The United States now has an average of 100,000 new COVID-19 infections every day, back to the last milestone that occurred during the winter surge as health officials urge people to get vaccinated to stop the virus surge Delta variant.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nationwide, 70.6% of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 60.9% are considered to have been fully vaccinated.
But millions of people are still unvaccinated, and the number of infections has surged in states with low vaccination rates, such as Florida and Texas.
“Our model shows that if we don’t [vaccinate people], We may have as many as hundreds of thousands of cases every day, similar to the surge in early January,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on CNN this week.
It took the United States about 9 months to break the average number of cases of 100,000 in November, and then peaked at about 250,000 in early January. The number of cases bottomed out in June, with an average of about 11,000 cases per day, but after six weeks the number was 107,143.
The number of hospitalizations and deaths is also increasing rapidly, but still below the peak before the vaccine was widely used across the country at the beginning of this year.
“The correlation between vaccination and hospitalization is very clear. Health officials emphasized that People who are vaccinated may still get the virus, But the consequences are far less serious than those who have not been vaccinated,” Al Jazeera’s Mike Hannah reported in Washington, DC.
Hannah said that the recent surge in the number of infections has prompted some governors who have not come out to support vaccination before to change their minds, but there are still major differences in mask requirements.
“The southern states are totally opposed to wearing masks. Other states, especially the eastern states, are now mandatory to wear masks again. Therefore, there are different ways to deal with this virus,” he said.
Increase in hospitalization
According to CDC data, more than 44,000 Americans are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, an increase of 30% within a week, almost four times the number of hospitalizations in June. More than 120,000 people were hospitalized in January.
Health officials have Warning for weeks Cases are increasing throughout the United States, especially in states with low vaccination rates.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert and chief medical adviser to the White House, said last week that “more pain and suffering” is still to come, and once again called on Americans to give injections, saying that the increase in infections was “an outbreak of an epidemic”. break out”. People who have not been vaccinated”.
“If you look at the acceleration in the number of cases, the situation will get worse, the 7-day average has risen sharply,” Fauci said on August 1, Explaining that about 100 million people who are eligible for COVID-19 injection have not yet been vaccinated.
Last week, Florida Broke his own record For daily COVID-19 hospitalizations, the state accounts for more than 20% of new cases and hospitalizations nationwide, three times the proportion of its population.
Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who is running for re-election and looking at the Republican presidential race in 2024, said that he will not implement a statewide mask or other measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
He and US President Joe Biden had a verbal quarrel in recent days. DeSantis accused Biden of wanting to steal the “freedom” of Floridans. Biden urged DeSantis to “step out” if he did not want to fight the epidemic. Local officials. .
According to the CDC, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky accounted for 41% of new hospitalizations in the United States, twice the proportion of the total population.
Dr. David Perth, the chief medical officer of Houston, Texas, said that because there are no beds, some ambulances wait for hours in hospitals in the Houston area to unload patients. Persse said he is concerned that this will lead to longer response times to 911 medical calls.
“The current healthcare system is almost at the point of collapse,” Percy said on Thursday. “For the next three weeks or so, I don’t think there is any relief from what happened in the emergency department.”