It will soon be clear whether the epidemic has subsided enough for families to get together for Christmas this year, Dr. Anthony Fawcett said Sunday.
Fawcett said, doing rounds of Sunday’s talk show CBS News’ “Face the Nation” That Americans must first focus on reducing the number of new infections and hospitalizations. The best way to do it: vaccinations and booster shots, he said.
“We’re just focused on keeping that number down and not trying to go weeks or months ahead and tell you what we’re going to do at a particular time,” Fawcett said. “Let’s focus like a laser on putting those cases down.”
Speaking up ABC’s “This Week,” Fawcett noted that coronavirus-related hospital admissions and daily average new cases have dropped by more than 30% in the past month.
“We are definitely turning to this particular wave,” Fawcett said. “But we’ve now experienced almost 20 months of growth that goes up and then comes down and then goes up again.”
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क्रमांक Today’s numbers: The United States has reported more than 43.6 million confirmed Covid-19 cases and more than 700,000 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins University statistics. Global total: more than 234.7 million cases and 4.79 million deaths. More than 185.1 million Americans – 55.8% of the population – have been fully vaccinated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Some health officials say that 70% of the country’s immunization goal, which was once considered a critical level to end the epidemic, may not be enough due to the highly contagious delta type.
“It simply came to our notice then Vaccination against 85 to 90% delta, ”Dr. Said Eric Topol, vice president of research at Scripps Research in La Jolla, California, and a national expert on the use of data in medical research.
Tom McCarthy, executive director of the Rhode Island Department of Health Covid Response Unit, says the Delta variant’s infection boom is a game-changer in his region. New England is home to five states with the highest percentage of the total vaccinated population. Yet hospitalization and death hover near pre-vaccination levels.
“What we’ve learned with Delta and looking beyond Delta is that … to give you real population-level protection, you need to be over 90%,” McCarthy said.
Optimistic for Kovid-1, experts say the epidemic will end and the virus will become one of the world’s most endemic viruses that will continue to spread but Very few cause disease and death. The adult population is still projected to be infected in the winter, with some falling ill but generally serious illnesses only affect the very elderly, those with compromised immune systems, and pregnant women who are not vaccinated. Gregory Poland said the editor, Dr. Head of the Vaccine Journal.
“Once we get to the point where everyone has been exposed or vaccinated, and if – and if it’s bigger – Covid can do what other respiratory illnesses do, it’s a disease that is manageable,” said Jeffrey Shaman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University.
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New York is giving the nation an early glimpse of what the Biden administration is all about 50-State Vaccine Order for Healthcare Workers May look like. Empire State hospitals have dismissed or suspended dozens of workers for failing to meet last week’s deadline, requiring them to receive at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Front-line health workers are expected to pay up to $ 200 per hour to leave or remove services, delay non-emergency operations to the health system in New York City, reduce clinic hours, and fill vacancies. Badarfi represents a small percentage of workers in large health systems.
President Joe Biden announced last month that all hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement must vaccinate their workers. The agency overseeing that federal health program has yet to release details on when the national order will take effect. Read on.
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A federal judge in Cincinnati fiercely Prosecutors criticize five local hospital systems for trying to block Kovid-19 vaccine ordersHe said he made false claims and supported “unsupported conspiracy theories”. Judge Timothy Black ruled that hospital groups should avoid vaccinating employees. Two of them passed the order on Friday. Black said the data shows that Kovid-1 continues to wreak havoc on society. He noted that in the seven days ending Thursday in Hamilton County, there were 2,304 confirmed cases, 172 new hospitalizations and 10 deaths.
“Those deaths may have been avoided. There are still deaths next month, ”Black said. “Against this objective data, the plaintiffs allege unsupported conspiracy theories.”
– Kevin Grassha, Cincinnati Inquirer
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