Experts ask for help amid COVID-19 and monkeypox outbreak

ALABAMA (WHNT) — Officials from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) held a COVID-19 press conference on Wednesday to discuss recent outbreaks across the country.

Briefing experts said we appear to be at some plateau in the COVID-19 surges, but the big point is that it’s important to see how much work remains to be done.

Health experts say it’s good news that COVID-19 cases are declining in the Northwest and Midwest, and overall hospitalizations have increased slightly in this surge. However, they add, this is not the case everywhere in the United States.

COVID-19 incidents have increased from 100 to 800 cases per day in the state of Alabama.

“It is concerning that cases in the West and South continue to rise and hospitalizations nationwide continue to increase,” noted Dr. Tom Inglesby of JHSPH.

Dr. Wes Stubblefield of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) takes note of the recent surge.

“Our positivity percentage has gone from two and a half percent to about thirteen, fourteen percent,” Stubblefield said.

COVID-19 continues to be one of the leading causes of death in the United States each week, due to a large portion of the population being unvaccinated and/or strengthened, including those whose vaccination may not protect due to immunosuppression.

Dr. Inglesby calls on Congress to fully support the tools being used to combat COVID-19 and the emerging outbreak of monkeypox.

“Funding to develop new vaccines to deal with variants, to fund treatments, to fund testing infrastructure and international response must all come from Congress,” Inglesby said. “The administration sent a funding request to Congress several months ago and Congress has yet to act on that request.”

Inglesby said it’s important for clinical committees to raise awareness about monkeypox and urge everyone to be on the lookout for viral outbreaks. To date, 31 cases have been reported in the United States.

“The virus is acting a little differently than it normally does and so we are monitoring it closely, although most experts expect it to be an epidemic as they believe its spread is linked to close and intimate personal contacts. ,” Dr. Stubblefield told News 19.

On Wednesday, a second suspected case of monkeypox was identified in Los Angeles County. Cases have been identified in 13 US states. Experts say it’s time for local government to do more to prepare for future outbreaks.

“It is very important for us to continue and for the government to continue, for the clinical community to continue to inform clinics and healthcare providers and to engage with organizations on the ground who work with communities. high risk on the possibility of monkeypox,” concluded Inglesby.


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