Francis Collins, director of the US National Institutes of Health, issued a stark warning on Monday that the number of confirmed cases in the US could again exceed 200,000 in the coming weeks, calling it “heartbreaking” as the situation continues to deteriorate amid the rapid spread of the Delta virus strain in the US. He also warned unvaccinated Americans to get vaccinated and put masks back on.
On January 13, 2021 local time in Anaheim, California, the Orange County government announced that it has installed a large temporary COVID-19 vaccination site at the local Disneyland resort. Here, people line up at a vaccination site at the Disneyland resort in California.
Health officials say the number of confirmed cases in the United States is rising to more than 200,000
Francis Collins, director of the US National Institutes of Health, predicted on Friday that the number of cases in the US could again exceed 200,000 as the Delta strain spreads rapidly.
He warned unvaccinated Americans to get vaccinated and put their masks back on, as the number of Novel coronavirus cases has surged in the past month.
“I would be surprised if we don’t get more than 200,000 new cases a day in the next few weeks. And considering we never thought we’d get back to this level of transmission, it’s heartbreaking.” Collins said in an interview with Fox News.
“That was in January and February, not August. But we see how highly infectious the Delta variant is, and the heartbreaking situation is that we have 90 million people who are still unvaccinated… That’s the mess we’re in.”
There is still some way to go before the daily increase of 200,000 cases. As of August 14, the average daily increase in cases in the United States over the past seven days reached 129,000, a number that has increased every day since July 5, according to Johns Hopkins University. Before the coronavirus vaccine became widely available, the last time the US averaged more than 200,000 new cases a day was in January.
‘The healthcare system is breaking down’
Expert: Get as many people as possible vaccinated
On the other hand, the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases has stretched US medical resources, with many hospitals struggling to meet the needs of those in need of critical medical care.
“The healthcare system is collapsing.” “It’s not just beds,” Jonathan Reiner, a CNN medical analyst and professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, said Tuesday. Many hospitals can build new beds in places like parking lots or cafeterias. But those beds need to be adequately staffed, and there is a severe shortage of ICU nurses in the United States, making it increasingly difficult to find qualified staff to care for ICU patients.”
In addition, the current surge in cases is particularly affecting the young population. According to an analysis of data from the CENTERS for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of new hospitalizations among people in their 30s increased nearly 300 percent in the past month.
Health experts say the solution is to vaccinate as many people as possible because vaccines can provide good protection against serious diseases. As of August 15, 50.6 percent of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated. That’s 59.2 percent of those eligible for the vaccine, according to the CDC.
“We’re going to have to continue to get people vaccinated, so right now, even in states that have a high percentage of the population vaccinated, you have to get the vast majority of the population vaccinated.” American infectious disease expert Fauci 15 said.
Experts also say how masks are worn is important, and they want American students to know how to wear them most safely. Jonathan Reiner also says a safe return to school is possible. “Don’t let your children wear cloth masks to school. Use at least three layers of surgical masks, and if your child is old enough to tolerate it, preferably an N95 or KN95 mask.”