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US Opinion: The most important way of stopping another Covid surge

06:15  21 november  2021
06:15  21 november  2021 Source:   cnn.com

Is Covid’s winter surge already here? Experts warn the pandemic isn’t over

  Is Covid’s winter surge already here? Experts warn the pandemic isn’t over A new surge of Covid-19 cases is expected to start hitting the United States around Thanksgiving just as the holiday season begins, public health experts are warning. © Provided by NBC News But with more and more Americans vaccinated, it’s not likely to linger as long or do as much damage because there’s a level of protection this season that wasn’t there last year, they say.

This past summer's Covid -19 surge , which burned through large swaths of the country, peaked in early September after reaching about 160,000 cases per day. The subsequent decline in cases was steep, but after two months, infections in the United States are rising again.

" Covid -19 has become once again the number one cause of mortality in our region," he told the BBC, adding "we know what needs to be done" in order to fight the virus. Dr Kluge said mandatory vaccination measures should be seen as a "last resort" but that it would be "very timely" to have a Overnight, violent rioting erupted in Rotterdam in the Netherlands over new Covid -19 measures. Hundreds of protesters had gathered to show their anger at government plans for more restrictions. In Germany, Health Minister Jens Spahn described the situation as a "national emergency" and refused

This past summer's Covid-19 surge, which burned through large swaths of the country, peaked in early September after reaching about 160,000 cases per day. The subsequent decline in cases was steep, but after two months, infections in the United States are rising again.

FILE - Licensed practical nurse Yokasta Castro, of Warwick, R.I., draws a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a mass vaccination clinic, Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass. U.S. regulators have opened up COVID-19 booster shots to all and more adults, Friday, Nov. 19, letting them choose another dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) © Steven Senne/AP FILE - Licensed practical nurse Yokasta Castro, of Warwick, R.I., draws a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a mass vaccination clinic, Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass. U.S. regulators have opened up COVID-19 booster shots to all and more adults, Friday, Nov. 19, letting them choose another dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

We have tools to blunt the escalation of new cases, but we must act now with a sense of urgency -- and that means intensifying efforts to increase vaccination rates in all age groups, using a range of strategies including broad vaccine mandates such as the Biden Administration's requirement for businesses employing more than 100 workers to have employees get vaccinated or submit to weekly testing.

As virus surges in Eastern Europe, leaders slow to act

  As virus surges in Eastern Europe, leaders slow to act BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — At the main hospital in Romania's capital, the morgue ran out of space for the dead in recent days, and doctors in Bulgaria have suspended routine surgeries so they can tend to a surge in COVID-19 patients. In the Serbian capital, the graveyard now operates an extra day during the week in order to bury all the bodies arriving. For two months now, a stubborn wave of virus infections has ripped mercilessly through several countries in Central and Eastern Europe, where vaccination rates are much lower than elsewhere on the continent. While medical workers pleaded for tough restrictions or even lockdowns, leaders let the virus rage unimpeded for weeks.

Countries with much higher vaccination rates than the U.S. are experiencing some of the worst coronavirus spikes. Of the Seychelles, Israel, the UAE, Chile and Bahrain—respectively the world’s five most vaccinated countries—only Israel is not fighting to contain a dangerous surge in Covid -19 infections. Controlling for population, the Seychelles and Bahrain, alongside other highly vaccinated countries like the Maldives and Uruguay, recorded the highest number of daily coronavirus cases worldwide.

There’s no way to actually stop it because free speech is reserved to the righteous and the truth tellers. It extends to liars and those with bad intentions. This is why some countries have a limit on their press freedoms. Up until now our method was great. But free press and free speech is literally what’s destroying the country. It would be non-policy if he would do nothing. What he does is trying to ban things which stop COVID , like mask and vaccine mandates, virtual schooling and so on - which means he has an active PRO- COVID policy!

Unfortunately, last week the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit affirmed a previous stay of Biden's new vaccine mandate. In response, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has temporarily suspended enforcement of the rule which was set to fully take effect on January 4. The court's decision was ill-conceived and risks needlessly prolonging the pandemic in the United States.

