Is There A Summer Surge of COVID?

As the summer progresses, so has the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

According to a CNN report, an uptick in COVID-19 cases occurs each summer, likely due to people gathering indoors to avoid the heat outdoors. We know from previous CDC guidance that being indoors and in low ventilation areas heightens the chance of spreading the virus.

Though it is now more difficult to track cases since states are no longer required to report data regarding COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations have increased indicating a surge in cases.

According to NBC News, an updated booster vaccine is set to be authorized by the end of September. Though this may not stop the summer uptick in cases, it will prevent it from transitioning to the fall.

In order to keep yourself and others safe, continue to practice CDC-recommended COVID-19 prevention actions such as staying up to date on vaccines and boosters, getting tested when needed, staying away from others if you’ve been in contact with someone with the virus or if you have it yourself. Of course, do the basics such as wearing a mask or face covering, washing your hands often, sanitizing highly touched surfaces and practicing social distancing.


By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Columbia College Chicago

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Written by Cierra Lemott

I'm a professional procrastinator and my hobbies include sleeping, eating, and Netflix binging.

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