An expert warns of increased risk of respiratory illness in winter as Americans take precautions
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), daily COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have dropped by about 30% since late August.
As of September 27, the country was recording a seven-day moving average of 110,232 new daily cases, down 30.9% from 159,515 on August 27, while new COVID-related hospitalizations fell by 31%. From 12,330 to 8,507. .
Dr. Gregory Poland, infectious disease expert and director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, predicts that as the rate of COVID-19 cases falls, fewer Americans will be cautious about infection, resulting in winter respiratory illnesses. probability will increase.
“We will ignore this further and will not wear masks at all, take no precautions, will travel again,” Poland told Granthshala News. “And that in itself will cause another surge of COVID, influenza and RSV [respiratory syncytial virus, a common respiratory virus] this winter.”
“It’s a very difficult task to convince a population that emotionally doesn’t want to hear it, and is still risking their lives,” Poland said.
Despite declining cases and hospitalization rates nationwide, Idaho has seen a five-fold increase in pediatric hospitalization patients as of the end of June, due to record-high hospitalizations in recent days. report good, and there is limited space left in some funeral homes and trailers to store bodies. The state is associated with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, with about 41% of residents fully vaccinated.
Idaho’s public health leaders announced earlier this month that they had activated “crisis standards of care,” allowing health care rationing for the state’s northern hospitals, as more institutions than Coronavirus can handle patients. The move allowed hospitals to allocate scarce resources such as intensive care unit rooms to patients and made other dramatic changes to the way patients were treated.
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Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that new daily infections are concentrated in some southern states such as Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arizona, while pointing to an increase in infections, particularly in Iowa and Massachusetts.
The data indicate Texas’ seven-day average of infections is declining, although the figure is more than 10,000, while Louisiana had a seven-day average of more than 1,000 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. It was down from around 5,800 in mid-August. The corresponding figures for Oklahoma and Arizona are over 1,400 and 2,300, respectively. The data also indicated that Iowa exceeded the seven-day average of 2,000 new daily infections, while Massachusetts associated with a figure closer to 1,500.
More than 75% of Americans over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 65% being fully vaccinated. NS Biden The administration said on Tuesday more than 400,000 Americans received COVID-19 Another million have signed up to get booster shots over the weekend only in pharmacies, and to get an extra jab after it was approved for seniors and high-risk people last week.
The Associated Press and Granthshala News’ Braque Dumas contributed to this report.