Although almost 196 million Americans are now fully vaccinated, this number amounts to only 59% of the US population. Despite easy vaccine availability in the country for more than six months, 30% of adults are not fully vaccinated. It's not clear what proportion of the population must be inoculated to attain community immunity, but Belgium currently has one of the world's highest Covid-19 case rates despite having completely vaccinated 74% of its population. Germany has vaccinated 10% more of its population than the United States but its seven-day incidence rate hit a record of 336.9 cases per 100,000 people this week, up from 249.1 cases reported last week.

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But as another Covid -struck winter grips Europe, many of those countries are now reversing course. Ireland introduced a midnight curfew on the hospitality industry earlier this week amid a surge in cases, despite having one "They're one stone in the process of stopping the virus. And so while vaccines are arguably the most important tool in fighting the virus, they can't be expected to

They stay that way for the most part until the seventies. Heck, Texas was a Democratic state for almost a century before the Republicans took over in the nineties. And it’s bizarre how many issues from back then have returned: public health, women’s reproductive rights, worker rights, voting rights, even Some of Texas' top doctors warned Wednesday that Gov. Greg Abbott's sudden decision to ditch the mask mandate and lift coronavirus restrictions could result in a new surge of Covid -19 infections and deaths. Abbott, a Republican who resisted imposing restrictions early on in the pandemic, surprised

As countries in Europe see a surge in cases, the World Health Organization said to be "very worried" and flagged that, at the current pace, over 500,000 more deaths could be recorded by March. A winter spike in Covid-19 cases has been expected because the virus spreads more easily as people spend more time indoors, but the magnitude of this latest surge will be dictated by the level of vaccination in the community and we must do better.

In just 11 months, the US has managed to administer more than 437 million doses of vaccines, a remarkable achievement, but with well over 100 million people still unvaccinated, the level of immunity is not nearly high enough to ward off a new surge. Over the past 14 days, cases in the US have risen 17%, now averaging more than 85,000 cases per day. Hospitalizations and deaths are still declining, but the rate of decline is slowing, and will likely soon start to rise again.

'Flashing red': Belgium tightens rules amid COVID-19 surge

  'Flashing red': Belgium tightens rules amid COVID-19 surge BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium extended the use of facemasks and mandatory remote work on Wednesday in an attempt to contain a new surge of COVID-19 cases. “The alarm signals are flashing red,” said Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. The premier added that the mandatory use of facemasks in crowded places would now include those 10 and older and that remote work, when possible, would mandatory for 4 days in the 5-day workweek until Dec. 12. Up to now,“The alarm signals are flashing red,” said Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

Countries with much higher vaccination rates than the U.S. are experiencing deadly outbreaks of Covid -19. Other countries like Chile and the Seychelles rank among the worst Covid infection surges in the world, though each have higher vaccination levels than the U.S., with experts warning that lifting restrictions too early may have made the public unduly complacent. Dr. Jude Gedeon, public health commissioner of the Seychelles, told a local paper the outbreak was partially fueled by the resumption of economic activity and “complacency” over public health measures like mask wearing

Another 157 Covid deaths were also announced by health chiefs, in an eight per cent rise from the same time the previous week. Latest hospitalisation figures showed 827 admissions were recorded on November 15, which was down 17 per cent. Fears of another Christmas lockdown were sparked this 'It's really important that we boost immunity in older individuals and then we might be able to avoid any significant fourth wave. 'We're going to have high levels of infection for many months, so I think the NHS will unfortunately be under significant strain. It may not get to breaking point, where we were

To prevent a large winter Covid-19 spike, we must first and foremost vaccinate millions of people and do so quickly. The latest Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows that 20% of American adults say they will definitely not get the vaccine or will do so only if required. For many in this hard-core resistant minority, only a mandate linked to their job is likely to sway their decision.

Vaccine mandates are not new to the United States. All 50 states, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia mandate vaccines for children attending schools. The US Department of Defense requires 17 different vaccines for military personnel. Many health care facilities require an annual influenza vaccination for all employees.

