A health expert said that thousands of Americans will die in the next few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, and the sad part is that they don’t have to happen.
Dr. Peter Hotez, head of the Department of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN on Thursday: “Every death we talked about this afternoon is preventable.” “None of this happened.
“We have the ability to stop these deaths, take out vaccines, put on masks, and keep our distance from society. We just need to keep everyone there for a few more weeks.”
Johns Hopkins University said that as of Thursday afternoon, more than 328,000 people in the United States had died of Covid-19.
Compared with the previous 7-day average, the average 7-day death toll in 22 states is rising.
Experts worry that holiday gatherings will bring more cases, followed by hospitalization, and then an increase in deaths.
Hotz said: “We can still save lives.” “In the next few weeks and months, no one will die. But it is a difficult message to convey this news.”
The death toll is expected to reach 567,000 by April
More than 1 million people have been vaccinated against Covid-19, but an influential coronavirus model predicts that the death toll in the United States will climb to more than 500,000 and reach 567,000 by April 1.
The latest forecast from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation of the University of Washington points out that if states loosen their mandates to contain the new coronavirus, by April 1, this number may surge to 731,000.
IHME said that through the planned vaccine launch, more than 33,000 lives can be saved; if it is launched faster, 45,000 lives can be saved.
IHME said the use of masks has increased to 74% nationwide. If it is expanded to 95%, the death toll may decrease by 49,000 by April 1.
When the latest IHME model is released, the United States has pinned its hopes on the launch of its latest authorized Covid-19 vaccine. According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of early Wednesday, the “Quick” operation has distributed about 9.5 million doses and at least 1 million doses have been distributed.
“As Covid-19 cases continue to surge across the country, this achievement comes at a critical moment, and it will help protect those frontline patients-our medical staff treating COVID-19 patients-and our most vulnerable people : Individuals live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.” said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Vaccinations in California will not be too fast. California becomes the first state to reach 2 million coronavirus cases on Wednesday night-with the exception of a few countries, vaccinations exceed all countries-the state will reach 100 on November 12 10,000 cases in less than six weeks. Considering the state’s 39.5 million population, about 1 in 20 people in California test positive for the virus.
The state’s 7-day positive rate is currently 12.6%, a slight decrease from previous weeks. However, 55 of the 58 counties in California are still at the most restrictive purple level in the state’s Covid-19 reopening system, which has led to the closure of many unnecessary indoor commercial activities.
Governor Gavin Newsom (Gavin Newsom) attributed the recent surge in cases to the situation where people relax and evacuate to work and gather with people outside their homes, especially during the holidays.
Since the pandemic began, a total of 23,558 Californians have died from complications of the disease.
“We have a goal”
On Wednesday, the United States reported a total of 228,131 new coronavirus cases and 3,359 new deaths, the third-largest case in a single day. For the United States, this is a catastrophic “normal” situation. In the past week, there were an average of 215,000 new cases per day and more than 2,700 new deaths per day.
Dr. Andrew Pastewski, the medical director of the intensive care unit at Miami Jackson Southern Medical Center, attributed the surge in hospital cases to Thanksgiving.
He told CNN’s Erica Hill: “With the upcoming holidays, we are very scared of what we will see.”
But with this vaccine, “we are over,” Pastewski said.
The government stated that it intends to distribute the first dose of 20 million Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines in the next few weeks, slightly later than originally planned.
“This is an important week for the delivery of vaccines,” General Gustav Pena, chief operating officer of Operation Quick Action, told reporters. “By the end of next year, more than 7,800 vaccines have been delivered because we will distribute 7.9 million doses of vaccine across the country this week. This is indeed a huge achievement.”
Perner said that approximately 15.5 million doses of vaccine have been distributed, and another 4.5 to 5 million doses will be distributed next week.
He said: “We will complete the delivery in the first week of January.”
In addition, health care workers discovered that the Pfizer vaccine is a frozen solution that is diluted with saline before injecting it into people, and its output can exceed the five doses originally thought.
Therefore, Perna said, the auxiliary kit shipped with the vaccine will undergo additional adjustments to accommodate the possible sixth dose.
Perna said on Wednesday: “We have adjusted the structure of contracts and toolkits to…provide more functions as we move forward.”
He pointed out that these kits have built-in some “extra features”, and most vaccine injections are currently carried out in “hospitals that can use syringes and needles.”
He said: “So, I am very satisfied with the availability of syringes and needles and our ability to put these kits together and continue to distribute the kits at the same time as the vaccine.