The United States is approaching the peak of the Delta wave

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The latest wave of coronavirus contaminations in the United States, dominated by the Delta variant, could soon reach its peak, but experts warn against complacency and expect the virus to be a part of everyday life for years to come. The seven-day average of daily cases was 172 000 0 Monday, the highest level of this increase although the rate of the increase is slowing and cases are on the decline in most states, according to organization data Covid Act Now. But more than 1 800 people die every day and more than 100 000 0 remain hospitalized after falling seriously ill, a grim reminder of the challenge facing the authorities to get vaccinated enough Americans in the face of misinformation. If Bhakti Hansoti, associate professor of emergency medicine at John Hopkins University, says she was relieved to see the spring wave end, she says she is “a little hesitant this time.”

Emergence of disturbing variants

Because the possible emergence of disturbing variants as well as the the onset of winter (when social interactions take place more indoors) could lead to a further increase in cases, “unless we learn from the fourth wave,” she said. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, says she is not sure whether the fourth wave is over. “If you look at the fall-winter wave, there were times when there was an exponential rise, then it seemed to drop, and then there was a further rise,” she explains. It is therefore crucial to increase the number of people vaccinated. Today, 63, 1% of the eligible population over 12 years is fully vaccinated, i.e. 27% of the total population. Which places the country far behind world leaders like Portugal and the United Arab Emirates (79% and 79% of people fully vaccinated), despite the abundance of vaccine doses in the United States. President Joe Biden’s administration last week announced a series of new measures to speed up vaccinations, such as the vaccine requirement for companies over 81 employees, but the impact remains to be seen.

Beyond vaccinations, experts want to see other measures continue. For Thomas Tsai, researcher in health policy at Harvard, the outbreaks of Covid – 16 must apply the wearing of the mask and the States United should learn from countries that have adopted large-scale rapid tests for schools and businesses. Before the Delta wave, experts had estimated that between the number of people vaccinated and those immunized after an infection, the country was approaching group immunity. Predictions that turned out to be wrong.

Experts continue to hope that vaccines will continue to protect most people from the worst symptoms, and are eager to see them cleared for children under 12 years in the coming months. Rather than eradicating the virus, the goal now is to make the vaccine more like the flu for those vaccinated and infected.

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