“State and local action, supported by improved treatments, can help build a bridge to vaccinations and more widespread immunity in 2021,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb and Dr. Mark McClellan wrote in an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal. Americans are understandably tired of Covid, but accepting temporary restrictions now will help prevent more painful personal and economic turmoil.
Former commissioners called on leaders to impose measures such as wearing masks, avoiding gatherings and maintaining social distancing as the winter break threatens to increase cases.
“It’s more than just heading in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, speaking on Sunday with CNN reporter Anna Cabrera. “We are on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe,” he added.
States are taking action
With dire predictions for cases and hospitalizations in the coming months, states are implementing new measures to curb the spread of the disease.
Oregon is set to begin a two-week “social freeze” on Wednesday, which includes a series of measures to curb social gatherings, close restaurants and bars to eat in person, and impose restrictions on the number of people who can gather for faith-based organizations, according to Gov . Kate Brown.
Utah enacts a statewide mask mandate, while Ohio enacts stricter corporate mask mandates.
Only in Los Angeles, more than 1,000 people are hospitalized with the virus.
“The good thing about where we are right now is that we’re smarter than we were in March,” said Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles. “We understand that this kind of blanket lockdown, which did the trick then, might not be the best way now.” .
“It’s not about whether the store is open or not. It’s about my behavior and behavior. It’s about whether we think,” Oh, I know that person, so I’m familiar with it. I can hang out with them … these things are what cause the spread. “
Hospitalization rates affect staff and patients for every disease
The sudden rise in cases was followed by a spike in hospitalizations, a metric that could place pressure on medical resources and indicate the risk for many patients.
Several states set hospital admission records over the weekend. Wyoming reported its record of both hospitalizations and deaths with 202 and 17 deaths, respectively. On the same day, Dallas County, Texas, said it saw “record high hospital admission.”
The Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services said about 20% of all emergency room visits in the county were symptoms of coronavirus for the week ending November 7..
Dr Megan Rane, an emergency physician at Brown University, told CNN that healthcare workers watch their colleagues get sick, and they are “tired, tired, and scared”.
“We are looking at patients who cannot see their families to see them off,” she said. “It’s just a whistling sound from a machine, the sound of a ventilator.”
She said the pressure on hospitals is not only affecting Covid-19 patients, but those dealing with other issues such as cancer, heart attacks and strokes.
‘This winter will be tough.’
“This winter will be harsh. We will not have a significant impact on the numbers of people infected with our vaccine this winter,” he said.
Shaheen said that if all goes well, his company will start delivering the vaccine at the end of this year at the earliest, aiming to deliver more than 300 million doses by April 2021.
In an interview with the BBC, Shaheen said that it is “absolutely necessary” that the countries achieve “a high vaccination rate even or before the fall and winter of next year, which means that all immunization and immunization must take place before next fall.” He said he was confident that this would happen because “a number of vaccine companies are helping us to increase supply so that we have a normal winter next year.”
Health experts have expressed concern about the spread of the disease in the winter months. As the temperature drops, flu season begins and people gather indoors – which increases the likelihood of infection.
Jean Silva, Arnaud Saiad, Melissa Alonso, Ben Tinker, Holly Yan, and Artemis Mushtagian of CNN contributed to this report.