Aug. 16 — Francis Collins, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, predicted that single-day additions to the U.S. new coronary pneumonia could soon exceed 200,000 cases as the Delta mutant strain spreads rapidly, especially among the unvaccinated population, according to U.S. reports.
I would be surprised if we don’t exceed 200,000 new cases a day in the next few weeks, we never thought we would be back to the situation we were in in January and February of this year again, it’s heartbreaking,” Dr. Collins said on Fox News on the 15th. But the Delta mutant strain is so contagious and there are still 90 million unvaccinated people who are extremely vulnerable to this virus, and that’s the mess we’re in.”
Data from Johns Hopkins University show that as of the 14th, the average number of new cases in the U.S. has been about 129,000 per day for the past seven days, and that number has risen every day since July 5. The country averaged more than 200,000 confirmed cases a day in January before the new crown vaccine became widely available.
The alarming rise in infections has stretched health resources as more people need hospitalization and many hospitals are already struggling to keep up with the load.
The system is breaking down,” said Dr. Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University. It’s not just a matter of beds, which many hospitals can set up in places like parking lots or cafeterias. Rather, it’s a lack of people with specialized skills, and the U.S. has a severe shortage of nurses in intensive care units, so finding qualified staff to care for critically ill patients is becoming increasingly difficult.”
Because covid-19 vaccination rates are much higher among older people – more than 90 percent of those 65 and older have received at least one dose. This surge in cases has hit the younger population in particular. According to an analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of new hospitalizations in people over 30 years of age has increased by nearly 300 percent in the past month. The data show that the number of hospital admissions for people over the age of 30 who contracted the new crown pneumonia is the highest since the pandemic began.
Health experts say the solution is to get as many vaccinations as possible because vaccines offer good protection against serious diseases. As of the 15th, 50.7 percent of the U.S. population had been fully vaccinated. CDC data show that 59.3 percent of the population is eligible for the vaccine.
Dr. Anthony Fucci said on the 15th, ‘We’re going to have to continue to vaccinate people, and now, even if the states where they are have relatively high rates of vaccination, they have to get overwhelming rates of vaccination.”