COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are increasing again as the very contagious BA.5 variant spreads across the country, with nearly 500 deaths reported each day.
After 2 months of daily death numbers rarely climbing above 400, the average has recently grown to about 450 deaths per day, according to NPR.
Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and intensive care numbers have also risen in recent weeks, reaching the highest points of the summer.
Although most people aren’t getting a severe disease, some are “still getting quite sick from it,” Ashish Jha, MD, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, told NPR.
More than 130,000 new coronavirus cases are being reported each day, according to the data tracker from The New York Times. All but a few states have seen steady increases during the past 2 weeks. Public health experts have said the official case tallies are considered a significant undercount because many people have chosen to use at-home tests or not test at all.