By Madeline Holcombe, CNN
(CNN) – while covid-19 case Nearly every state in the United States has surged over the past week, with a handful fueling the nationwide surge.
White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Ziants told reporters Thursday that the country had “radically changed the course of this pandemic” and that the risk of serious illness and death is now for the uninsured.
He said Countries with highest case rates Vaccination rates are quite low compared to other regions. And some states have seen many new cases.
“This week, only three states, Florida, Texas and Missouri, three states with low vaccination rates account for 40 percent of all cases nationwide,” Ziants said at a White House news conference. “For the second week in a row, all but one in five cases occur in Florida alone. And within communities, these cases occur primarily in unvaccinated people.”
But Florida is one of five states with higher vaccination rates for people with the highest case rates than the national average.
“Each shot counts,” he said. “Each additional person fully vaccinated is one step closer to leaving this pandemic behind.”
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there are an average of 34,056 new Covid-19 cases in the US every day – a 55% increase from the previous week.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently said he would not implement another mask mandate. They told CNN Affiliate KPRC They believe that sufficient immunity has been acquired through vaccines or exposure and that it would be unfair to force people who are already immunized to wear masks.
According to CDC data, 43.1% of the Texas population has been fully vaccinated. CDC advises People should get vaccinated regardless of whether they have COVID-19 and many doctors believe that the immunity you get from vaccination chances are strong Compared to the immunity you got from a previous infection.
Young people with Covid-19 should have ‘a huge wakeup call’, says Alabama doctor
With Covid-19 cases Health experts say they are concerned about the next chapter of the pandemic – especially for young Americans, who say they are feeling the effects.
Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. “We know that in our ICU, we are seeing young people who are very sick or who are on the floor and very sick,” said Jean Marazzo. “It must be a huge wake-up call.”
With one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, Marazzo said, Alabama is “at the beginning of a wildfire” when it comes to spreading Covid-19. And like many other health professionals in states with low vaccination rates, he said he sincerely hopes stories and data showing the virus’s impact will inspire young people to get vaccinated.
Project Kovid-19 deaths and hospitalizations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published on Wednesday are likely to increase over the next four weeks.
Meanwhile, the vaccination rate, which health experts have stressed as a key part of plans to bring the virus under control, is at its lowest since January, with an average of 516,441 doses reported each day of the previous week . to CDC.
Nationally 48.8% of people have been fully vaccinated, but some states, such as Alabama with 33.9% and Arkansas with 35.5%, are not specifically vaccinated to achieve high enough vaccination rates to slow or stop the spread of the virus. are fighting for, According to the CDC.
It’s especially heartbreaking, say two doctors, when patients decide they want the vaccine too late.
“What I really wish you could see, is to look into the eyes of a young father or a gentleman who knows they may be less to this world because they didn’t get their vaccine, and the regret and remorse — and fear,” said Dr. Michael Boulding at Washington Regional Medical Center in Arkansas he made a video Begging residents of Arkansas to get vaccinated.
A doctor in Alabama said that one of the last things his patients do before being intubated because of COVID-19 is begging him for a vaccine, but telling him it’s too late.
When those patients die and she talks to their families, they tell her they thought the virus was a hoax, said Dr. Brittany Cobia of Grandview Medical Center in a facebook post. She said she tells them that the best way to honor their loved one is to get vaccinated.
“I go back to my office, write his death note, and make a small prayer that this loss will save more lives,” Kobia wrote, urging people to ask questions about the vaccine. “It’s not too late, but someday it might be.”
COVID-19 has disengaged people ‘in their places’, says expert
Although health officials are concerned about the spread of the more permeable delta variant, National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins and CDC Director Dr. Experts like Rochelle Valensky said people who have been vaccinated are still well protected.
The Delta variant is “one of the most contagious respiratory viruses we know, and I have seen in my 20-year career,” Valensky said Thursday.
“The good news is that existing scientific evidence suggests that our current vaccines are working as well as they did in clinical trials, even with the delta variant,” Valensky said at a White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing. Even against.”
The same is not true, Collins said, for uneducated Americans.
“For people who haven’t been vaccinated, it’s becoming a pandemic that’s right in front of you,” Collins told CNN’s Jim Acosta on Wednesday.
“We are in trouble, as the CDC’s projections show, in the coming weeks, especially in parts of the country where vaccination rates are low and the delta is widespread,” Collins said.
Los Angeles County reported 2,551 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, a 20-fold increase in a month, according to the Department of Public Health. Exactly a month ago, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 124 new cases.
Dr Paul Offit, a member of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccine Advisory Committee, said the spread of COVID-19 not only has consequences for those who directly infect it, but it also increases the risk of new variants forming.
“The virus will continue to reproduce itself, causing suffering and hospitalization, and worse, there will continue to be a chance to create variants that are much more resistant to vaccine-induced immunity,” Offit said.
Even people who have been infected with the virus should be vaccinated, Valensky said.
“If you already have a COVID infection, CDC guidance strongly recommends that you get vaccinated,” Valensky said.
“It gives you longer-lasting and more robust protection with the breadth and depth of coverage needed to conquer the variants currently running in this country.”
Vaccines are the strongest tool, but mask policies can help
The increased spread and the risks posed by not having adequate vaccinations have prompted some leaders to advocate for a return to mask policies.
Former US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post that the CDC “urgently needs to revise its guidance on masking to counter the rapid increase in COVID-19 infections driven by delta variants.”
Vaccination is the strongest tool to fight the virus, he said, but rates are still too low and “with many communities – especially communities of color – facing another devastating wave of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.” At risk, masks are the next best tool officials have in places where vaccination levels remain low, despite the rapid rise in COVID cases.”
A study published Wednesday in JAMA Network Open found that protective measures – such as masks, hand washing and physical distancing – help protect against the spread.
Not one of the more than 500 essential workers who continued to work at Colorado State University in Fort Collins during the first six months of the pandemic tested positive for COVID-19 in the months studied.
In places like New Orleans, leaders have advised residents to wear masks indoors when with people outside of their immediate home.
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