New subvariants, family gatherings may bring more Covid-19 after holiday, but experts don’t expect severe surge

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Experts expect that Thanksgiving gatherings will stir up social networks and give new coronavirus subvariants fresh pockets of vulnerable people to infect. For the week ending Nov. 19, the CDC estimates that BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 were causing about half of all new Covid-19 cases in the US. Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have remained flat for the past four weeks. Many experts say they feel hopeful that we won’t see the big waves of winters past — certainly nothing like the original Omicron variant, with its jaw-dropping peak of nearly a million new daily infections. “It’s probably got a bit more of a fitness advantage, so what we’re seeing is gradual replacement without a massive change in the total number of Covid-19 cases,” he said.
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