As cases swell again in the US, millions of people are expected to be affected for the Thanksgiving Vacation, and health workers and hospital systems are now preparing for an influx of Covid patients after little time to recover from the summer wave.
Over the past year there has been a huge spike in cases around the holidays. But this year new tools could dampen the spread – if they are picked up quickly.
U.S. science officials on Friday recommended booster vaccination for all adults six months after receiving mRNA vaccination, and children over the age of five have recently become eligible for vaccines.
Existing treatments like monoclonal antibodies are highly effective when given early, while two promising antiviral drugs from Merck and Pfizer could be approved in the coming weeks. However, the new treatments may come against the backdrop of rising cases during the holiday season.
“It’s a race against time,” said Kyle Enfield, associate chief medical officer of critical care at the University of Virginia Health.
More than 92,000 Americans now test positive for Covid-19 every day, and more than 1,000 people die from the virus every day. according to to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases are increasing in most states with hotspots in the Midwest, Northeast, and parts of the Southwest.
Read more about Melody Schreiber’s report here: U.S. hospitals prepare for the influx of Covid patients as millions travel for Thanksgiving