Since the end of the US Public Health Emergency on May 11, 2023, there has been a desire from elected officials and the public to put COVID-19 in the rearview mirror. However, the emergence of new variants and a summer wave of infections remind us that SARS-CoV-2 is here for the foreseeable future. This Viewpoint addresses the current state of COVID-19 in the US and summarizes key clinical information for health care professionals and patients. [JAMA Network]
Current State of COVID-19 in the US
With the end of the Public Health Emergency, COVID-19 surveillance in the US is no longer performed using case counts. Instead, wastewater surveillance and tracking of hospitalizations and deaths are the major indicators being used to understand trends. Since late June 2023, there has been a steady increase in the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater, a change that correlates with a bump in reported hospitalizations and deaths.