Despite encouraging national trends in coronavirus-related hospitalization and cases, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worries that “epidemic fatigue” could significantly hinder the country’s trajectory towards vaccination-induced herd immunity in the spring is.
Dr. Rochelle Wallensky’s comments also come Additional states Continue to detect excessive communication Coronavirus version First identified in the United Kingdom (B.1.1.7) and South Africa (B.1.351). A different form found in Brazil (P.1) has previously been identified in two The states. The CDC model estimated that strain B.1.1.7 Can become dominant In the US until March.
“I worry that it will be spring and will be enough for all of us,” said Valensky, the editor-in-chief of JAMA. Told Howard Boucher The interview Wednesday. “Around that time, I worry that life will feel and feel a little better and the motivation for those who are hesitant to vaccinate will decrease.”
When states are grappling with vaccine supply issues, a inflection point will come where supply will exceed demand, Valensky said, noting that a consistent scale of vaccination will remain at the point that progress toward herd immunity.
“While I really hope that what can happen in March and April, I really know that it can spoil so fast and we saw it in November. We saw it in December, we saw what could happen is.” We could not access this tweet.
Nevertheless, experts urged the public to take precautions to combat novel viruses and propagate the chain of transmission.
The seven-day average for hospitalized COVID-19 patients continues to fall to a record peak in mid-January, with approximately 130,000 to 67,000 patients recently per year The data Compiled by COVID Tracking Project. The seven-day average for new cases is also to decrease from some 260,000 daily infections at the end of December to 100,000 new cases at the end of December, according to Johns Hopkins University data. In recent times the dip below 100,000 daily new cases marked a milestone for the first time in months.
Public health experts, including Valensky, have accounted for the gradual distancing of cases from the holiday season and decreased hospitalizations, along with their travel and close indoor celebrations.
US now averages 1.7 million doses COVID-19 Vaccination Administered daily, the White House said on Wednesday, an average of 900,000 shots per day a month ago. The latest seven-day daily average data shows an increase of 200,000 doses the week before. More than 15 million people, or about 5% of people, have received two doses as of February 17 or the full course of vaccination.