US coronavirus: We’ve got to do one thing dramatic to guard the US from Covid-19, says knowledgeable
“We see this because the public has misunderstood the CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated people as’ We can do what we want now. Even if we are not vaccinated, we can now act as if we were vaccinated, ”said CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday that Covid-19 cases are increasing in almost every state, with the average number of new cases being at least 10% higher than a week ago – and 38 states are seeing an increase of at least 50, according to data % Johns Hopkins University data. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many experts have attributed the increase to slowing vaccination rates, with only 48.3% of the US population being fully vaccinated.
The Delta variant is having a big impact in Arkansas, where only 35.1% of the population is fully vaccinated, said University of Arkansas Chancellor for Medical Sciences Cam Patterson. “
In Missouri, a local health department has asked the state to fund staff and a location for a Covid-19 foster home to step up in severe cases, according to a statement from the Springfield-Greene County Department of Health.
There is still hope to avoid an increase in falls, said CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, if enough people were vaccinated. However, if the trend of rising cases continues, cities and states could introduce travel restrictions for unvaccinated travelers, she told ABC Good Morning America.
“I think now is our time to really double up our vaccination efforts and our other prevention efforts,” she said. “We still have to send the same messages as we did last year,” said Walensky.
In an interview with NBC Nightly News, Walensky said things could get worse in the pandemic with rising case numbers, falling vaccination rates, and the spread of the Delta variant.
In California, Los Angeles County – the country’s largest county with a population of 10 million – has responded to a surge in cases and hospital stays by reintroducing mask requirements from Saturday.
“Right now, it’s time for locales to follow the example of the LA borough,” Wen said.
Colleges and universities with mandatory vaccination
Some companies and hospitals have already obliged their employees to vaccinate, and some universities are now also implementing requirements.
Rhode Island is the first state where all public and private colleges and universities require their students to have a full vaccination before returning to campus this fall, Governor Dan McKee announced this week.
Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, Rhode Island health director, said in the state news release that vaccinations are “key” to a successful academic year.
“We can’t let our vigilance down now,” said Scott. “The Delta variant is now in circulation in parts of the country where many of our students live. The good news is that the vaccines protect against this variant. Those who are not vaccinated should get vaccinated today. “
And the University of California, the largest public university system in the country, has announced that all students, faculty, and staff will be fully vaccinated before returning to campus in the fall. Those not exempt from vaccination will be barred from in-person classes, activities and accommodation, UC officials said Thursday.
Experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci have said local vaccine mandates could be helpful in protecting the US from another surge. And such mandates could become easier for private companies as vaccines move forward.
On average, about 343,000 people are vaccinated each day, a pace less than a quarter of the rate two months ago when more than 1.3 million people were vaccinated daily.
“Getting full consent – out of emergency authorization and moving into full consent – will clear up all legal issues private employers may have,” said former US Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday.
With so many people hesitating or resisting the vaccine and vaccination rates falling, restrictions on work and schooling can be key in motivating the public to reach the threshold necessary to slow or stop the spread.
Misinformation costs lives
Meanwhile, according to a CNN analysis of data from the US Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, the main reasons for hesitation about Covid-19 vaccines are suspicion and misinformation.
Almost half of people who said they “definitely” or “probably” won’t get a Covid-19 vaccine cited suspicion of the vaccines as a reason for not getting vaccinated, according to the latest data released on Wednesday and based on survey responses from June 23rd to July 5th. That’s up from about a month ago, when 46% of people who said they didn’t get vaccinated gave the same reason.
And in the latest survey, more than half of people said they “definitely” or “probably” wouldn’t get a Covid-19 vaccine because they were concerned about side effects, up from 49% about a month ago.
“Millions of people currently do not have access to accurate information because we observe the rampant spread of misinformation on social media platforms and other technology platforms that is killing people,” said US surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy Jake Tapper from CNN.
Much of this information often comes from people with good intentions, he added, saying that they think they are providing helpful information, but that misinformation often travels faster than accurate information.
Conversations in social circles could be a big part of the solution, he added.
“It’s about having your peers talk to like-minded people,” Murthy said during a Stanford University panel on Thursday. “Remember, all of these conversations start with listening first … so try to understand where someone is from, why they are worried. It may not always be what you think it is. “
CNN’s Gregory Lemos, Carma Hassan, Naomi Thomas, Lauren Mascarenhas, Jacqueline Howard, Deidre McPhillips, Virginia Langmaid and Sarah Braner contributed to this report.