The Heat: COVID-19 variants

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The United States and the United Kingdom are among several countries experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Hospitalizations rose 18.8% in the U.S. for the week ending August 19th – marking the sixth straight week of increases, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the United Kingdom, more than a million people are believed to have COVID and hospitalizations are at a three-month high.

The World Health Organization is monitoring two new variants and is urging countries to remain vigilant.

To discuss:

  • Dr. Muhammad Munir is a Virologist and Lecturer in Biomedicine at Lancaster University.
  • Dr. Peter Chin-Hong is a Professor of Medicine and an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco.
  • Dr. Zayid Al-Aly is the Director of the Clinical Epidemiology Center and Chief of Research and Education Service at Veteran Affairs Saint Louis Health Care System.
  • Dr. Kate Tulenko is the Founder and CEO of Corvus Health.

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