This is the weird and deadly new Covid puzzle:
- The vaccine saves lives and we have it. Public health professionals are shouting that every single new Covid death in the US can be prevented by a vaccine the country abounds in.
- Some don’t trust him. Much of the US in numerous groups cannot be persuaded to take the vaccine despite the experience of the past year and a half.
- Freedom to infect. Some Republican lawmakers and governors appear to be actively trying to deter Americans from the vaccine the health community insists will save lives.
Convinces the unconvinced. I saw a very sad interview on CNN on Friday in which sisters from Arkansas who lost their unvaccinated mother to Covid stated that she just didn’t believe the disease would come to her.
“I tried to be very factual with her, what we know about Covid and that you can get it from someone who isn’t even showing symptoms,” said Rachel Maginn Rosser Kate Bolduan of CNN. “And I don’t really know, I don’t know if your mind has really changed. She was – she was stubborn and so she decided she wouldn’t, and so she wasn’t going to … do it. “
Breakthrough cases. The vaccine does not completely stop transmission. There are more and more stories of vaccinated people getting infected with Covid. But they do not die or are mostly hospitalized.
The New York Yankees had so-called “breakthrough” cases of Covid in vaccinated players for the second time this season, which postponed the game against the Red Sox planned for Thursday.
NFL network moderator Rich Eisen shared his breakthrough on Covid and encouraged people to get vaccinated even if they might still get the disease.
Cases decreased. Now they are up. Cases are increasing at different rates in all 50 states, an abrupt change from a few weeks ago.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the seven-day average of new cases in the US hit a low in the week of June 20. In less than a month, that number has more than doubled to 26,306 new cases per day.
Vaccinations have stalled. The pace of new full vaccinations – around 302,000 per day – is less than a quarter of the high of 1.3 million vaccinations per day in the spring, according to CDC data.
Re-masking. Los Angeles County officials are reintroducing indoor mask requirements for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. According to the county, which is more than 10 million people, more than 1,500 new cases were reported in Los Angeles on Thursday, up from just 210 in mid-June.
Los Angeles has a relatively high level of vaccination. Other areas, while not as densely populated, are at risk because their populations are nowhere near as vaccinated.
Vaccination helps slow down transmission. “If you look at the New England and Mid-Atlantic states, which are doing so well and where almost all adults and teenagers are vaccinated, it has the added benefit of really reducing the overall rate of transmission to the community,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccinologist and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, John King of CNN on Friday, “So that protects some of the unvaccinated as well.”
Anticipate hot spots. He added, “On the other hand, if you look at the other extreme, in places like Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, almost no one is vaccinated except the elderly Americans. What you are going to see is that transmission is speeding up and us “We will see a lot of teenagers and young people get sick.”
The delta variant could be more transferable in schools. More Hotez: “What really worries me is here in the south, sometimes the school year starts pretty early in August. And now we’re going to bring all these people together in the schools. It’s going to be tough.” “
The school question is again hotly debated. Many Americans became more comfortable with the idea of face-to-face tuition by the end of the senior year when cases declined, masks were commonplace, and vaccination rates rose.
However, there is no indication that the FDA will approve Covid vaccines for children under the age of 12 anytime soon.
And many Americans, vaccinated or not, gave up the masks after the CDC said they wouldn’t be needed outdoors or indoors for most situations while a person was vaccinated.
Forced Freedoms. Republican-led states have tried to outdo each other by restricting the power of cities and counties to impose Covid restrictions in the event of a new outbreak.
Nearby California put on a strict statewide mask mandate for K-12 students and eventually decided to leave the decision to the local counties.
A governor’s complaint. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed such a bill to prevent schools from requiring vaccinations, although he has also argued that the Food and Drug Administration must fully approve the vaccines, which currently only have an emergency approval, despite the fact that Government is desperately trying to get Americans to take them. Almost half the country has!
“It is high time for the FDA to take into account that hundreds of millions of people have received these vaccines and move them from an emergency basis to a regular basis,” DeWine said this week, according to the WBNS. “This will help us get more people vaccinated in Ohio and across the country.”
DeWine has a valid statement regarding the FDA, but signing the bill probably didn’t help with the hesitant vaccination either. Ohio’s vaccination rate of 46% is below the national average.