Is Covid’s Winter Surge Already Here?

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NBC: Is Covid’s winter surge already here? Experts warn the pandemic isn’t over 

“I don’t think the spike will be as bad as last winter because we have vaccines available and the approval for younger age groups is a big game changer,” one public health expert said. 

A new surge of Covid-19 cases is expected to start hitting the United States around Thanksgiving just as the holiday season begins, public health experts are warning. 

But with more and more Americans vaccinated, it’s not likely to linger as long or do as much damage because there’s a level of protection this season that wasn’t there last year, they say. 

“I don’t think the spike will be as bad as last winter because we have vaccines available and the approval for younger age groups is a big game changer, especially for hospitalizations and death rates,” said Monica Wang, an associate professor of community health sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Sadiya Khan, an epidemiologist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, agreed.  

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Update #1: COVID-19 hot spots offer sign of what could be ahead for US (AP)
 

Update #2: Why COVID cases are surging in states with high vaccination rates — and what it means for the winter ahead (Yahoo News)  

WNU Editor: Parts of Europe are being clobbered right now …. WHO highlights that Europe is only region with rising COVID cases and deaths, as Russia overtakes U.S. for most fatalities in a week (Market Watch). More here …. With COVID case rates in Europe rising, some countries are bringing back restrictions (NPR/AP), and here …. Covid-19: Is the fourth wave in Germany a warning for the rest of Europe? (France 24).