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Alabama Has More Than 18,000 Covid Deaths |Viral News

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On Wednesday, the number of Alabamans who have died from COVID-19 hit 18,000, which is about the population of Selma.

Alabama and the rest of the U.S. have seen a rise in the number of deaths, even though new cases and hospitalizations have been dropping after a spike caused by the more contagious omicron strain.

It can take days, weeks, or even months for a death to happen after a person gets COVID. This shows how quickly the virus is spreading.

A seven-day average of new daily cases reported to the Alabama Department of Public Health fell from 3,100 two weeks ago to 1,043 for the week ending Tuesday, down from 3,100 two weeks ago. Covid hospitalizations in the state dropped 52 percent during that time. On Tuesday, there were 1,027 in the state.

Alabama Has More Than 18,000 Covid Deaths |Viral News

It’s important to note, though, that death isn’t the only bad thing that can happen. A doctor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham said in November that more than half of people who get COVID-19 have some kind of long-term health effect because of it, and some for many months.

Those who were so sick that they needed to go to the hospital aren’t the only ones who have long-term health problems because of COVID. Common long COVID symptoms for people who had COVID but were not hospitalized are fatigue, weakness, and fever. They also have a loss of taste and smell because they can’t taste or smell food.

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Public health officials are paying close attention to the new omicron variant, which has already been found in Alabama. The first case was reported on Tuesday by APR.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the BA.2 variant makes up 3.8 percent of all new cases in the United States. It has been found in 30 states, the CDC says. One of the BA.2 strains is 33 percent more infectious than the original omicron strain.

Alabama Has More Than 18,000 Covid Deaths |Viral News

According to a statement from the WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution, the group reiterated that the BA.2 sublineage of SARS-CoV-2 should remain a variant of concern and that it should be classified as Omicron. The group looked at data on transmission rates, severity and reinfection, diagnosis, therapeutics, vaccines, and vaccine effects and said that the sublineage should stay classified as Omicron.

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