The Supreme Court of the United States has previously ruled in favor of a vaccine mandate. Writing for the majority in Jacobson v. Massachusetts in 1905, which upheld the state's smallpox vaccine requirement, Justice John Marshall Harlan wrote, "But, the liberty secured by the Constitution of the United States to every person within its jurisdiction does not import an absolute right in each person to be, at all times and in all circumstances, wholly freed from restraint." Harlan continues, "Real liberty for all could not exist under the operation of a principle which recognizes the right of each individual person to use his own, whether in respect of his person or his property, regardless of the injury that may be done to others."

These Cities Are Reviving Mask Mandates With New CDC Guidance, Delta Surge

  These Cities Are Reviving Mask Mandates With New CDC Guidance, Delta Surge CDC data shows that the weekly average number of daily cases has continued to increase over the past week. As of Monday, the U.S. was averaging at least 53,772 daily new COVID-19 cases. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky previously announced that the highly transmissible Delta variant accounts for 83 percent of all COVID-19 cases in the U.S.While officials have continued to stress the importance of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, a number of areas that have seen a rise in cases have some of the lowest vaccination rates.

Earlier this month a federal judge in Texas upheld United Airlines' Covid-19 vaccine mandate, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has said that federal anti-discrimination laws don't prohibit employers from requiring the vaccines for employees.

The early experience with Covid-19 vaccine mandates shows that when faced with a choice between vaccine compliance and losing a job, nearly all employees choose to get vaccinated. After United Airlines required all employees to receive a vaccine, 99.5% of its US-based employees complied with the policy. As of November 1, 93% to 99% of members of the military services had been vaccinated. The percentage of New York City firefighters who received at least a first dose of vaccine jumped six points in the past week, and 27 percentage points since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the mandate on Oct. 19.

Nonetheless, speaking about the decision by the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans to affirm the stay on Biden's mandate, Judge Kurt Engelhardt wrote, "The mandate is a one-size-fits-all sledgehammer that makes hardly any attempt to account for differences in workplaces." Using politically charged language, the judge continued, "The public interest is also served by maintaining our constitutional structure and maintaining the liberty of individuals to make intensely personal decisions according to their own convictions -- even or perhaps particularly when those decisions frustrate government officials."

Europe's COVID-19 surge highlights warnings for US

  Europe's COVID-19 surge highlights warnings for US Experts say a COVID-19 surge in Europe serves as a warning to the United States about the continued threat of the virus, even as many are ready to move past the pandemic era.Despite the European Union having a higher vaccination level than the U.S., parts of Europe saw a record number of coronavirus infections on Wednesday.The spike in cases has prompted Austria to reimpose a lockdown, while Belgium has moved to righten rules including a mask mandate amid its own surge, sparking protests.Tough measures like a lockdown, or anything like it, are not expected in the United States, where there is no appetite among the public and the Biden administration has dismissed the idea.

There are several other pending legal actions that also seek to block the national vaccine mandate, some focusing on whether OSHA, which was created by Congress to assure "safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources" has overstepped its charter. It seems likely that the fate of the administration's vaccine mandate will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court. As we continue to face a highly contagious and lethal pathogen, time is of the essence.

While the Court's decision is uncertain, it is abundantly clear that if we are to prevail against this pandemic, many more people must be vaccinated. Vaccine mandates are a crucial public health tool that have been shown to significantly increase vaccine compliance. On Thursday, the American Medical Association and more than 60 other groups urged the nation's employers to voluntarily implement the Biden Administration's vaccine mandate plan. Hopefully, the Supreme Court will quickly decide if a broad vaccine mandate is constitutional, and ultimately if we are a country that is one for all, not all for one.

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In omicron hot spot, somber mood as S Africa faces variant .
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The overcast, drizzly skies match the somber mood at the Tshwane University of Technology, a hot spot in South Africa’s latest surge of COVID-19 cases, apparently driven by the new omicron variant that is leading countries around the world to impose new restrictions. After several students tested positive, the university postponed some exams, and officials in the larger metropolitan area of Tshwane, which includes the capital of Pretoria, are pushing vaccinations, especially among younger adults who have been slow to get the shots. At TUT, as the university is known, few students wanted to speak about the new variant that has cast a pall.

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