Dear Members of the Baylor College of Medicine Community,
Is the pandemic over? Not sure anyone told that to the virus. But things are looking up – globally, nationally and locally. In today’s video, I will review the data for each of these areas.
Interesting that another Omicron variant - BA 4.6 - is growing. It now represents 10 percent of all cases, and first appeared in South Africa. BA 4.6 is a descendant of the BA 4 variant of Omicron. It is not clear how it emerged but it is thought to be a possible recombinant variant. Recombination happens when two different variant of the virus infect the same person, at the same time. This one appears to be more transmissible. Plenty more on BA 4.6 in the video.
And there’s a BA 2.75 that is slowly rising. It was first identified in India. It accounts for 1.3 percent of the cases. As long as new variants appear, the virus is still out there.
Some interesting science this week on comparing mortality rates during the different variant stages and another on the mRNA-Nucleocapsid vaccine eliciting an immune response in animals.
Monkeypox cases in the U.S. are going down.
There are many shout outs this week at the end of the video. Lots of good things happening.
Take care. See you next week.
Paul Klotman, M.D.
President & CEO