American coronavirus: delta variant and vaccine reluctance increase hospitalizations and deaths
– The average number of new cases of Covid-19 each day last week was 32,278. This is a 66% jump from the average daily rate of the previous week and 145% more than the rate of two weeks ago.
– An average of 258 Americans died from Covid-19 every day over the past week – up 13% from the daily death rate the week before.
– And 24,923 people are hospitalized with Covid-19, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. That’s an increase of 26% from last week and 50% from two weeks ago.
There is a common theme among those behind the worsening Covid-19 numbers, said Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
“It is becoming an unvaccinated pandemic,” Walensky said during a Covid-19 briefing on Friday.
More than 97% of people hospitalized with Covid-19 are now unvaccinated, Walensky said.
And 99.5% of deaths are among the unvaccinated, US surgeon general Vivek Murthy said on Sunday.
Getting people vaccinated as quickly as possible “is our fastest and most effective way out of this pandemic,” Murthy said.
California has highest Covid-19 test positivity rate since winter wave
The rise in the number of new cases in California – mainly due to the highly contagious Delta variant – continues to swell, now reaching levels not seen since February, when new cases were down after a huge winter peak.
More than 14,000 new cases of coronavirus were reported on Monday, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 3,762,462. The California Department of Public Health no longer reports new data on weekends, so Monday’s count reflects cases reported Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“This is a massive and disproportionately large pandemic among those who have not been vaccinated,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday.
The state is working to refocus its vaccination campaign on small mobile clinics and additional awareness of unvaccinated subsets, Newsom said.
Among these are the homeless, those who live in rural communities and those who he says have been deceived by disinformation.
About half of the state’s population is on mask warrants and recommendations again, with four other counties in central and northern California – Napa, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey – issuing mask recommendations Monday.
Hospitals “are going to have real problems” at this rate
“We have doubled our number of Covid hospitalizations over the past week, and it’s a much more exponential increase in the number of patients compared to what we saw in January,” Neilsen said on Monday.
“My biggest fear is that patients will keep coming in and that we will not be able to provide them with the care we need because we have no staff or resources.”
On Monday, Neilsen said the hospital had enough beds and supplies.
“But the staffing shortages are really starting to affect not only us, but the rest of the hospital community here in Jacksonville,” he said. “If we don’t have the staff to take care of the patients, that’s when we’re going to have real problems.”
A University of Arkansas official for medical sciences also expressed concern about the future of patient care if the rapid rise in the number of Covid-19 patients did not slow down.
Chancellor Cam Patterson said in a question and answer session on Twitter on Thursday that hospitals were “full right now and cases are doubling every 10 days.”
Pediatricians: all people over 2 years old should wear masks at school
On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended universal masking in schools for all people over 2 years of age, regardless of their immunization status, unless a health or developmental issue precludes it. wearing a mask.
“There are a lot of children and others who cannot be vaccinated,” said Dr Sara Bode, chair-elect of the AAP Council on School Health Executive Committee.
“This is why it is important to use all the tools in our toolkit to protect children from COVID-19. Universal masking is one such tool and has been shown to be effective in protecting people from other respiratory illnesses. It is also the most effective. strategy to create consistent messages and expectations among students without having to monitor individual immunization status. “
According to a CNN analysis, at least nine states – Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Vermont – have enacted legislation prohibiting districts from requiring masks in schools. All nine states have Republican governors.
Some states – including Connecticut, Hawaii, New Mexico, New York, Virginia, and Washington – are following AAP guidelines for requiring masks among K-12 students regardless of their immunization status. .
Doctors say that one of the important reasons adults should get vaccinated is to protect children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine.
“Our children who are not vaccinated, they depend on us to protect them from the spread of the virus. We are their shields,” US surgeon general Vivel Murthy told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday.
“And so even if you don’t want to do it yourself, consider getting vaccinated to protect the children in your community. They depend on us,” Murthy said.
With these pediatric trials, “So far things look good, but the final decision will be with the FDA,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“And I imagine that probably won’t happen until the onset of winter, towards the end of this year.”
Delta variant sends young people to hospital
The director-general of the World Health Organization said the Delta variant is the most contagious strain of coronavirus identified.
The Delta variant is also sending younger and previously healthy people to hospitals – the vast majority of whom have not been vaccinated, according to doctors in several states with flare-ups.
“This year’s virus is not last year’s virus,” said Dr. Catherine O’Neal, an infectious disease specialist at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“It attacks our 40s. It attacks our parents and our young grandparents. And it attracts our children,” O’Neal said. She said her Covid-19 unit now had more patients in their 20s than before during the pandemic.
In the face of widespread misinformation about the virus and the vaccine, McClure urged people to use reliable sources and “make sure people have the right information.”
Misinformation “takes away our freedom,” Murthy said, adding that inaccurate information inhibits the power of people to make informed decisions about their health and that of their families.
And with the virus’s disproportionate impact on unvaccinated people, the consequences can be serious.
“All of this misinformation going around has a real cost that can be measured in lives lost, and it’s tragic,” Murthy said.
Trump administration official: Delta will likely hit those who aren’t protected
“And for most people who get this Delta variant, it will be the most serious virus they get in their lifetime in terms of their risk of putting them in the hospital,” Gottlieb told CBS. “Face the Nation “Sunday.
Delta is the most transmissible variant of Covid-19 to date, said Murthy and Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“It is a virus that has now shown us that it has a very strong ability to spread from person to person more efficiently than previous prototype viruses that we have known,” Fauci said on Monday.
Fauci said those vaccinated are always “very well protected – to the tune of 90% or more – against hospitalizations, serious illness and death”, and that this has “held up, no matter where it is. finds the study – in the United States or in several foreign countries.
“So although you are dealing with a virus which, due to this extreme ability to spread from person to person, causes more infections, including breakthrough infections in people who have been vaccinated, for those who are vaccinated, he is still doing very well against serious illnesses, “he added. he said.
“Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of unvaccinated people (…) one can expect among the unvaccinated hospitalizations and possibly, in some situations, death.”
CNN’s Deidre McPhillips, Naomi Thomas, Leyla Santiago, Claudia Dominguez, Ben Tinker and Natasha Chen contributed to this report.