Older populations have been given priority nationwide for COVID vaccinations, right?
According to the CDC, more than 54% of Americans 65 and older have been fully vaccinated, while more than 75% of that same age group have gotten at least one COVID vax dose. That age group is now pretty well protected.
So, if (when) there’s another surge, guess who’s most as risk?
Emergency physician Dr. Leana Wen told CNN on Sunday,
“The difference between previous surges and another possible surge now is the people most affected now are the younger individuals.”
A third of all of the county’s COVID hospitalizations were people younger than 45, according to Dr. Raul Pino, director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.
Between the first and last weeks of March, there was a 31% and 48% increase in the number of hospitalizations among the 20-29 and 40-49 age groups, respectively, state health commissioner Judy Persichilli said Wednesday.
Meanwhile older residents only saw single-digit percent increases, she added.
Younger groups are more and more vulnerable as this new B.1.1.7 variant circulates. The variant is more contagious and may cause more severe disease.
Research suggests it may also be more deadly.
Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told Face the Nation on Sunday,
“If you look what’s happening in Michigan, in Minnesota, in Massachusetts, for example, you’re seeing outbreaks in schools and infections in social cohorts that haven’t been exposed to the virus before.
The infection is changing its contours in terms of who’s being stricken by it right now”
In Florida’s Orange County, officials reported late last month a rise in Covid-19 cases in the 18-25 age group.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Saturday.
“We say it over and over again and we need the local people, we need the governors and the mayors and others to be able to say, we’re not out of it yet.
People say, ‘Well you just want to confine us forever.’ No, this is not going to last forever because every day that you get four million, three million people vaccinated, you get closer and closer to control.”
So, what can you do to help curb another Covid-19 surge?
- double-down on safety measures
- mask up
- practice social distancing
- avoiding crowds
- get vaccinated when it’s your turn
Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine said,
“We have to think about the B.1.1.7 variant as almost a brand new virus.
It’s acting differently from anything we’ve seen before, in terms of transmissibility, in terms of affecting young people, so we have to take this very seriously.”
It’s estimated Sunday that Americans need to hold on for another four to six weeks. Otherwise, your summer is fucked –AGAIN.
And just as experts predicted, COVID cases are also ticking back up around the world.
- India has recorded its highest number of Covid-19 cases in a single day since the pandemic began, with more than 100,000 confirmed infections yesterday.
- South Korea’s health leaders are warning of another surge after the country recorded more than 500 new cases for the fifth straight day.
- In Europe, a third wave of hospitalizations and deaths has already arrived. Covid-19 variants are mostly to blame for the new rises, but as US officials have warned, lax safety measures are giving these variants even more strength.
Doctors are worried that coronavirus may end up being like influenza, which requires a new vaccine every year because the strains mutate so quickly.