“America seems to have ended the pandemic,” said Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “The virus is not over for us.”
In the US, there have been more than 15,000 cases of variant B.1.1.7 coronavirus, which also appears to be more fatal. While the U.S. is trying to get Americans vaccinated in a timely manner, many experts are asking the public to keep a little more precautionary measures.
“We’re not going to have enough vaccines as we go, in the arms of enough Americans for the next six to ten weeks, and that surge will stop it,” said Esterholm Esther Burnett of Osterholm. “It just won’t happen.”
And while the U.S. makes vaccinations nearly five times faster than the world average, with 40% of adults receiving at least one injection, low-income countries with limited access to vaccines could be a place to take options out of control, he said. Osterholm.
Fortunately, the U.S. has conditions that can help combat another surge: an increase in vaccinations, a significant portion of the population is already infected, and warming weather, said Dr. Paul Ofit, a member of the FDA’s Vaccine Advisory Committee.
Restrictions are eased by increasing vaccinations
The White House said Monday that by the end of next month there will be enough vaccines for all Americans, and some states have begun making plans to return to normal.
In Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser is urging residents to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity. It also eases a number of restrictions from May 1, including allowing live indoor entertainment with a capacity of 25%, while leisure facilities, libraries, museums and galleries and retailers will be able to operate from 50% of the seats indoors or outdoors.
“We know we can expect an increase in cases this month, but with vaccinations and safeguards, we expect these cases to decrease later in the spring,” the mayor said before reminding residents to “get vaccinated as soon as you can.” there is a possibility “.
Bowser is one of many local and state leaders who simplify restrictions, although adherence is still an important part of fighting the virus, said Dr. Ashish Ja, dean of Brown University School of Public Health, Wolf Blitzer.
“We’re not there yet, and the options make it especially exciting,” Ja said. “We really need a few more weeks to lie down. We’re very close to the finish line, but we can’t stop yet.”
Covid-19 cases are on the rise for four weeks in a row due in part to the proliferation of options, said Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And across the state, at least 81 new clusters in K-12 schools, according to data released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Monday.
In Ohio, an increase in the level of positivity forced the state to take an order to prevent Covid-19 “to the basics, common sense,” Gov. Mike Devine said.
The new “simplified” order, which should be ready for signing by the end of Monday, includes wearing masks in most rooms, avoiding grouping more than 10 people and maintaining social distance.
“It’s really, really a race,” DeWine said. “That’s what we need to do moving forward.”
Health experts are discussing second dose delays
With the threat of another possible surge, health professionals are discussing maintaining the current vaccination schedule or postponing second doses so that more Americans get the first dose quickly.
“Now that the surge is about to happen, what we want to do now is to protect as many people as possible from getting serious illness, hospitalization and death,” Osterholm said.
The decision to focus on first doses may depend on supplies, Memorial Sloan Kettering infectious disease specialist Dr. Kent Sepkowitz told CNN on Monday.
“When the stock runs out, yes, I think we need to optimize a‘ pretty good ’vaccination for more people than a‘ super-duper ’for a smaller number,” Sepkowitz said.
Although one dose does provide protection against the virus, it is still unclear how long that protection lasts, said Dr. Anthony Faci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Elizabeth Cohen on Monday.
And, given that spread options could reduce the effectiveness of vaccines, “you’ve found yourself in a small area if you haven’t had full impact,” Fauci said.
“So there’s some merit in the arguments that are given,” Fauci said. “But now, given the amount of vaccines we can make every day, literally every day that passes, we’re getting closer and closer to where we want to be.”
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