Controlling The Covid-19 Spike In The U.S.

Controlling The Covid-19 Spike In The U.S.

The U.S. experts say that Covid-19 vaccinations in the United States are going on in full swing, in other words, extremely well — but still, a major portion of the population needs to be protected by means of vaccination, or else the country may be at the start of another surge.

Over the weekend, the total number of vaccinations given in a single day by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shot up more than 4 million for the first time.

The country is administering more than 3 million doses daily on average, according to CDC data.

Controlling The Covid-19 Spike In The U.S.

But CDC data shows that only about 18.8% of total Americans are fully vaccinated and Covid-19 cases in the entire country have recently seen a substantial increase.

Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious diseases specialist, and epidemiologist said on Sunday that the U.S. has still to see some more rough weeks ahead. But the sigh of relief lies in the fact that based on the data from the past year of the pandemic the U.S.  tends to trend about three to four weeks behind Europe in terms of pandemic patterns.

Controlling The Covid-19 Spike In The U.S.

The highly contagious B.1.1.7 variant has given rise to an alarming rise in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in various parts of Europe. And experts are worried the US could be the next number one in the list of most infected countries if Americans don’t double down on safety measures until almost all people are vaccinated.

What’s worse according to experts is the fact that the variant is changing the pandemic’s playbook and could spell trouble for younger groups that haven’t been given chance to be vaccinated.

Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine said on Sunday that we have to consider the B.1.1.7 variant as almost a brand-new virus.  But it’s acting differently from anything we’ve seen before, in terms of transmissibility, in terms of affecting young people, so we have to take this very seriously.

CDC has updated its guidance on cleaning surfaces in the home.

The CDC has updated its guidance for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces to control the spread of the coronavirus, Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on  Monday at the White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing.

The science is showing that people can get infected via contaminated surfaces, but the risk is very low, Walensky said. Regular cleaning up of houses and other places with soap or detergent often works. Disinfection is not necessary each time.

Disinfection is only recommended to be used indoors or in schools and homes where there has been a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19, within the last 24 hours,” Walensky said.

In almost all cases, fogging, fumigation, and electrostatic spraying are not recommended as a primary method of disinfection, and have several safety risks.

Surface transmission can also be reduced by correctly wearing masks and proper washing of hands, she said.

Variants causing cases to rise

Covid-19 cases have been increasing for a fourth consecutive straight week, Walensky said.

We also know that the increases in the cases, in part, are due to more highly contagious variants, that are due to close monitoring as Walensky said.

She had also said that another number of these clusters are identified among the younger individuals are connected to the participation of the youth in sports and their extracurricular activities. These CDC guidelines also suggest that such activities must be limited. We understand that the people are very tired but restrictions are essential.

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