Number of cases Covid-19 The reality in the US is said to be several dozen times the official number in the context that the country is going through new wave of infection and face the threat of substreams of the Omicron variant.
Huge gap in the numbers
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on June 3, the US recorded an average of more than 99,000 new cases. That number has been growing since the holiday of late May, when millions of Americans hit the road to see friends and loved ones at a level not seen since the pandemic began. Experts warn Americans to remain vigilant as this is the eighth consecutive week that the number of new infections in the US has increased.
People flocked to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA to enjoy the holiday at the end of May
Although the reported numbers are quite high, The Guardian newspaper cited the latest research that has not been peer-reviewed and has not been published in scientific journals conducted in Ho Chi Minh City.New York shows that the actual number of Covid-19 cases may be 30 times higher than official figures. Professor of epidemiology at the City University of New York’s School of Public Health Denis Nash, study author, said that while this work only focused on New York, this could be the reality of the whole country.
In fact, New Yorkers have more testing opportunities than the rest of the country. This means that the gap between the actual number of cases and the number reported could be even worse elsewhere. Experts say this gap could explain why many people don’t realize that the US is in the midst of a new wave of infections with the number of Covid-19 cases skyrocketing.
Accordingly, the cause of this difference is that more and more people are testing at home and not reporting to the authorities. The lack of information also keeps many people from getting tested despite having symptoms or being exposed.
CDC data shows contagion wave SARS-CoV-2 current due to variant BA.2.12.1, a subline of variant Omicron, cause. BA.2.12.1 on May 24 has officially become the dominant variant in the US when causing up to 58% of new Covid-19 cases. This variant is believed to be more infectious than BA.2, more commonly known as the “stealth” Omicron.
However, the number of cases of variants BA.4 and BA.5, two new sublines of Omicron, is increasing day by day and experts say they may replace BA.2.12.1 as the dominant strain. advantage in the US. CNN cited an unreviewed study by scientists from Columbia University (New York) that said BA.4 and BA.5 were more likely to cause breakthrough infections, even in people who had previously had it. Covid-19 earlier. “This is a serious threat,” warned Dr. David Ho, a professor at Columbia University and study author.
In addition, scientists in the UK found that BA.2.12.1 took 5.5 days to double the number of infections, while BA.4 and BA.5 took about 4.5 days – the variables The new organism is spreading faster. This situation has led experts to predict that more Americans will have Covid-19 in the next few weeks to months if the vaccine or booster dose is not upgraded.
America prepares to vaccinate children under 5 years old
Bloomberg reported that the White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha during a press conference on June 2 said that if regulatory agencies approve, children under the age of 5 in the US can be vaccinated.
Covid-19 vaccine as early as June 21. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel will meet on June 15 to consider whether Moderna and Pfizer vaccines should be authorized for young children. The FDA will then make its own decision, and then the CDC.
Currently, children under the age of 5 are the only people in the US who are still not eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. While children with Covid-19 usually don’t get seriously ill, the number of children under the age of 5 who were hospitalized during the peak of the winter Omicron wave was still five times higher than during the previous Delta wave, according to the CDC.