The United States has reached another grim milestone in its fight against the devastating covid-19 pandemic1 in 500 Americans have died of the corona virus since the infection was first reported in the country.
As of Tuesday night, 663,913 people have died of COVID-19 in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University figures.
According to US Census BureauAs of April 2020, the US population was 331.4 million.
It’s a serious toll that comes as hospitals in the US struggle to keep up with the volume of patients and more children are battling the virus.
In hopes of managing the spread and preventing more unnecessary deaths, officials are implementing mandates for vaccinations in workplaces and masks in schools.
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They’re fighting against daily cases, hospitalizations and death rates that jumped as the highly contagious delta version jumped since the start of summer. taken over.
The country reported an average of more than 152,300 new COVID-19 cases every day in the past week till Tuesday – more than 13 times compared to June 22, when the average was at its lowest in 2021 (11,303 daily). Johns Hopkins University data.
According to Johns Hopkins, the US reported an average of 1,805 new COVID-19 deaths each day in a week until Tuesday – significantly higher than the year’s low average (218).
According to the US Centers for Disease Control, with only 54 percent of the population fully vaccinated, the rate of people starting vaccination each day (over 341,900) is 4 percent lower than the previous week and 28 percent lower than the month before. . and prevention data.
Health experts have cited vaccination as the best source of protection against the virus, noting that most people hospitalized and killed with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.
In Pennsylvania, from January 1 to September 7, 97 percent of the state’s COVID-19 deaths occurred in unvaccinated people, Pennsylvania’s acting secretary of health said Tuesday.
Experts say another layer of strong protection is masking.
The CDC advises people – even those who are fully vaccinated – to wear masks indoors in areas with substantial or high community transmission. More than 99 percent of the population lives in a county with one of those designations.
In Ohio, where children’s hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 and respiratory cases, Governor Mike DeWine is encouraging schools to issue mask mandates after the state legislature has told them that it will take care of any mandates issued by them. will reverse.
“Reasonable people may disagree with many, but we can all agree that we should put our kids in the classroom so they don’t fall behind and so their parents can go to work and see their kids at home.” Don’t take the time,” Devin said.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN on Tuesday that a combination of masks and vaccinations is the way to keep children in school.
Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “If you surround kids with people who are vaccinated and you’re all wearing masks, you can get into a situation where the kids will be relatively safe in school.”
Coronavirus modeling reduced hospital admissions, CDC says
A CDC ensemble forecast that uses 10 models from other researchers predicts a decrease in COVID-19 hospital admissions during the next four weeks for the first time since a June 23 report.
The forecast predicts that the US will see 5,000 to 15,300 new COVID-19 hospital admissions on October 11.
A total of 97,051 people are currently in hospitals with COVID-19, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Fight the battle over the vaccine mandate
To manage the spread of the virus, many officials and experts have promoted vaccine mandates – but others are opposing such measures.
New York released Order in August to require all health care workers to be vaccinated Against COVID-19 till 27th September. But on Monday, 17 Catholic and Baptist medical professionals filed a federal complaint seeking to block the state from enforcing the mandate that they oppose receiving the vaccine for religious reasons.
On Tuesday, a federal judge issued a restraining order temporarily suspending New York State Implementing Your Vaccine Mandate If health care workers claim religious exemptions.
Because the mandate does not require health care workers to receive their first dose of the vaccine until September 27, the judge’s order states that the temporary restraining order “does not, in practice, take effect until that date.”
The hearing is to be held on 28 September.
Following the ruling, New York Governor Cathy Hochul’s press secretary, Hazel Crampton-Hayes, said the governor was considering all legal options.
“Governor Hochul is doing everything in his power to protect New Yorkers and combat the delta variant by increasing vaccine rates across the state,” said Crampton-Hayes.
In Los Angeles, despite a mandate that all city employees be vaccinated against the virus, nearly a quarter of the police force is seeking exemptions, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office.
Those who have not been vaccinated, if reporting to work regularly, must show evidence of weekly tests and a negative COVID-19 result.
As of November 1, Nevada workers serving “vulnerable populations” must show proof of vaccination under a new emergency regulation passed Tuesday.
New employees must have at least one dose by their start date and follow the required vaccination schedule to remain employed. Workers are allowed to seek medical or religious exemptions.
Meanwhile, most American adults believe the public health benefits of COVID-19 restrictions on activity are equal to the economic and lifestyle costs, a The report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center shows.
The Pew report also found that nearly 80 percent of adults say they believe the need for masks on airplanes and public transportation is essential to stem the spread of the virus, and that international travel is restricted. Should be
The Booster Meeting Won’t Be a Slam Dunk
On Friday the US Food and Drug Administration will Meet to Discuss Whether Most Americans Need a Booster of their COVID-19 vaccine.
Unlike other meetings to discuss the vaccine, with a request from Pfizer to authorize a third dose for most people, it won’t be a slam dunk.
“It will be a lot messier than in December,” said Dr. Vanderbilt University infectious disease specialist. William Schaffner said.
The FDA committee was quick to recommend authorization of vaccines made by Pfizer and rival Moderna last December.
When the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meets on Friday, it will be presented with dialectical data, some of it suggesting a booster is needed, but other pieces of data suggesting that there is no such need. Not there.
Three separate articles published last week in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggest that we don’t need boosters.
On the other hand, an Israeli study found that over time, the potency of vaccines to protect people from getting very sick with COVID-19 diminished.
Looking at illnesses in the second half of July, that study found that people who received a second dose of Pfizer’s vaccine in March were 70 percent more protected from serious illness than those who received a second shot in January. .
US President Joe Biden last month announced plans to start giving booster doses next week. Although she would not say directly whether that date would be met, CDC Director Rochelle Valensky said Tuesday that she is hopeful about the timeline for taking the dose.
If the booster is approved, experts will still have to wait and see how much protection the third dose provides.
“I expect it to last us a long time, but I don’t know yet,” Fauci said. “We just have to promote, and then follow people enough to determine what the permanence of that protection is.”
Moderna said on Wednesday that according to their research team, the booster dose of their COVID-19 vaccine reduced antibody levels and that the boosters designed to match the variants also worked as expected.
80 volunteers were given two doses of Moderna’s vaccine. Six months later his blood was tested and he received a third shot.
Moderna has begun its application for emergency use authorization of the third dose of its vaccine, but the FDA has not scheduled discussions on Moderna’s application.