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March 13th, 2023

Omicron US strains: as of March 11th data - variants make up: BQ.1 is 2%, BQ1.1 is 5%, XBB1.5 is 90% and XBB is 2%

Omicron XBB.1.5 is now the only major player in the Covid space. We are many weeks into this stable run of this variant. We are in a very steady state with disease risk and morbidity.

North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services notes a flatline of Covid associated hospital ICU use for almost 1 calendar year now. Volumes are not changing despite the variant shifts.

My opinion has not changed for a while now regarding risk, vaccines and long term outcomes. I find no evidence that vaccines are useful for anyone outside of a high risk group. Children over 2 years of age absolutely have no scientific need to vaccinate once naturally infected. Between 6 months (cannot vaccinate under this age) and 2 years of age is a parent's choice based on the very small but real risk of a negative outcome. High risk individuals should always consider vaccinating on a biannual basis or based on the most current data.

There are no signs of increased disease morbidity despite incredible infectivity.

Little else to report here. (CDC Variants)