COVID Hospitalizations in U.S. 2023
COVID-In the previous week, 19 hospitalizations in the United States went below 9,000 for the first time since monitoring began in the summer of 2020.
As of May 25, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 8,256 hospitalizations.
Hospitalizations are one of the few COVID metrics that will continue to be monitored by public health authorities until April 2024. However, some infections may no longer be counted due to changes in hospital diagnostic procedures, according to CBS News.
The CDC is anticipated to continue recommending mask use in areas with high hospitalization rates.
The recommendation of new supporters could be made later this year. This summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will convene to discuss supplement recommendations.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended updated COVID vaccines to combat the proliferation of XBB strains. Current boosters target variants of a prior pathogen and Omicron.
In recent years, late spring has been a period of record-low hospitalizations. In May and June 2021, for instance, the number of cases was low, but in August of that year, due to the Delta variant, there was a sharp increase. At that time, CBS News reported that hospitalizations in the highest week exceeded 85,000.
CBS News reported that a similar occurrence occurred in 2022 with record lows in April following a wintertime Omicron surge with 150,000 weekly new hospital admissions.
This year’s events are unknown, but XBB predicts that there will be new and evolving variants.1.5 strains with decreasing case counts relative to XBB.1.16 variants now account for 19% of infections, according to the most recent CDC statistics.