Into a new wave cases of coronavirus in Europe concerns in the United States, with some doctors and researchers predicting an equally troubling spike in the US
“I’ve forecast another pretty bad winter wave, and it looks like it’s starting to happen,” Peter Hotez, the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told The Guardian. “There are just too many unvaccinated and too many partially vaccinated” [people].”
According to the latest data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the the average of new daily coronavirus cases in the US has crossed 85,000, up more than 14 percent from a week ago.
The Institute of Health Statistics and Evaluation (IHME) predicted about 863,000 total deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in March 2022. However, the CDC reports that 762,994 people have already died from COVID-19 in the US. The IHME’s worst-case scenario projection predicts nearly 2 million deaths from the coronavirus by March 2022.
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Nothing but 58.9 percent of the US population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
However, some experts are optimistic and call the protection against vaccinations, vaccines are becoming available for children, as well as the possibility of new treatments, such as antiviral drugs.
“I expect the number of cases to increase — we’ve started to see this last week,” David Dowdy, an associate professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, told The Guardian. “I don’t think what we’re seeing in Europe means we’re going to have a huge wave of serious illnesses and deaths, as we [saw] here in the US” in the winter of 2020.
“People can still get Covid, there could still be breakthrough infections,” added Rupali Limaye, an associate scientist at Johns Hopkins University. “But the good news is that if you’re vaccinated, you’re much less likely to be hospitalized or have a serious infection.”
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