Baltimore, MD - Aug. 6, 2023  - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent data indicates a summer surge in COVID-19 cases across the US, including Maryland, according to the Pikesville Patch. The data, updated until July 22, reports an 18.2% rise in hospitalizations in Maryland. Reasons behind the surge could be summer travel, intense heat forcing people to stay indoors, and diminishing immunity. Additionally, fewer Americans are getting vaccinated, contributing to a lower development of antibodies. However, experts believe the current wave will be less severe than previous ones and are unsure about its duration. Some US counties are experiencing higher rates of hospitalizations. This surge has not been linked to a new variant, which is a positive sign. It's challenging to predict future trends due to the scaled-back data collection post the federal health emergency in May.