It is currently difficult to find anyone who has not been exposed to the COVID pandemic, but two years later, the virus has become more apparent than ever before. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. still sees an average of more than 100,000 new infections every day, down 8.5 percent from the previous week. As admissions are still rising significantly, the CDC said the number of hospitalizations based on COVID has increased by almost 5 percent this week. Fortunately, COVID deaths are not rising, but health care workers fear they could change. Read on to find out if an excellent COVID expert could be the worst-case scenario for the future of a pandemic.
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As COVID continues to infect hundreds of thousands of people across the country, many experts and officials are concerned about the upcoming fall and winter. In early May, a senior Biden administration official said the United States could see 100 million COVID infections this fall and winter. Washington Post reported.
According to experts, a combination of factors such as reduced immunity to both vaccines and infections, relaxed restrictions and an increase in new options play a dangerous role in this prediction. Contrary to what we are seeing at the moment, the official said that the occurrence of this COVID could lead to a serious wave of deaths.
At a White House press briefing on June 2, the White House COVID Response Coordinator Ashish Ja, MD revealed that he has concerns about what the pandemic will be like for the U.S. later this year. “As we planned the fall and winter and looked at different scenarios, I became very anxious,” he said.
According to the infectious disease specialist, the worst-case scenario is that the United States may run out of equipment, while COVID will increase. “If you want to ask me what wakes me up at night, we’re running out of vaccines,” Jae warned.
He added, “We can’t afford the next generation of vaccines. We’ll run out of treatment. And diagnostic tests will probably run out in late fall. In the winter, if we cause serious infections.”
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In recent months, the Biden administration has warned that the U.S. needs more COVID funding from Congress. According to PBS, the White House initially asked for $ 22.5 billion in March, but Congress reduced that number to $ 10 billion before it was blocked by Republican senators in April. There is now an abyss for any type of COVID funding from Congress.
“Until Congress takes a step back and finances us, we won’t have the tools for the fall and winter,” Jae warned at a news briefing. “Of course, there are models that we can have a big wave of infections in the fall and winter, especially if there is no vaccination campaign in the fall and winter. If we run out of medicine, there is no vaccination.” There are not enough diagnostic tests. “
With infections still high and an astonishing number of vaccines and stimulants being given, many wonder why the White House is not ringing the bell.
Ja made it clear that there was no reason to panic immediately, as our supplies were very strong as a result of “pre-financing” that allowed the United States to buy significant amounts of both vaccines and therapists earlier. “So I’m sure we’ll have enough equipment, tests, treatments, vaccines to spend the summer, no matter what happens this summer,” he explained. – I think we have the necessary equipment for the summer.
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