Nope. Ba4/Ba5 are now being outcompeted by BQ1 and BQ1.1 which accounts for more than half the current infenctions. Infections are on the rise again due to this. Went from about 3000 hospitalization per day and now at 4800 per day. So not crazy numbers (previous Alpha, Delta, Omicron spikes were 15,000+, 13,000+, and 20,000+ respectively). And from the data, the BQ1 appears to be no more virulent than the BA5 variant. In fact the weekly death total are still slightly decreasing.Hey Cletus,
I don't come to this thread nearly as often as my daily "must read" from a year ago. What's the latest on what variant we are dealing with? Still the same one from 6-9 months ago. If there is a new one do we have data on more or less serious than the last one?
But you still see articles now titled the TRIPLEDEMIC with flu, rsv (rhino virus), and Covid being written as if we are in the middle of the bubonic plague. So the fear mongering appears to be continuing.
On the mask front, I don't see many of the social warrior's with masks anymore, I think they got tired of wearing them. Only people I see with masks are old/sick (good reason to) and the hypochondriacs anymore.
My honest opinion is that where we are now will continue on like this for at least another 2 years. There is still money to be made and power to be flexed for it to go away. And more variants will continue to come and as long as testing continues and as long as anybody that dies with Covid (or died and had covid within a few weeks of death) is coded as covid, the numbers will still be there to make it happen. I think eventually after a couple more years of this, that the worldwide herd immunity will kick in and basically covid will just be another flu like variant. With China now going away from zero covid, they are going to be in for a hurting in 2023 but as their population also gets natural herd immunity, and the rest of the world continuing to develop more immunity due to multiple exposures to different variants, covid should eventually generally die off. But I think that will take another 2-3 years to happen.