The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths increased sharply at the end of the ‘summer of freedom’ in the US

The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths increased sharply at the end of the summer of freedom in the US - Photo 1.

COVID-19 patients need oxygen support at a hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA on August 17 – Photo: AP

According to AP News on September 8, the US is seeing the number of Delta variant cases filling hospitals, the number of child cases is at an alarming rate and the number of deaths in some places is at an all-time high. epidemic, while there are still many controversies surrounding the wearing of masks and compulsory vaccination.

The US has had more than 650,000 deaths since the beginning of the epidemic. According to the AP, a model predicts that the death toll from COVID-19 will hit 750,000 on December 1.

After more than 6 months of implementing nationwide vaccination, on July 4, President Joe Biden conveyed the message of “a summer of joy and freedom” after a year of pandemic with isolation measures and loss of life. cool. Meanwhile, senior US officials have been expecting a near-normal summer.

However, all were disillusioned with the Delta variant.

“The virus spreads more efficiently in unvaccinated people, so we lose out on the benefits of the vaccine,” said Dr. Sten Vermund, of the Yale School of Public Health.

From June to August, the number of new cases in the US increased rapidly. Specifically, the US recorded about 400,000 cases of COVID-19 in June, but it took only 3 days last week to reach this number.

In August, the US recorded about 26,800 deaths and more than 4.2 million cases, the fourth highest month-on-month increase since the beginning of the epidemic.

The Delta variant is killing more young people in the US than previous outbreaks, which affected people over 75 more. The age group who died from COVID-19 the most in the current outbreak was the 50-64 age group.

Overall, though, the number of deaths and illnesses per day of the current outbreak is still far below last winter’s peak. At that time, the number of deaths per day was at 3,400 cases, and the number of cases per day was about 250,000 cases.

Currently, the US records an average of 150,000 new cases and nearly 1,500 deaths a day, an increase of more than a third since the end of August.

Even before Delta became the dominant variant in the US, experts say there are signs that mass gatherings and easing of social distancing measures have contributed to the increase in infections.

“We’ve been in bondage for over a year and everyone wants to get out of it. In the face of such drastic behavior change, even vaccinating more than two-thirds of the adult population is not enough.” Dr. David Dowdy – epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – said.

While the COVID-19 vaccine remains highly effective in preventing hospitalization and death, tens of millions of eligible Americans remain unvaccinated. According to the AP, nearly 40 percent of Americans 12 and older are still not fully protected.

In Rapid City, South Dakota, school officials have recorded nearly 300 cases among staff and students since reopening nearly two weeks ago. Most school officials, however, oppose the mandatory requirement to wear masks.

As a result, many schools are forced to switch back to online learning.

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