The average number of deaths related to Covid-19 has reduced in the US. The decline is the greatest in the country since July 2020, according to the data of John Hopkins University.
Covid Vaccines Bringing Death Rates To Record Low In The US
The country had witnessed 684 new cases of deaths until last Wednesday. This number is 80% less than what was reported in January. The JHU data suggests that the number of covid deaths has been declining every week from the beginning of this year. Experts attribute this reduction in death cases to covid vaccinations.
According to Dr. AmeshAdalja, who is a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, vaccines have helped lower the transmission of the virus among the elderly population of the US. The residents of nursing homes are among the most highly vaccinated population of the country. And it has been observed that the number of deaths among them has reduced, said Adalja.
However, the country has a long way to go in vaccinating its population, especially the young ones. Many are hesitant about vaccines, and the country needs to overcome that to defeat the virus.
The US has made covid vaccines accessible to people aged 16 years and more. However, a poll conducted by the Quinnipiac University has found that 36% of adults who are below age 35 are unsure of taking the vaccine.
According to experts, the country needs 70% to 85% of the population to be vaccinated. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data indicates that so far, the country has 29.5% of the population as fully vaccinated, and 43% have received one dose of the vaccine. The number of covid-related infections that the country has witnessed is more than 114 million, while the number of hospitalizations is more than 5 million.
As the number of vaccinated people will increase, the transmission and mutation rate of the virus will decline. The B.1.1.7 variant, which is the latest strain of the virus, is more predominant among the younger generation. This is one of the reasons that experts are insisting on getting the younger people vaccinated.
Another reason that experts believe should concern with vaccination is the long-term consequences of the disease. Even though the young generation feels that they are safe from the virus, they need to take precautions to combat the long-term effects of the virus.
The symptoms observed in people with mild forms of the illness are long-lasting. Several people have reported symptoms such as headaches, gastrointestinal problems, fatigue, heart palpitations, and muscle aches even after weeks of getting cured of the virus.
However, the negative outcomes of the virus are yet to push people to the vaccine. According to the CEO of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, Lori Tremmel Freeman, the health departments of rural America had asked for smaller doses of the vaccine as the demand is very less.
The West Virginia government has come up with a strategy to overcome the challenge posed by people’s skepticism about the vaccine. Governor Jim Justice has offered a $100 savings bond to people between 16 and 35 years of age. The Governor has confirmed that the state has 52% of the population vaccinated. The government intends to get more than 70% of the population fully vaccinated. Similar efforts are taken by the other governors as well. Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina has removed mask mandates in outdoor gatherings for people who are vaccinated. He has assured that after two-third of the adult population gets at least one shot of the vaccine, mask mandates for indoor gatherings will also be removed.