Almost two years into the pandemic, a lot isn’t working.
Hundreds of thousands of people are testing positive in the US every day. Vaccination rates have stalled. Parties and events and conventions are still being cancelled. More than a thousand people are dying every day. Vaccines are getting sick too.
What are we to do? Well, a group of epidemiologists have a new plan for America.
Several experts writing a series of articles published on Thursday medical journal jama Outlining a New National Strategy has been an adviser to President Joe Biden in the past.
These include Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist who runs the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota; Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania; and Dr. Rick Bright, a former government official running an epidemic prevention program at the Rockefeller Foundation.
They argue that the goal is not to eradicate SARS-CoV-2, but to live with it – and other viruses.
“Without a strategic plan for the ‘new normal’ with endemic COVID-19, more people in the US will experience unnecessary morbidity and mortality, health inequalities will widen, and the US economy will lose trillions,” they wrote, “This time, the nation should learn and prepare effectively for the future.”
Here’s something they’re recommending:
• Improved Testing: US All people in the U.S. need access to free or low-cost tests at home that can help determine whether a person is infected and contagious. They say the Biden administration’s plan to send 500 million home rapid tests is a good first step.
• Improved monitoring: This means a nationwide tracking system that evaluates wastewater and air as well as the emergence of new forms, among other trends. “Two years into the pandemic, the US still relies heavily on data from Israel and the UK to assess the effectiveness and durability of COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine success infection rates,” they wrote.
• Better mitigation: the US needs to encourage people to use N95 or KN95 masks, upgrade or replace ventilation and air-filtration systems, and ensure paid sick and family medical leave for all workers, they wrote.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Thursday that neither he nor the president had read the articles yet.
Other COVID-19 news you should be aware of:
• According to commentary this week by Moderna mRNA, people are likely to need another COVID-19 booster sometime this year,
CEO Stephen Bansel. Speaking to a group of investors at the Goldman Sachs healthcare conference this week, Bansel said he expects a fourth shot at the decline.
• If the past month hasn’t been confusing enough, medical experts are now debating whether you should wash your throat in addition to your nose when using an at-home COVID-19 test needed, according to the Washington Post, Some experts say that strangulation increases your chances of getting an Omicron infection; Others say this is not what the tests were designed for.
• National Institutes of Health Study found that receiving a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can temporarily increase a woman’s periods by about a day. The research, published Thursday in Obstetrics & Gynecology, was based on de-identified data from 3,959 vaccinated and unvaccinated participants using a fertility tracking app. It was found that the length of a woman’s cycle increased, although vaccination did not increase the number of days of menstrual bleeding. Most of the participants in the study had received mRNA vaccines developed by BioNtech BNTX.
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• Dr. Francis Collins, former NIH director who identifies as an evangelical, is trying to encourage other evangelicals who have not been vaccinated to consider doing so, According to the state. Polls show that nearly a third of white campaigners are refusing to get the COVID-19 shot. Collins made a video that he says could “influence decision-making for people who may be hesitant about vaccines based on their beliefs.”
• The Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that adults who have been vaccinated with Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine may receive a booster dose five months after completing the primary series of shots. The previous recommendation was to wait six months. The suggested window between receiving BioNTech’s and Pfizer’s boosters was recently reduced from six months to five months. “Today’s action brings stability to the administration of booster doses among available mRNA vaccines,” Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a statement.
what do the numbers say
US reports 727,863 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday; The seven-day average for daily cases has increased every day since December 15 to 610,989 on Thursday. A New York Times Tracker, This is 227% higher than two weeks ago.
Around 128,000 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalised, and on Thursday the seven-day average for COVID-19-related hospitalizations stood at 116,029. On Thursday, 1,843 people died of COVID-19. The daily average of COVID-19-related deaths rose 2% to 1,404 two weeks ago, the highest since October 26.
The number of fully vaccinated Americans ticked up to 207.1 million, or 62.4% of the population, while nearly 73 million people, or 35.3% of the population, have been spiked, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data,
Tomi Kilgore contributed.
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