5 might contain mutations that allow it to escape protection from both natural immunity as well as coronavirus vaccination. Rochelle Wallensky, Director of the CDC tweeted that “in April, adults 50+ with 2 booster doses were 4x less likely to die from #COVID19 compared to those with 1 booster dose. A 2nd COVID-19 booster in adults 50+ can enhance protection. I encourage you to get your 2nd booster if you’re 50 and older”.
Omicron specific boosters are anticipated for the fall but it’s unclear, who might be eligible to get one and when they would become available. According to data from the New York State Health Department, Long Island currently has the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in the state, with a 7 day average at 9.79%
|Region||Saturday, July 2, 2022||Sunday, July 3, 2022||Monday, July 4, 2022|
|Central New York||5.11%||4.93%||5.13%|
|New York City||8.27%||8.62%||8.97%|
|Western New York||8.16%||8.45%||8.19%|
COVID-19 is airborne and spread through fine particles in the air. In areas of high COVID-19 spread, such as Long Island, experts suggest persons over the age of two wear a high quality (N95) mask indoors to help reduce the risk of infection and reduce the spread of the virus.
Photo: (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)
By Brett Levine