January 26, 2023
Life Sciences
  • New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that updated COVID-19 boosters are cutting the risk that a person will get sick from the coronavirus by about half. For adults between the ages 18 and 49, the studies showed COVID-19 boosters lowered the odds of getting a symptomatic infection caused by the BA.5 subvariant by 52 percent and cut the odds of getting an infection caused by XBB or XBB.1.5 by 49 percent. For adults 50 to 64, the new boosters reduced the odds of getting sick with Covid-19 by 43 percent for BA.5 and 40 percent for XBB subvariants. For those 65 and older, the boosters cut the odds of an infection with symptoms by 37 percent and 43 percent for the BA.5 and XBB subvariants, respectively. (Articles here, here, and here; Data here)