“Here in the United States, we seem to be stuck at that plateau of about 75,000 COVID cases,” virus expert Michael Osterholm complained about his podcast this week. “The daily number of cases has actually increased in the past week, but that is because hospital admissions are slowly decreasing. However, in the next two months, with holiday gatherings increasing travel, people’s general mood is ready with the pandemic.” Now that “only 58% of the American public is fully vaccinated, it feels like another national wave of infections is inevitable. It’s just a matter of how big it will be.” With this in mind, dr. Anthony Faucic, the chief medical adviser to the president and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and other experts have issued the following life-saving advice. Read on for all 5 – and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss this one Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
“No, we are far from the end of this pandemic,” Osterholm said. “And I’m sorry if we say that. For example, I had a number of people who contributed to the mindset of last May. I was very concerned about the Alpha variant in May and then the rise of the Delta variant, what that could do to change the future course of this pandemic And while people were all predicting we’d have a few mild cases in the summer and maybe a little flare up in the winter, you saw what happened, but you know, what that thinking in May has blinded our country to what else this virus can do and cause some of the big reaction people had and said, wait a minute, you told me this was done. I don’t know’ I don’t know who told you that a lot of people might have said that but who told you that I don’t know and I think this is a very important point of population psychology right now I’m not here to try to people afraid to ma know or, you know, bad news, Mike, but you have to understand what happened in the Upper Midwest. in the four corners, what has happened in the far northeast is real and we have to be prepared to react again and again.”
“If you look at the comparison between unvaccinated people and vaccinated people, it’s very, very clear that the overwhelming burden of infection, hospitalization and death is weighted on the unvaccinated people,” Dr. Fauci. the daily podcasting. Keep this in mind when planning your vacation. “So if you are a vaccinated person, your family is vaccinated and you are in a situation where the people you hang out with are vaccinated, then you can have a very good holiday. You can enjoy the warmth and the company, your family and thanksgiving. You could do the same at Christmas. However, if you’re among the unvaccinated and go into winter, you’re going to have a rough time. And I think there’s a possibility that you’ll see a rise in cases that are disproportionately will be born as a burden among the unvaccinated. But as we said before, if that rise happens and you get more infections and more dynamics of infection spread in the community, even the vaccinated would be more at risk, because the more dynamic the infection, the more the more likely a vaccinated person whose immunity is declining, the more likely that person is to come into contact with someone who is spreading the infection.”
The “big thing that’s going to happen is Thanksgiving and the holidays where people travel, people get together and we know what happened last year,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, a virus expert. “We saw big spikes in cases right after the holidays. So I’m concerned about that, I’m looking forward to the next few weeks, and what’s going to happen is in families that are fully vaccinated, I think it’s going to be pretty good and it will be safe in places where you will have people who have not been vaccinated, if they come together people will get infected – for example in the northern half of the country where the weather has turned colder i am very concerned about what “This is going to happen in the next six weeks. And of course everything is preventable right now. There is no good reason why people have to get sick and be hospitalized, have to die.” Keep reading to hear his warning about breakthrough infections.
“When I look at what’s happening right now, I’m looking at the four corners or I’m looking at the Upper Midwest. I’m looking at the Upper Northeast and there are 17 states that I’m following closely. And we’ll see what happens in these areas.” Osterholm said. “And of course, if California lights up New York, which I have every reason to believe they will eventually, because in those states we have large groups of under-vaccinated or people who haven’t been vaccinated at all. And when that happens, it can. again, our rates of increase are fundamentally changing. So looking at this now I have to say that I think we are at a tipping point. The national picture will depend largely on what is happening in many of these states I have just discussed in the coming weeks There are still a lot of viruses and a lot of people it can reach.”
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 large 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.