October 20, 2021

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The United States is approaching the peak of the delta wave, but experts fear the virus could last “generations”

The seven-day average of daily cases was 172,000 as of Monday, the highest level, according to company data, even though the rate of increase was slow and cases were declining in most states. Govt law now.

But more than 1,800 die each day and more than 100,000 are hospitalized after becoming seriously ill, a stark reminder of the challenge authorities face in vaccinating enough Americans amid misinformation.

Bhakti Hansoti, a professor of emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University, says she was “relieved to see the end of the spring tide” and was “a little hesitant this time”.

“If we do not learn the lessons of the fourth wave,” he emphasizes, as the appearance of chaotic variations and the onset of winter (when social interactions take place more indoors) will lead to a further increase in cases.

Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, did not know if the fourth wave was over.

“If you look at the autumn-winter wave, there were times when there was a high rise, then it seemed to fall, and then there was a further rise,” he explains.

Therefore it is very important to increase the number of people who are vaccinated. Today, 63.1% of eligible people over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated, or 54% of the total population.

The country lags far behind world leaders such as Portugal and the United Arab Emirates (81% and 79% of the population are fully vaccinated), despite the large number of vaccines in the United States.

The administration of President Joe Biden last week announced a series of new measures to expedite vaccinations, such as the need for vaccines for companies with more than 100 employees, but the impact has been felt.

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Two USA

Beyond vaccines, experts prefer to pursue other activities.

According to Thomas Sai, a health policy analyst at Harvard, the Govt-19 eruptions should be masked and the United States should draw inspiration from countries that have carried out large-scale rapid tests for schools and businesses.

Such tests are available for free or for a small fee in Germany, Great Britain or Canada, but in the US it can cost around $ 25 per pack.

But the impact of these measures depends on their implementation, and the United States is clearly divided into two: the more progressive regions are more willing to comply.

Experts estimate that between the number of people vaccinated before the Delta wave and the number of people vaccinated after infection, the country group is approaching immunity.

The predictions turned out to be false, as Angela Rasmussen points out, it is still too early to say when this door will be reached.

“The vaccination rate for adults still in the country is less than 50%,” he notes.

The virus continues to grow rapidly and virus researchers fear the appearance of more dangerous variants.

“I don’t want to be a dangerous bird, but I think we don’t know much about the basic functions of these little mutations because I want to be a little more humble,” Ms. Rasmussen says.

Experts continue to believe that vaccines will protect most people from the worst symptoms, and look forward to licensing children under the age of 12 in the coming months.

Rather than eradicate the virus, the goal now is to create a flu-like disease for those who are vaccinated and infected.

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However, there are uncertainties: even those who have been vaccinated can suffer from “chronic goiter”.

Greg Poland, an infectious disease specialist at the Mayo Clinic, predicts it: Mankind will still have to manage the cove “beyond the lifespan of the next generation.”