The coronavirus has not disappeared. With the advent of successful vaccinations and better social management, however, it has waned.
Globally, over 1 million new covid-19 cases and more than 3,100 deaths were reported in the 28 days up to Aug. 3, according to the latest World Health Organization report — bringing the death toll to almost 7 million since the pandemic began.
The attention of public health experts around the world is being piqued by a new subvariant, known as EG.5, which is becoming a dominant strain in countries including the United States and Britain.
Here’s what we know.
Coronavirus: What you need to know
The latest: The United States is experiencing a bump in coronavirus transmission for the first time since the public health emergency ended in May. It is exposing the challenges of avoiding the virus when free testing is no longer widely accessible.
New coronavirus variant: EG.5, a new covid subvariant unofficially nicknamed “Eris,” is becoming a dominant strain in countries including the United States and Britain. Here’s what to know about EG.5.
Covid deaths: Covid-19 was the fourth leading cause of death in the United States last year, and covid deaths dropped 47 percent between 2021 and 2022.
Coronavirus boosters: The FDA cleared the way for people who are at least 65 or immunocompromised to receive a second updated booster shot for the coronavirus. Here’s who should get the second covid booster and when.
Would we shut down again? What will the United States do the next time a deadly virus comes knocking on the door?