Some U.S. states look as if they might be heading into a severe new wave of COVID-19.
Federal government charts illustrating trends in new case counts and hospitalization rates in those states are starting to head straight up.
Hospitalization rates may be a better indicator of outbreak severity than new case counts, because ups and downs in the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 might reflect changes in how easy and cheap it is for people to get tested, rather than infection rates.
Hospitals, in contrast, are likely to admit people with COVID-19 only when those people are seriously ill.
Author(s): Allison Bell
Publication Date: 29 July 2021
Publication Site: Think Advisor