US Coronavirus: Almost half of US states have reported an increase in Covid-19 cases this week. Here’s What Experts Say May Help Stop Another Wave

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In Michigan, hospitals are increasingly overwhelmed and reaching capacity in part because of the influx of new coronavirus cases. National and local authorities across the country are trying to avoid a similar situation and are pushing to increase immunization levels among adults, showing signs of continued improvement.

More than 30% of American adults have been fully vaccinated, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a CNN analysis has allowed some states to vaccinate all consenting adults by June.

However, between varying rates of vaccine hesitancy and the timing of immunizations, the immunization schedule for all adult volunteers varies considerably from state to state – a growing concern as, for some places, a new surge may have happened.

“We have destroyed this virus three times already, but we have to bring it down a fourth time,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday as the state’s infection count rose again.

In order to avoid another outbreak as well as variants of Covid-19 that could be more infectious, health experts continue to recommend wearing masks, social distancing and, above all, vaccination.

“Vaccines have already saved thousands of lives,” Emory University executive associate dean of medicine, Dr. Carlos del Rio, told CNN. “We have seen mortality in the United States drop despite the increase in cases, and that’s because we are vaccinating people. “

Dr Kawsar Talaat, an infectious disease physician and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told CNN on Thursday that while CDC data showed that vaccines cannot completely prevent all Covid infections. 19, such cases of “escape” are rare. Widespread vaccination means less virus circulates and there is less chance of exposure.

“That’s the whole point of getting collective immunity,” Talaat said. “Because once we get to a point where enough people in the community are vaccinated, then if someone develops Covid in that community, the people around them are protected and it is much more difficult for that person. to transmit the virus to someone else, and therefore the transmission stops. ”

While more than 78% of people aged 75 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine, the percentage of vaccinated people aged 18 to 29 is around 25%, according to CDC data. And young and relatively healthy people who have previously had Covid-19 should still get vaccinated to avoid reinfection, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

The effect of increasing infection rates is felt at the local level. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said Thursday that although more than 36% of residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, hospitalizations are increasing.

“It’s a lagging indicator, so not a direction we want to go,” DeWine said.

“We just have to keep going,” DeWine said. “We know how to get out of this. You know, it’s not five months, four months ago, we know how to get out of it, and we have the tool to get out of it. We just have to use the and we have to use it every day. And that is to vaccinate. “

States push to stay ahead of rise in infections

Across the country, states are rushing to vaccinate as many residents as possible.

“We know that these vaccines are really primarily responsible for the 90% reduction in deaths that we have seen in the first 13 weeks of 2021,” said Dr. Clay Marsh, West Virginia Covid-19 Tsar on Thursday.

Realizing that transportation can be a barrier for some, Rhode Island has announced that free public transport trips to and from vaccination appointments will be available starting Monday.

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“This is a big win for Rhode Island’s vaccination efforts,” Governor Dan McKee said. “I hope that the free trips will make it easy for anyone who wants to go to a vaccination clinic. “

News from several states was cautiously optimistic, with Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Connecticut and Georgia all showing an increase in the number of vaccines.

New York reported its lowest number of hospitalizations since Dec. 1, and more than half of adults in New York City had received at least one dose of a vaccine, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

Citing a 95% drop in the state’s daily average deaths, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has announced that a mask term that expires on Friday will not be renewed.

“The lifting of the warrant does not diminish the importance of wearing a face mask,” Sununu said, noting that the numbers remain high statewide. “We call on people to continue taking action to protect their own health, the health of their family and friends, and the health of their community. “

Johnson & Johnson vaccine side effects investigated

While vaccine distribution continues, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine remains on hold.

A severe form of blood clot in the brain known as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) may be related to the vaccine, but the rate of occurrence is rare. So far, only six cases have been reported in the United States of the approximately 7 million doses administered to date. One person has died and another is in critical condition, an FDA official said on Tuesday.

One of the six cases involved a 26-year-old woman from Pennsylvania, according to the state health department, who recovered after being treated in a hospital. The state, which is suspending the distribution of J&J until April 24, said federal oversight of vaccine safety was working as intended.

“The safety procedures built into the vaccination process are working and should inspire confidence in the safety and efficacy of available Covid-19 vaccines,” Pennsylvania Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said. “I urge people who have appointments scheduled to receive a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine to keep those appointments. “

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After the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended a recess on Tuesday, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met on Wednesday without voting on taking any further action, saying more than The information was needed, and CDC vaccine advisers scheduled a meeting. for April 23 to determine if further intervention is required.

“I hope we will have a decision very soon on whether or not we can get back on track with this very effective vaccine,” Dr Anthony Fauci said at a Congressional hearing Thursday.

Emergency technicians test patients for Covid-19 outside the emergency entrance to Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Thursday.Emergency technicians test patients for Covid-19 outside the emergency entrance to Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Thursday.

In response, Johnson & Johnson has decided to suspend vaccinations in all of its clinical trials as the company updates “advice for investigators and participants,” according to a press release on Tuesday afternoon.

Vaccine recipients who develop severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks of vaccination should contact their health care provider, the CDC and the FDA said.

For those who received the J&J vaccine more than a month ago, the risk is “very low,” CDC senior deputy director Dr Anne Schuchat said in a virtual briefing on Tuesday.

Maggie Fox, Deidre McPhillips, Naomi Thomas, Amanda Sealy, Sandee LaMotte, Jen Christensen, Kristina Sgueglia, Juliana Battaglia, Rebekah Riess, Andy Rose, Jacqueline Howard, Virginia Langmaid, Melissa Alonso, Lauren Mascarenhas and Nadia Kounang contributed to this report.

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