Senior U.S. Health Officials Warn of Rising COVID Infections | Coronavirus Pandemic News
US surgeon Dr. Vivek Murthy said that the number of cases among the unvaccinated population is increasing.
The American surgeon has stated that he is worried about the future because COVID-19 infections are increasing in every state, and despite widespread vaccination, there are still millions of people who have not been vaccinated, and the virus A contagious new variant of is spreading.
In an interview with CNN’s State of the Union news program on Sunday, Dr. Vivek Murthy said that almost all coronavirus-related deaths in the United States are among tens of millions of unvaccinated people.
“I am very worried about what will happen next because we are seeing more and more unvaccinated cases, especially. Moreover, if you are vaccinated, you can be well protected from hospitalization and death, but unfortunately The thing is, if you are not vaccinated, this is not the case,” Murthy said.
His comment comes from New COVID-19 cases surge in the U.S. Compared with the previous 7 days, this week has increased by 70%, with an average of 30,000 new infections per day, driven by the Delta variant.
The death toll has also increased by 26% every week to an average of 250 people per day, most of which are unvaccinated patients.
The head of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) last week urged countries to continue to take public health measures because of the increase in coronavirus cases in several countries in the Americas, including the United States.
Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday that the region reported nearly 74 million COVID-19 cases and 1.9 million deaths last week, accounting for more than one-third of global COVID-19 cases and more than 40% of reported deaths.
“When complacency arises, the number of cases increases,” Etienne said. “We are all tired, but after experiencing successive peaks of infection in the same location, we must take public health measures as early as possible and consistently to break this cycle.”
Although the number of cases and hospitalizations in the United States is still well below the worst levels of the pandemic at the beginning of this year, Murthy said the deteriorating situation shows the need to persuade more people to get vaccinated.
He said: “This is the fastest and most effective way for us to get rid of this epidemic.”
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of Sunday, 59.4% of American adults (nearly 153.5 million people) have been fully vaccinated, and 68.2% of adults have received at least one dose.
In Las Vegas, with the rising COVID-19 case rate in Nevada, some resorts and casinos once again required employees to wear masks in response to recommendations issued by health officials; in the past two weeks, it has been in various U.S. states The number of new cases per capita ranks fifth.
At the same time, Los Angeles County reinstated its regulations requiring everyone to wear masks in public buildings late Saturday. The San Francisco Bay Area has the highest vaccination rate in California, and health officials recommend that everyone wear masks again in public buildings, regardless of their vaccination status.
But in conservative Alabama, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations more than doubled within a month, and only about one-third of the population was fully vaccinated. Officials refused to reformulate statewide health rules or tried to encourage Inject through lottery and other methods.
Governor Kayvey told reporters last week: “I think our best approach is to encourage everyone to use their common sense, practice personal responsibilities, and keep themselves and their families safe.”