Concerns about a California winter COVID wave increase as Europe sees rise in cases

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While coronavirus cases in California remain fairly under control, a new rise in Europe is fueling fresh concerns about a potential winter wave here.

Britain, France, Germany and Italy have all reported increasing coronavirus cases since mid-September, according to data presented by Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

“Throughout the pandemic, trends and cases in Europe have served as a predictor for trending cases in the United States. This was true at the beginning of the pandemic in March of 2020, and also before each of our subsequent surges. And we should be prepared for it to possibly be true again,” Ferrer said.

Ferrer said there is no need for immediate concern about a number of new Omicron subvariants that health officials are closely tracking nationwide. Still, some experts are predicting the subvariants “have a greater evolutionary advantage than their predecessors, meaning that they’re more contagious; they can crowd out other circulating COVID viruses; and they can break through protection, such as prior infections and vaccinations.”

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