“We are not out of the woods and I fully expect that cases across the country will rise again in the coming weeks and months,” said Dr Megan Rainey, associate dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University.
Last week’s forecast published on 15 September predicted hospitalizations for the first time since the 23 June forecast. This week’s forecast predicts 4,600 to 11,800 new Covid-19 hospitalizations are likely on October 18.
But the South could still see more cases, and there could be a surge in the Northeast as well, Rainey said. And historically, more cases have been post-hospitalization – a looming prospect for many hospitals that are already inundated.
The current pace of vaccination has reached its slowest pace in two months, according to CDC data, despite calls from health care professionals to the public to keep hospitalizations and death rates down.
“For most of us, if you get your vaccines, you’re not going to die,” Rainey said. “As the disease spreads, it spreads throughout the community. That makes those more vulnerable more likely to catch it.”
Booster EUA could extend to younger population, says former FDA commissioner
“Today’s action demonstrates that the science and currently available data continue to guide the FDA’s decision-making for COVID-19 vaccines during this pandemic,” FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said in a statement.
A former FDA commissioner thinks the age group may be expanding too soon.
“I suspect what is going to happen is we will continue to collect data on this group, people 65 and over and others who have been qualified, and eventually the agency may walk down the authority for younger people. , which depends on what they learn. The data is set here in the United States,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb told Granthshala.
Gottlieb said CDC vaccine advisors will meet again on Thursday to explain the FDA’s authorization, which may apply to a “broad” portion of the population.
“This could include many people who are at high risk of a poor outcome from COVID, because they are more likely to be exposed to the disease – that they are working in occupations that put them at risk . contracting the disease as well.”
Some schools take preventive measures, others dial them back
Another consideration in managing the virus is the return of children to individual learning, which schools are handling differently.
Some schools have intensified Covid-19 preventive measures as more students have been infected across the country.
In South Carolina, the Charleston County School District began fully enforcing its mask mandate on Wednesday, according to CCSD communications director Andy Pruitt — and as a result, many students were sent home for not complying.
He said students who do not come to school following the new policy will learn virtually until at least October 15, although they are welcome to return to class wearing masks.
Elsewhere, precautions are being relaxed.
He said the policy – which some teachers opposed – recognizes that leaving out healthy students is “incredibly harmful” to students’ educational advancement and disruptive to families.
Granthshala’s Naomi Thomas, Jen Selva, Lauren Mascarenhas, Maggie Fox, Liam Reilly, Rebekah Rees and Leyla Santiago contributed to this report.
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