No one told COVID about your fun summer plans; it’s ruining the party massively as cases spread across America, the Olympics, and everywhere, fueled by the new and “more portable” Delta variant. As a result, the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are increasing. dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, appeared on CNN recently to discuss the lives at stake. Read on for five essential life-saving tips – and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss them Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.
“We are literally on the brink of what could be a major crisis,” Osterholm said. “Let me point out that we’ve been tracking what’s happening in England for about three weeks. Today they’ve reported nearly 49,000 cases. If that same number had occurred here for our population size, that would be 200,000 cases today. I don’t think people understand what the potential is ahead of us. Where this Delta variant has really taken off, it’s really taken off, and it seems to be doing so right now across the country.”
Ostertholm wrote a paper with other experts in The New England Journal of Medicine “More than two months ago, he explained the challenges of holding the Olympics in Japan,” he said, “knowing that this moment when the Delta variant would launch in Japan, knowing that this was happening worldwide, and that people would come with the virus, as would the fact that volunteers working at the Olympics would have contact with these athletes.” He has tried to work with the Olympic Committee, with the government of Japan to help them improve their ability to try and prevent transmission. But I think this is going to be a challenge. I hope we can see the Olympics can get through without a major event, but I think right now the whole world is witnessing this meteoric rise of Delta. And I think it’s going to be a real challenge.”
Osterholm said we should “just recognize that there is a group” vaccine-hostile people who don’t really hesitate. They are much further than that.
They will do everything they can to prevent people from getting vaccinated. And we just need to get the message out there. Remember, this is ultimately not an ideological issue. This is all about biology. This is — the virus will find you if you are not vaccinated or protected from previous infection. And what we’re trying to do is prevent everyone in this country from getting infected.”
“As for lockdowns, I think as a society we’re not going to go there anymore, which really worries me about the, what can we do? It’s really about getting vaccines in people. That’s probably the most important thing,” he said. Oosterholm He agreed with dr. Vivak Murthy, which warned against disinformation about the virus, which is being spread on social media and in the media. “I agree 100 percent with the Surgeon General. The misinformation and misinformation campaigns have made vaccinating those people more difficult,” Osterholm said.
“One last note,” Osterholm said. “The number we should all focus on, 100 million US residents are not vaccinated or protected from previous infection, 100 million. That’s what this virus needs to burn through now.” So get vaccinated as soon as possible; if you live in an area with a low vaccination coverage, wear a face mask that fits well and is double layered, no travelling, social distancing, avoiding crowds, not going in with people you don’t hide with (especially in bars), practicing good hand hygiene, and for the sake of your life and the lives of others, visit these not 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.