In another COVID development, the FDA pulled its EUA for Evusheld, the last available monoclonal antibody treatment, due to weak activity against the newer circulating subvariants.
The loss of activity is equivalent to 15% of the US population becoming completely immobile for 1 day.
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The percentage of outpatient visits for flulike illness dropped from 5.4% to 4%, and 23 jurisdictions reported high or very high flu activity, down from 39.
The XBB Omicron variant is now dominant in the northeastern region. Meanwhile, flu activity is still high, but declined in most areas.
An earlier flu season does not necessarily mean more cases overall, experts who question the popular narrative say.
By several measures—including hospitalization rates—flu activity declined last week after an unusually early surge to the influenza season.
The guidance prioritizes the treatment of flu in high-risk patients amid shortages of the generic antiviral drug.
As the holidays approach, the flu surge continues, and tracking shows a fresh spike in COVID-19 markers.
Amid rising flu activity causing decade-high hospitalization rates, COVID-19 markers are also climbing.
As hospitalizations almost double, most states are experiencing high or very high flu levels.
Flu activity is very high or high across most of the continental United States.
The early flu surge is adding to pressure on health systems as they face other respiratory diseases like RSV.