Monday, September 27, 2021

1 in 500 US residents have died of COVID-19

by Madeline Holcomb | CNN

The United States has reached another grim milestone in its fight against the devastating COVID-19 pandemic: 1 in 500 Americans have died from the coronavirus since the country’s first reported infection.

As of Tuesday night, 663,913 people have died of Covid-19 in the US, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. According to the US Census Bureau, the population of the US as of April 2020 was 331.4 million.

It’s a serious toll that comes as hospitals in the US struggle to keep up with the volume of patients and more children are battling the virus. In hopes of managing the spread and preventing more unnecessary deaths, officials are implementing mandates for vaccinations in workplaces and masks in schools.

They are fighting against a sharp increase in cases and deaths: The US is reporting a more than 30% increase in average daily cases and almost a three-fold increase in average daily deaths over the past month, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control. Is. and prevention.

But with only 54% of the population fully vaccinated, the rate of people starting vaccination each day has declined compared to the previous month.

Health experts have described vaccination as the best source of protection against the virus, noting that most people hospitalized and killed with COVID-19 have not been vaccinated. In Pennsylvania, from January 1 to September 7, 97% of the state’s COVID-19 deaths were among those without vaccinations, Pennsylvania’s acting secretary of health said Tuesday.

Experts say another layer of strong protection is masking.

The CDC advises people – even those who are fully vaccinated – to wear masks indoors in areas with substantial or high community transmission. Over 99% of the population lives in a county with one of those designations.

In Ohio, where children’s hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 and respiratory cases, Governor Mike DeWine is encouraging schools to issue mask mandates after the state legislature has told them that it will take care of any mandates issued to them. will reverse.

“Reasonable people may disagree a lot, but we can all agree that we should put our kids in the classroom so they don’t fall behind and so their parents can go to work and have time to see their kids at home.” Don’t get fired,” Devin said.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN on Tuesday that a combination of masks and vaccinations is the way to keep children in school.

Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “If you surround kids with people who are vaccinated and you’re all wearing masks, you can get into a situation where the kids will be relatively safe in school.”

Winemaking battles over vaccine mandate

In an effort to manage the spread of the virus, many officials and experts have promoted vaccine mandates – but others are opposing such measures.

New York issued an order in August requiring all health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 27. But on Monday, 17 Catholic and Baptist medical professionals filed a federal complaint, seeking to stop the state from implementing the mandate, saying they oppose it. Commentary for religious reasons.

On Tuesday, a federal judge issued a restraining order suspending New York state temporarily from implementing its vaccine mandate if health care workers claim religious exemptions.

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Because the mandate does not require health care workers to receive their first dose of the vaccine until September 27, the judge’s order states that the temporary restraining order “does not, in practice, take effect until that date.”

The hearing is to be held on 28 September.

Following the ruling, New York Governor Cathy Hochul’s press secretary, Hazel Crampton-Hayes, said in a statement that the governor was considering all legal options.

“Governor Hochul is doing everything in his power to protect New Yorkers and combat the delta variant by increasing vaccine rates across the state,” said Crampton-Hayes.

In Los Angeles, despite a mandate that all city employees be vaccinated against the virus, nearly a quarter of the police force is seeking exemptions, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office. Those who have not been vaccinated, if reporting to work regularly, must show evidence of weekly tests and a negative COVID result.

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As of November 1, Nevada workers serving “vulnerable populations” must show proof of vaccination under a new emergency regulation passed Tuesday.

New employees must have at least one dose by their start date and follow the required vaccination schedule to remain employed. Workers are allowed to seek medical or religious exemptions.

Booster Meeting Won’t Be a Slam Dunk

On Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will meet to discuss whether most Americans need a booster for their COVID-19 vaccine.

Unlike other meetings to discuss the vaccine, with a request from Pfizer to authorize a third dose for most people, it won’t be a slam dunk.

“It will be a lot messier than in December,” said Dr. Vanderbilt University infectious disease specialist. William Schaffner said. The FDA committee was quick to recommend authorization of vaccines made by Pfizer and rival Moderna last December.

When the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meets on Friday, it will be presented with dialectical data, some of it suggesting a booster is needed, but other pieces of data suggesting that there is no such need. Not there.

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

On the other hand, an Israeli study found that over time, the potency of vaccines to protect people from getting very sick with COVID-19 decreased. Looking at illnesses in the second half of July, that study found that people who received a second dose of Pfizer’s vaccine in March were 70% more protected from serious illness than those who received a second shot in January. .

1 in 500 US residents have died of COVID-19
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