COVID Dying Toll Passes four Million Globally | Well being Information

By Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay reporters

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THURSDAY, July 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) – The global coronavirus death toll topped 4 million on Thursday, with the highly contagious Delta variant spotted in more than 100 countries and the World Health Organization warning against easing restrictions too quickly .

“The numbers may not tell the whole story, and yet they are still amazing numbers around the world,” Jennifer Nuzzo, epidemiologist at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, told the New York Times.

On Wednesday, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization, the countries from opening too early.

“Enhanced by fast-paced variants and shocking inequality in vaccination, far too many countries in every region of the world are seeing sharp spikes in cases and hospital admissions,” he said during a press conference, the Times reported.

Even the delta variant, which first appeared in India and is now permeating unvaccinated populations around the world, “is mutating itself and will continue to do so,” Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical director of the WHO’s emergency health program, told the Washington Post.

In the United States, the rapid spread of the Delta variant has prompted the federal government to deploy a COVID-19 surge team to support public health in southwest Missouri, where the spread of the virus is once again filling hospital beds, CNNNN reported .

The surge in COVID-19 cases in the city of Springfield, Missouri is so high that CoxHealth’s hospital system began moving patients infected with the virus to other facilities in order to provide better staffing levels, CNN reported.

Last week, Missouri had the second highest number of cases in the country, with 15.5 new cases per 100,000 population daily, according to Johns Hopkins University. Arkansas claimed the highest rate with 15.7 new cases per 100,000 people per day, CNN said.

“We are already seeing that places with low vaccination rates have relatively large peaks of the Delta variant,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health in Rhode Island, told CNN.

“We saw this in Arkansas, Missouri, Wyoming. … These are the places where we will unfortunately see more hospital admissions and deaths, ”he said. “And every time you have big breakouts, it becomes a breeding ground for possibly more variations.”

Delta variant now behind over 50% of US COVID cases

The highly contagious Delta variant now accounts for more than half of all new coronavirus infections in the United States, new government data show.

The dangerous variant that India recently paralyzed currently accounts for 51.7% of new infections in that country, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the same time, the alpha variant, which first appeared in the UK and dominated infections in America for months, only accounts for 28.7% of cases.

“If ever there was a reason to get vaccinated, it is this,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday.

Americans who live in areas where vaccination rates are low should be concerned, health officials say.

“We can already see that places with low vaccination rates have relatively large peaks of the Delta variant. We saw this in Arkansas, Missouri, Wyoming … these are the places we’re going to see more, unfortunately, including hospitalizations and deaths, “Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health in Rhode Island, told CNN.

“The more unvaccinated people there are, the more opportunities the virus has to multiply,” said Dr. William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, told CNN. “If it does, it mutates and it could trigger a variant mutation that will be even more serious in the future.”

Cases are increasing in parts of the South, Southwest, and Midwest, and many of these states – like Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi – are among the countries with the lowest vaccination rates, according to the CDC.

According to recent data from Johns Hopkins University, states with below-average vaccination rates have nearly tripled the rate of new COVID-19 cases compared to states with above-average vaccination rates.

Some health experts said they would wear masks in certain places even though they are fully vaccinated.

“If you are in an area with low infection and high vaccination, you don’t need to wear a mask indoors if you are fully vaccinated,” Jha said. But “if I were in southwest Missouri, I’d be fully vaccinated, but I would be wearing a mask inside.”

SOURCES: The New York Times; CNN

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