Those who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are creating a deadly domino effect, a Michigan doctor warned at a press conference on Wednesday.
They get sick, pass the virus on to loved ones and the community, fill hospital beds and use scarce medical resources, said Dr Marschall Runge, CEO of Michigan Medicine and Dean of the University’s Faculty of Medicine. from Michigan.
“The bottom line is that COVID-19 is not only life threatening for those who have COVID-19. The surge in COVID-19 puts others at risk by preventing us from providing life-saving care, ”he said, for everything from heart attacks to cancer to strokes.
The number of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 reached 200 million on Wednesday amid a discouraging spike in cases and hospitalizations during the holiday season. Runge said the death rate from cardiovascular disease rose 3% in 2020 after years of steadily declining because people delayed treatment.
New COVID cases in the United States have risen from an average of nearly 95,000 a day on November 22 to nearly 119,000 a day this week, and hospitalizations are up 25% from a year ago. month. The increases are due almost entirely to the delta variant, although the omicron mutation has been detected in about 20 states and will likely spread even further.
Deaths stand at nearly 1,600 a day on average, until they were in October. And the total death toll in the United States less than two years after the onset of the crisis could reach another heartbreaking milestone, 800,000, within days.
The unvaccinated make up the vast majority of COVID-19 patients hospitalized at Michigan Medicine, Runge said, and every coronavirus patient who is on a ventilator is not vaccinated.
“It’s a dire situation statewide right now,” Runge said. “The state of Michigan hit a record (number) of COVID-19 hospital patients this week – the highest number since the pandemic began, more than a year and a half ago now.”
– Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press
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► Approximately 34,000 students have yet to comply with the Los Angeles Unified School District’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Unvaccinated students will either need to enroll in the district’s independent study program or leave the LA public school system.
►So far, more than 40 people in the United States have been infected with the omicron variant, and more than three-quarters of them have been vaccinated, the CDC chief said on Wednesday.
Today’s figures: The United States has recorded more than 49.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 793,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 267.7 million cases and 5.2 million deaths. More than 200 million Americans – 60% of the population – are fully immunized, according to the CDC.
What we’re reading: The COVID-19 pandemic, as a health emergency accompanied by disruption and isolation for families and children, has exacerbated mental health issues in adults and children, research finds .
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The United States underestimates deaths from COVID, researchers say. Now they have a tool to figure out why.
Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week could help answer questions about what types of non-COVID deaths have increased during the pandemic and which COVID-19 deaths have been misclassified as something else, such as a death from heart disease, stroke or respiratory disease. Andrew Stokes, assistant professor of demography and sociology in the Department of Global Health at Boston University, says the new data allows researchers to “search” at the county level and see how the pandemic is playing out locally.
“It’s unprecedented compared to what we were just over a year ago,” Stokes said. “In a public health emergency, real-time surveillance is essential.”
– Dillon Bergin, Betsy Ladyzhets, Mohar Chatterjee and Derek Kravitz, Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Prime Minister of Finland apologizes for clubbing after COVID exposure
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, one of the youngest elected leaders in the world, apologized this week after facing backlash for spending an evening in Helsinki after being exposed to COVID-19. Marin explained in a Facebook post on Monday that he was told on Saturday that Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto tested positive after coming into close contact with her. But she said she was told ministers were not asked to quarantine as long as they had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
So Marin and her husband met some friends and went to dinner that night. The 36-year-old prime minister wrote on Facebook that she left her work phone at home and was not immediately given further advice recommending that she avoid contact with others.
“I should have shown better consideration on Saturday night… I’m so sorry,” she said in the post, translated in multiple reports. She added that she had tested negative for the virus on Sunday.
– Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY
Contribution: The Associated Press