Wednesday, January 26, 2022

As Omicron sweeps the country, New York State offers a glimmer of hope

The state is “turning the corner on winter growth,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday.

After a peak positivity rate of 23% on January 3, it is now 16.3% and Covid-19 hospitalizations have also started declining, she said in a news conference.

“It’s still high, but it will eventually catch up with the trend that just started,” Hochul said.

It reported 49,027 new Covid-19 cases, saying it is “a very positive trend” as the state had reported over 90,000 cases just a week ago.

About weeks ago, when New Yorkers returned to work after the New Year’s break, Hochul’s message was very serious, warning that the state was “not in a good place” due to the rapid spread of the virus.

We fully anticipate on top of the boom that is already underway that there is going to be another wave as a result of these holidays,” she said on Jan.

On Friday, he said residents needed to be vigilant.

“Recap: Cases are looming, corners are turning, and we have to continue to be vigilant. We’re not going to increase football, get it?” Hochul said.

CDC Update Facade Guidance

And while cases in New York are running low, hospitalizations for COVID-19 are at a nationally record low — 157,272 as of Friday — according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services.

In addition, two years into the pandemic, more than 1 in 5 eligible Americans have not received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Friday, the CDC updated its mask guidance, clarifying that some types of masks and respirators offer more protection from the coronavirus than others.

“Masking is an important public health tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it is important to remember that any mask is better than no mask,” the CDC said in a statement.

The updated information recommends that Americans wear the most protective mask or respirator they can find that fits well.

At least one expert wishes the guidance had arrived sooner.

“We’ve known for a year that COVID is airborne, and the quality of masks matters,” said Dr. Lena Wayne, CNN medical analyst and former Baltimore City Health Commissioner.

“At least wear a surgical mask with a cloth mask on top of that. Just one layer of cloth mask isn’t enough. If the guidelines were changed months ago, we might not be where we are with Omicron ,” He said .

Study: 5. Omicron is ‘naturally lighter’ than Delta in children younger than

Although the current Covid-19 wave is affecting children across the US with record high infections and school closures, a new study says the Omicron variant is “naturally mild” in children under the age of 5. , infection causes “significantly less serious consequences”. Delta version.

The preprint study found an approximately 70% reduction in hospitalizations, ICU admissions and mechanical ventilation in children infected with Omicron compared to children infected with Delta.

It also found a 29% reduction in emergency room visits.

About 1% of children infected with Omicron were hospitalized, compared to about 3% of children with Delta.

“Despite this encouraging result, further studies are needed to monitor the long-term acute outcomes from omicron infection, ‘longer COVID development trend, intensity of dissemination, mutation potential, and pre-infection clinical How to change the reactions.” The researchers of the study wrote.

The study included about 7,000 children infected when the Omicron variant was dominant and about 63,000 children infected when the Delta variant was dominant.

Data on deaths were not included, as only a few were reported.

Overall, the number of Covid-19 deaths nationally has been the worst since last winter, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The US reported an average of 1,659 Covid-19 deaths over the past week, compared to the highest daily average of 3,402 on January 13, 2021.

Children’s hospitalization at record level in Alabama

In Alabama, which has one of the lowest child vaccination rates in the country, pediatric hospitalization is at a record high.

“In a crisis of high virus transmission with the Omicron variant, immediate measures are critical,” Alabama Health District Medical Officer Dr. Wes Stubblefield said in a statement.

The department, along with the Alabama chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is urging parents to reduce children’s exposure to the virus in schools and public places, wear well-fitting masks, and get vaccinated if eligible.

The state’s largest school system will go virtual next week to address the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Mobile County Public Schools superintendent Chrisel Threadgill said the number of positive cases made it “difficult for staff at many of our schools.”

Although the students are expected to return to class on January 24, the decision will be taken keeping in mind the current COVID-19 numbers.

Many hospitals are stopping non-urgent procedures and relying on the National Guard as Covid-19 hospitalizes

Alabama schools reported 16,035 cases of Covid-19 this week, with four of the 143 districts reporting them.

Child vaccination rates are also low in Alabama. It is reported that about 10.5% of children in the age group 5-11 and 35.5% in the age group 12-17 have started vaccination. Nationally, the rate of at least one dose is 27% in the 5-11 age group and 64% in the 12-17 age group, according to the American Association of Pediatrics.

Nationally, many school districts that introduced distance learning due to high COVID-19 cases among students and staff are planning to return to individual classes in the next few weeks.

Most schools in Philadelphia and New Jersey will reopen on Tuesday.

The Clark County school district, the largest in Nevada and the fourth largest in the US, is taking a break to deal with staffing shortages, but in-person classes are expected to resume in the middle of next week.

Officials said more Cincinnati public schools will be back in class on January 24 if staffing levels are high enough to safely reopen schools.

CNN’s Mirna Alsharif, Amy Simonson, Paradise Officer, Deidre McPhillips, Virginia Langmead and Elizabeth Stuart


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