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COVID alert levels, tripledemic fears – NBC Chicago

Several Chicago-area counties now have new masking recommendations as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raises their COVID alert levels.

The new guidelines come as experts express heightened fears of a so-called ‘triple outbreak’ as the festive season approaches.

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today.

Moderna Announces New Data on the Efficacy of the Bivalent COVID Booster

Moderna revealed on Monday that its latest trial data showed its bivalent COVID booster shots “elicited a superior neutralizing antibody response against Omicron BA.4/BA.5 variants” compared to its original vaccine and to his booster shots.

“We are pleased to see that our two bivalent booster vaccine candidates provide superior protection against Omicron BA.4/BA.5 variants compared to our original booster, which is encouraging given that COVID- 19 remains one of the leading causes of hospitalization and death worldwide. Additionally, the superior response against Omicron persisted for at least three months following the recall of mRNA-1273.214,” Stephane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, said in a statement.

Bancel also noted that the data seemed to indicate that bivalent injections showed protection against the new BQ.1.1 subvariant currently on the rise in the United States.

“Our bivalent boosters also show, in research tests, neutralizing activity against BQ.1.1, an increasingly dominant emerging variant, confirming that updated vaccines have the potential to offer protection as the virus continues. to evolve quickly to escape our immunity,” Bancel said.

Doctors urge vaccinations as respiratory viruses circulate ahead of holiday season

Chicago-area health officials are urging people to get vaccinated ahead of colder weather, especially with rising RSV and flu cases.

“This ‘tripledemic’…what we’re calling right now involves three viruses,” explained Dr. Geraldine Luna, medical director of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Respiratory viruses such as influenza, RSV andd COVID-19 is “spreading rapidly” across Illinois, the state public health department said earlier this week.

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Dreaded ‘tripledemic’ as RSV and flu cases rise, community levels of COVID rise in Chicago area

With winter approaching and Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, doctors are warning that the United States could potentially face what is being called a “triple epidemic” – an increase in three respiratory diseases.

“When we say ‘tripledemic,’ we mean we’re seeing high cases of RSV, high cases of influenza, and we expect to see high cases of COVID as well,” Dr. Kevin Smith explained.

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Cook County, Chicago now under “medium” COVID alert level. What you should know

Chicago and Cook County are among several places in the Chicago area currently under a high COVID alert level.

“We are already seeing an upsurge in influenza in the southern United States, COVID is back on the rise as we return locally to an average level of COVID, and children’s hospitals in Chicago are already overflowing with critically ill children. from other respiratory viruses, such as RSV,” CDPH Commissioner Dr Allison Arwady said in a statement. “Families will be traveling and congregating indoors for the holidays, and I am concerned about this increased circulation of COVID-19 and influenza, and in particular the possibility of serious consequences for those who are not vaccinated or which are not up to date.

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6 counties in the Chicago area under a high COVID alert level. Here’s what that means

Six counties in the Chicago area are now under a high COVID alert level, with new mask recommendations taking effect.

According to Centers for Disaster Control and PreventionCook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Will and Grundy are all now below the “average community level” for COVID.

Here’s what that means for you.

IDPH warns respiratory viruses are ‘spreading fast’ ahead of holidays

Illinois health officials warn respiratory viruses are ‘spreading rapidly’ as the holidays approach, with RSV, influenza and COVID-19 continuing to spread as days get shorter and temperatures rise cool down.

“The United States is currently facing its highest rate of influenza hospitalizations in a decade, with young children and the elderly being most at risk,” said IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra. , in a press release. “Vaccines remain our best tools to prevent the worst outcomes of COVID-19 and influenza. I strongly recommend anyone who has not achieved full protection against COVID-19 and influenza to get vaccinated immediately. The novel COVID-19 bivalent booster and influenza vaccine targets current strains of these viruses.

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COVID-19 cases plummet in Illinois as more than 1.5 million bivalent boosters administered statewide

Illinois health officials have reported 11,020 new cases of COVID-19 since Nov. 4, along with 38 additional deaths in the past six days.

Cases and deaths have seen a notable drop over the previous week, which saw 14,225 new cases of COVID-19 and 54 additional deaths from the virus.

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