With Americans relaxing on Covid-19 measures, some experts are worried it could be too early to be going down that path. They say it could end up wiping out the US’s progress in its battle against Covid-19.
Experts Worried Over Dangerous Covid-19 Strain Even As States Relax Measures In A Bid To Return To Normal
Covid-19 restrictions had been relaxed in twelve states, with governors pointing to improving Covid-19 trends and increasing vaccination numbers. Air travel had also hit records set in pre-pandemic times. Florida and other places were also drawing crowds even as cases from dangerous variants were on the rise.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, it had screened over 1.3 million people at airports on Sunday, which meant around 5.2 million travelers flew since Thursday. That was the highest number of people that had traveled by air during any other four-day period of the pandemic.
In Florida, spring breakers had started thronging beaches, and some Miami Beach officials reported surging crowds with precautions flaying out of the window.
According to commentators, the combination of all the factors could trigger a fresh strike.
According to Rochelle Walensky, Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, footage of people going maskless and enjoying spring break festivities had health professionals worried. She added it was all in the context of the 50,000 cases seen daily.
Emergency physician Dr. Leana Wen told CNN on Monday that it could go in either direction. She added, what happened next on whether the practices of masking and avoiding indoor gatherings were followed up to the point of vaccination of all eligible Americans.
The safety measures would be especially crucial given that multiple virus strains were circulating, which included the highly contagious B.1.1.7 variant that was first identified in the UK.
According to Walenksy, it was projected to emerge as the most dominant virus in the US by the end of the month or early April, Walensky.
CDC data had shown that B.1.1.7 variant cases had so far been seen in 48 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico.
According to Dr. Richard Besser, the former acting CDC Director who spoke to CNN on Monday, the way the variants spread was by people letting their guard down. He added, if people could hang in there for a few more months, there would be enough vaccine for every adult in America.
He added, then some of the restrictions that were in place could then go. But if it was done in haste, one would see increasing cases, a backslide that was now seen in many European countries, which need not be the outcome in America.
According to research published last week, the variant carried an estimated 64% higher risk of death.
In another peer-reviewed study, the variant had been linked to a higher risk of death. The research was published in a paper accepted by the journal Nature. The risk of death from the variant had been estimated at around 55% higher than strains seen earlier after adjustments were made for a number of factors like sex, age and where and when tests were conducted.
It was revealed in a subsequent analysis that accounted for missing and potentially miscategorized test results, the elevated risk of death from the variant might be a little higher, at around 61% more than strains seen earlier.
The study had not considered vaccination, nor had it shown the variant might be more deadly than earlier strains.
But on the positive side, vaccinations were rapidly being ramped up, and experts continued to be hopeful Americans would be able to see the normality of some sort by summertime.
ON MONDAY, the CDC’s updated data showed the country saw a seven-day average of around 2.4 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered daily, a new record.