1 in 500 US citizens have died from Covid-19
1 in 500 US citizens have died from Covid-19

1 in 500 US citizens have died from Covid-19

It is a sober toll that comes as hospitals in the United States struggle to keep up with the amount of patients and more children struggle with the virus. Hoping to deal with the spread and prevent more unnecessary deaths, officials are implementing mandates for workplace vaccinations and masking in schools.

The country had an average of more than 152,300 new Covid-19 cases every day over the past week from Tuesday – more than 13 times than it was on June 22, when the average was at its lowest in 2021 (11,303 daily). according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The United States had an average of 1,805 new Covid-19 deaths each day over a week from Tuesday – significantly higher than this year’s low average (218) reached on July 5, according to Johns Hopkins.

With only 54% of the population fully vaccinated, the number of people starting vaccinations every day (more than 341,900) is a decrease of 4% from last week and a decrease of 28% from a month earlier, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health experts have hailed vaccinations as the best source of protection against the virus, noting that the majority of people hospitalized and killed by Covid-19 are unvaccinated. In Pennsylvania, from Jan. 1 to Sept. 7, 97 percent of the state’s Covid-19 deaths were among unvaccinated people, Pennsylvania’s acting health secretary said Tuesday.

Another layer of strong protection, experts say, is masking.

The CDC recommends people – even the fully vaccinated – to wear masks indoors in areas with significant or high levels of infection in the community. More than 99% of the population lives in a county with one of these designations.

In Ohio, where children’s hospitals are overwhelmed by Covid-19 and respiratory cases, Gov. Mike DeWine is urging schools to issue mask mandates, as the state legislature has told him it would overturn any mandate he issued.

“Sensible people can disagree on a lot, but we can all agree that we should keep our children in the classroom so they do not fall behind and so that their parents can go to work and not take time off to see their children at home. , “said DeWine.

The combination of masks and vaccinations is the way to keep children in school, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to CNN Tuesday.

“If you surround the kids with vaccinated people and you get everyone to wear a mask, you could get a situation where the kids will be relatively safe in school,” Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Coronavirus models predict declining hospitalizations, the CDC says

A CDC ensemble forecast using 10 models from other researchers predicts that Covid hospital admissions will fall over the next four weeks for the first time since the June 23 report.

The forecast predicts that the United States will see 5,000 to 15,300 new Covid-19 hospital admissions on October 11th.

A total of 97,051 people are currently in hospitals with Covid-19, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Fight brewing for vaccine mandates

To deal with the spread of the virus, many officials and experts have promoted vaccine mandates – but others are against such measures.

New York issued one order in August requiring all healthcare professionals to be vaccinated against Covid-19 before 27 September. But on Monday, 17 Catholic and Baptist doctors filed a federal complaint seeking to prevent the state from enforcing the mandate, saying they are opposed to getting the vaccine for religious reasons.
On Tuesday, a federal judge issued a restraining order that temporarily suspended the state of New York from enforce its vaccine mandate if health professionals demand a religious exemption.
It could take 'many, many' more vaccine mandates to end the Covid-19 pandemic, Fauci says

Because the mandate does not require healthcare professionals to receive their first dose of the vaccine before Sept. 27, the judge’s ruling states that the temporary detention “practically does not take effect until that date.”

A hearing is scheduled for 28 September.

Following the ruling, New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s Press Secretary Hazel Crampton-Hays said the governor is considering all legal options.

“Governor Hochul is doing everything in her power to protect New Yorkers and fight the Delta variant by increasing vaccination rates across the state,” Crampton-Hays said.

In Los Angeles, despite a mandate that all city employees must be inoculated against the virus, nearly a quarter of the police force is seeking an exception, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office. Those who have not been vaccinated must show proof of weekly tests and a negative Covid-19 result if they report to work regularly.

By Nov. 1, Nevada workers serving “vulnerable populations” must show proof of vaccination under a new emergency ordinance passed Tuesday.

New employees must have at least one dose on their start date and must follow the required vaccination schedule to remain employed. Workers are allowed to request a medical or religious exemption.

Meanwhile, most American adults believe that the public health benefits of Covid-19 restrictions on activity are worth the economic costs and lifestyle costs that they have, a It shows a report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.

The Pew report also found that around 80% of adults say they believe that masking requirements for aircraft and public transport are necessary to counter the spread of the virus and that international travel should be restricted.

Booster meeting is not going to be a slam dunk

On Friday, the U.S. 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, this one, with requests from Pfizer to approve a third dose for most people, will not be a slam dunk.

“This is getting a lot more messy than in December,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a specialist in infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University. The FDA committee was quick to recommend approval of vaccines made by Pfizer and rival Moderna last December.

When the FDA’s advisory committee on vaccines and related biological products meets on Friday, it will be presented with duel data, some of which suggest that boosters are needed, but other data suggest that there is no such need.

3 states have fully vaccinated more than 2/3 of the population.  Elsewhere, hospitals are flooded with unvaccinated Covid-19 patients

Three separate articles published last week in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggest we do not need boosters.

On the other hand, an Israeli study found that over time, the power of vaccines to prevent people from becoming very ill with Covid-19 diminished. Looking at diseases in the second half of July, the study showed that those who had received their second dose of Pfizer’s vaccine in March were 70% more protected against serious illness than those who received the second shot in January.

President Joe Biden last month announced plans to begin administering booster doses next week. Although she would not say directly whether this date would be met, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said Tuesday she is hopeful about the timeline for getting doses administered.

If the booster is approved, experts will still have to wait and see how much protection is added at the third dose.

“I would hope it would sustain us for a longer period of time, but I do not know right now,” Fauci said. “We’ll just have to do the boost and then follow people long enough to determine what the durability of that protection is.”

Moderna said Wednesday that booster doses of their Covid-19 vaccine recharged declining antibody levels and boosters formulated to match variants also worked as expected, according to their research team.

The 80 volunteers received two doses of Moderna’s vaccine. Their blood was tested six months later and they got a third shot.

Moderna has started its application for an emergency use permit for the third dose of its vaccine, but the FDA has not planned to discuss Moderna’s application.

CNN’s Ben Tinker, Deidre McPhillips, Liam Reilly, Kay Jones, Lauren Mascarenhas, Artemis Moshtaghian, Jenn Selva, Andy Rose, Elizabeth Cohen and Virginia Langmaid contributed to this report.

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