Some health experts recently touted the possible end of the Covid-19 pandemic. But Covid-19 cases are still on the rise in some states – including Colorado, which cited hospital emergency care standards on Tuesday.
Covid-19 cases are increasing in some states
Overall, the United States is seeing an average of around 74,000 new Covid-19 cases per day – a 4% increase over the past two weeks. Axios reported.
Corresponding Axios, if CDC‘s definition of a “low” transmission rate of Covid-19 – an average of less than 10 new cases per 100,000 people per day – has been applied at the national level, with only four states being considered low transmission rates. Almost 40 states now have average infection rates of between 10 and 50 new cases per 100,000 people every day.
Colorado in particular has reported an 18.8% increase in daily Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks, according to data Axios. As a result of the increase and the expected shortage of staff, the country announced on Tuesday that it would activate crisis management standards.
Enabling these crisis policies enables hospitals to maximize the care they can provide with the staff at their disposal Associated press Reports that enable health systems to change the staff-to-patient relationship. In particular, the crisis care standards do not apply to emergency services, hospitals and acute care facilities, outpatient care services or personal protective equipment, The hill reported.
The state’s chief medical officer, Eric France, stated that residents should not avoid “necessary health care”. And while the state health department allows electoral processes, hospitals can suspend electoral processes if necessary in order to reallocate staff.
According to the state, almost 40% of hospitals expect staff shortages within the next week. In addition, more than a third of hospitals said they expected a shortage of ICU beds within the next week.
Currently, 72% of its hospital beds in the state are occupied, including 12.6% with Covid-19 patients HHS Data. In the intensive care units, 85% of the beds are occupied, 35% are occupied by Covid-19 patients. And just over half of the ICU ventilators in the state are currently occupied.
Is the Covid-19 pandemic coming to an end?
In one (n Interview with CBS ‘“Face the Nation” on Sunday, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he believed the coronavirus pandemic in the United States was “near”.
In particular, Gottlieb highlighted two recent developments that he believes will prevent cases from rising further. First, Covid-19 vaccines are now available for children from five years. Second, Gottlieb said we will “[a] a widely used or orally available drug that could treat the coronavirus at home to prevent people from being hospitalized or dying, “notes that there are” two of those potential pills, one of ” Pfizer and one of Merckand there will be more to it than that. “
“I think we are near the end of the pandemic phase of this virus and we are going to enter an endemic phase and if things improve the cases could increase. … But that does not mean that we are “We are entering another wave of infections,” added Gottlieb.
However, other health experts have said that this position is premature. Michael Osterholm, from the University of Minnesota, estimates that 70 million Americans are still at risk from the coronavirus.
“There is more than enough human wood to burn this coronavirus forest fire,” he said.
Andy Slavitt, former senior advisor on Covid-19 Response to the Biden government, said in one tweet the “[o]ne too many clever people [have] told me this week or said on TV that the pandemic is over. ” Slavitt noticed the “[t]”There are still 1,200 people dying here every day,” from Covid-19. “That’s a rate of 440,000 deaths / year,” he said.
“The characters [of the pandemic ending] looking at people are not really signs, ”says Slavitt added. “To be clear, if the cases go back, it won’t be over. When refreshments come, it’s not over yet. If children are vaccinated, it’s not over yet. If therapies are approved, it’s not over yet. “
Instead of declaring the end of the pandemic, Slavitt argued the “[t]The more productive conversation is one of the tools – tools to reduce infection, tools to reduce deaths, tools to live life, go to school to be safe. All THAT is increasingly possible with rapid tests, masks, ID cards, syringes and new drugs. ” (Baker / Beheraj, Axios, 11/11; Coleman, The hill, 11/10; Associated press, 11/10)