The United States may have its own version of a more transmissible coronavirus that could help fuel the already aggressive spread of the virus, the White House Task Force on Coronavirus said in its latest report to states this week.
Reports sent by the working group to the states on January 3 warn of the possibility of a “US version”
“This jump in the fall / winter is almost twice as high as the increase in cases than the spring and summer jumps. This acceleration suggests that there may be a version of the United States that has evolved here, in addition to a version of the United Kingdom that is already spreading in our communities and may be 50% more transmitted, “said messages received from CNN.
The working group called for “aggressive mitigation … to be combined with a much more aggressive virus”.
This mitigation should include the use of face masks, the task force said, and the immediate vaccination of as many people as possible.
“Without the uniform application of effective facial masking (two- or three-layered and well-fitting) and strict social distancing, epidemics can quickly worsen as these options spread and become prevalent.”
The United States is tracking cases of a variant first identified in Britain that appears to be more easily transmitted.
The pandemic continued to rage as the nation turned its attention to the US Capitol uprising and the victory of President-elect Joe Biden, and the task force continued to warn countries of “aggressive community dissemination” after the holiday season.
“The United States remains on a high plateau of 140-150,000 confirmed and suspected COVID intakes per week and a total of 120-125,000 patients. Significant continuing deterioration, from California through the Sun and up to the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, despite low levels of testing during the holidays, suggests an aggressive spread of the community, the working group said in a statement.
The working group’s reports also call for the creation of outpatient infusion sites for the treatment of monoclonal antibodies, “immediately available for life-saving”.
And while the nation is fighting for rapid immunization of Americans, reports say vaccines “should be introduced into arms now.”
“Do not delay rapid immunization of persons over 65 years of age and vulnerable to serious illness; recommend the creation of high-performance vaccination sites using EMT staff to monitor for potential anaphylaxis and make full use of medical students. No vaccines should be in freezers, instead they should be put into arms now; active and aggressive immunization in the face of this leap would save lives, ”the reports said.
This week, California is the state with the most new cases per 100,000 population, followed by Arizona, Kansas, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Utah, Arkansas, West Virginia, Georgia and Massachusetts in the top 10.
Test positivity, an indication of an increase in the number of upcoming cases, is highest in Oklahoma, followed by Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.
Arkansas has the most hospitalizations per 100 inpatient beds, followed by Arizona, Maryland, Oklahoma, Georgia, Kentucky, California, DC, South Carolina and New Mexico.
And Kansas has the most new deaths per 100,000 population, followed by Wyoming, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, Arizona, Tennessee and Rhode Island.