The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said in a virtual question and answer on Wednesday that the United States is “not in a good position” in terms of climbing indicators. Health experts have taken measures against this virus to lower the baseline of infection before the colder months increase the infection. Fauci said, but the increasing number of cases and hospitalization records are making up for “bad methods in difficult times.”
In the central and western regions, the high hospitalization rate is affecting residents.
Indiana and Wisconsin reported their peak hospitalizations for the coronavirus. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Kansas has hospitalized the largest number of people with the virus in the intensive care unit in one day, and the state’s death toll exceeded 1,000 on the same day.
Governor Laura Kelly said in a press release: “Each of these Kansan people is someone’s child, parent or grandparent.” “They are part of the community.”
Research says masks can reduce hospitalization rates
A study by Vanderbilt Medical School found that the requirement to wear a mask may be a key strategy to reduce hospitalization rates.
In hospitals, more than 75% of patients come from counties that need to wear masks. Between July and October, the hospitalization rate did not increase, while the hospitalization rate of hospitals with fewer than 25% patients from these counties increased by 200% the above.
The authors write that other mitigation factors may also play a role, because areas that require masks are more likely to follow other mitigation strategies.
They said: “The good news is that we have learned a lot since the pandemic began.” “The significance of this analysis is that since the summer, the areas that have adopted virus mitigation strategies…hospitalization rates have dropped; The hospital is in a better position to meet the health needs of the entire community, not just COVID-19 patients.”
As the weather continues to get cold, Fauci said in an interview with CNBC on Wednesday that he supports the national mask regulations.
Fauci said: “We will have more hospitalizations, which will inevitably lead to more deaths. Therefore, this is an unsustainable situation. This is why I say we have to do these things.”
While supporting the mask mission, Fauci said that he does not think it will happen nationwide because it may not come from the White House.
Countries with worrying hospitalization rates
Many national leaders are taking measures to bring the increase in hospitalization rates under control.
Governor Roy Cooper said that with the increase in hospital admissions in the state, small hospitals in North Carolina are beginning to feel “a bit tight,” adding that officials are concerned about the rise.
Cooper said: “When we are with people we know and trust, we often relax our vigilance. However, knowing and trusting cannot stop this virus.”
Dr. Wendy Long, chairman and CEO of the Tennessee Hospital Association, said at a press conference that at the same time, the hospitalization rate in Tennessee is “increasing at an alarming rate, with records every day.”
Lang said: “Hospitals are doing everything they can to increase capacity, but the ability to do so is not unlimited.” “Especially because we are seeing more and more healthcare providers having to quarantine at home because of the virus.”
Governor JB Pritzker said Wednesday that Ilionis “is approaching the entire state to implement mitigation measures as positive rates in several areas rise.”
“We don’t know” when the vaccine will be available
The vaccine in the trial has caused controversy and hopes to control the virus, but Fauci said it may not be available until one month or later.
“We want to see good enough safety data, even longer efficacy data,” Fauci said in a Q&A. “It may be January, it may be later. We don’t know.”
He said dozens of companies are developing vaccines, and five of them are currently in phase 3 trials. Officials are already discussing how to distribute if approval is required.
The former secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services said on Wednesday that handing over distribution rights to the states could lead to chaos and confusion.
Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an on-site panel discussion at the Aspen Institute: “As far as I am concerned, the state methods have to be right.”
Sebelius, who served as President Barack Obama, said: “This is likely to lead to uneven distribution and the possibility of some form of chaotic transportation is very high, and these locations are easy to reach. The place of vaccination.”
CNN’s Maggie Fox, Andrea Diaz, Jacqueline Howard, Gisela Crespo, Rebekah Riess, Raja Razek, Shelby Lin Erdman and Nadia Kounang contributed to this report.