Update- Omicron Variants BQ.1, BQ.1.1, Cases, Deaths – Flu Cases, 4 Types Of Influenza Virus, Naming

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BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 are now dominant in the United States growing in number and displacing BA.5 as the dominant COVID-19 Omicron variants. BN.1 is another Omicron variant that is growing in number, while BA.4.6 continues to decrease in number. We cover this as well as where geographically these different variants are most common. Luckily overall, case counts have not started growing robustly and deaths continue to decrease.

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-trac…

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-trac…

Influenza case counts are still quite high, although they may be beginning to plateau. The vast majority of these cases are Influenza A, with H1N1 and H3N2 being the most dominant subtypes. We talk about the 4 types of Influenza being A-D. Influenza A is the most often culprit for epidemics and pandemics followed by Influenza B. The influenza virus has surface proteins called hemagglutinin and neuraminidase, which represent the “H1N1” or “H3N2” that we see as the subtypes of Influenza A. Influenza B uses lineages to label it’s subtypes that often include “Victoria” and “Yamagata”. We dive into the details of the different types of influenza, how they are labelled, and why.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/viruses…

BQ.1 And BQ.1.1 Now Dominating USA With Cases Rising – Reinfection, Severity, Immunity, Vaccination https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vUG4…

New Variants BQ.1 And BQ.1.1 Now Make Up 10% Of COVID-19 Infections Globally – What We Know https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwylc…

Winter Tridemic – COVID-19, RSV, Flu – Case Counts (highest since 2010), Symptoms, Treatments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zv6y…

COVID-19 And Influenza: How They Differ In Terms Of Organ Failure, Complications, And Mortality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRzi9…

COVID-19 And Influenza: Similarities And Differences Between These Two Diseases. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul9KQ…


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