“More than 100,000 people are being treated for COVID in hospitals in the country right now, the highest number in seven months, we’ve been dealing with this pandemic for a year and a half,” the anchor said on Good morning America this morning. How can you stay safe? Virus expert Dr. Ashish Jha appeared on the show to offer some contact. Read on – and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss this one Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.
Can it get any worse than what we saw last year? “I hope not,” Jha said. “And I think part of what you hear from doctors and nurses is just a relentlessness of it, the 18 months of it. And I also think most of us thought once we got through the winter or people started getting people vaccinated, we said, okay, the worst is behind us. We’re not going to experience this again. I just didn’t think we, we, each of us expected a third of Americans to choose not to get vaccinated. So I hope we never go back to the worst winter. But you know, hope is not a strategy. We need to get more people vaccinated.”
More than 2,100 children have now been hospitalized, the largest number in a year. “The cause of the high number of children becoming infected is that a large number of adults in those communities are becoming infected,” said Dr. yah. “It’s worth remembering that kids get infected for the most part from adults. And that’s what drives this now, when it comes to schools, if you have infected kids walking into schools, they’re going to spread it to their friends, right? That’s what kids do that. And the reason for having masks, especially in areas with major outbreaks, but I really think all over the country now, is that we can prevent that transmission as well. We have to protect children and these are easy ways Vaccinations and masks.”
Pfizer’s CEO said this week that he expects more mutations from COVID. “Well, it’s certainly possible,” virus expert Michael Osterholm said GMA3. “I think everything we’re looking at right now should give us a lot of humility, because this virus has definitely thrown us crooked balls. But right now, for example, with the Delta virus, we don’t see any evidence of that actually evading the immune protection of the [vaccinated] individual. We can certainly see that your protection may wane in six to eight months, which would then come into play with the booster. It’s so very contagious that we see that in some people that’s probably the breakthrough cases. These are people whose level of virus they were breathing was so great that it overwhelmed the protection of what the vaccine could provide. Remember, these people generally still have a much, much milder disease, but they’re still getting infected.”
The deaths frustrate Jha because “it’s so preventable now. Seven, eight months ago we didn’t have a vaccine that was widely available. And it was much more understandable. The situation we were in now, almost every one of those is preventable with a vaccine. We have to do that better. We have to do it better.”
Follow public health basics and help end this pandemic wherever you live – get vaccinated as soon as possible; if you live in an area with a low vaccination coverage, wear an N95 face mask, don’t travel, social distancing, avoid crowds, don’t go in with people you don’t hide with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and that of others, don’t visit any of these 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.