‘We must’: Biden’s plea to unvaccinated Americans as he announces plan to give disability benefits to ‘tall COVID’ patients
- President Joe Biden pleaded with Americans to get their vaccine as the number of COVID cases jumped nearly 300% in the past three weeks
- “We have to,” Biden said at an event in the Rose Garden when asked how the administration is treating the unvaccinated
- Biden also said some cases of ‘long COVID’ would be classified as a disability een
- “Many Americans who have seemingly recovered from the virus still face lingering challenges, such as breathing problems, brain fog, chronic pain or fatigue”
- “These conditions can sometimes – can sometimes – reach the level of disability,” Biden said
President Joe Biden on Monday pleaded with Americans to get their vaccines as the number of COVID cases rose nearly 300% in the past three weeks.
“We have to,” Biden said at an event in the Rose Garden when asked how the administration will get the unvaccinated people vaccinated.
Biden marked the 31st anniversary of the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act. In his comments, he announced that his government would consider some cases of “prolonged COVID” as a disability.
He noted that this was “the first of its kind to help Americans grapple with the long-term effects of COVID-19 that doctors call long COVID-19.”
Many Americans who have seemingly recovered from the virus still face lingering challenges, such as breathing problems, brain fog, chronic pain or fatigue. These conditions can sometimes – sometimes – reach the level of disability,” Biden noted.
“So we’re bringing agencies together to ensure that Americans who have long-term COVID and have disabilities have access to the rights and resources owed under the Disability Act,” he said.
“Long COVID” includes those who have symptoms more than 60 days after the original diagnosis. It is estimated that one in twenty people can get it.
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise rapidly in the US as the Delta variant tightens its grip on the country.
On Sunday, the country registered 15,711 new cases with a seven-day moving average of 52,116, up 291 percent from the average of 13,305 three weeks ago.
Every state and the District of Columbia reports that the number of infections has risen or has remained stable in the past week, according to an analysis of Johns Hopkins data from DailyMail.com.
In addition, 56 COVID-19 deaths were recorded on Sunday with a seven-day moving average of 281.
The number of fatalities, a lagging indicator, has not increased dramatically, but has instead increased slightly by 17 percent from the average of 239 three weeks earlier.
Health officials say this is because people are now protected by vaccines, although in states with less vaccine uptake, hospitals are filling up as the highly contagious Delta strain spreads.
Florida, Missouri and Texas — which currently account for 40 percent of all U.S. cases — are seeing record highs for hospital patients and doctors say they are now bracing for a fourth wave.
The US registered 15,711 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday with a seven-day moving average of 52,116, up 291% from the average of 13,305 recorded three weeks ago.
Deaths have remained relatively stable, with 56 recorded on Sunday and a seven-day moving average of 281, 17% higher than the average of 239 recorded three weeks earlier
Every state and the District of Columbia reports that coronavirus infections have risen or remained stable in the past week
Florida continues to lead the nation in COVID-19 cases with an average of 18,292 cases per day, data from Johns Hopkins University shows.
That’s 439 percent of the 3,392 average cases reported two weeks ago.