At the beginning of the outbreak, health experts stressed that older adults are most at risk from the virus, which has infected more than 4.8 million people in the United States, but new data from the World Health Organization show that most cases – so far – have been reported in humans. aged 25 to 64. The proportion of cases among teenagers and young adults has increased sixfold, and in very young children and babies the proportion has increased sevenfold, the WHO said.
The increase can be explained by wider testing, greater detection of milder cases and a shift in demographic hotspots, but “increased risk behavior after easing public health and social issues”
“It’s a disease that everyone should take seriously. Please look out for each other,” said Dr. Lawton Davis, Georgia’s Coastal County Health Officer.
The resurgence of big parties and social outings are a source of widespread infections after the restrictions were lifted, and younger people are more likely to participate, said Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. They have recently become the hardest hit population in the county and continue to grow, she said.
In New Mexico, where one-fifth of all cases between the ages of 20 and 29 are reported, Secretary of State for Human Services Dr. David Scriy urged people not to plan large gatherings for Labor Day.
“Just do this cooking with the people you live with,” Scrize said Thursday. “Don’t bring the family together. There will be more time for that.”
Masks could save 70,000 lives
More than 160,000 people have died from coronavirus in the United States so far, and that number could double by almost December, the director of a leading model said on Thursday.
But constant wearing of masks could save nearly 70,000 of the 295,000 people expected to die from the virus by Dec. 1, said Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. CNN’s global mayor’s office.
“It’s rare to see something so simple, so cheap, so easy for everyone to participate, it can have such an extraordinary impact in the United States and also around the world,” Murray said.
At least 39 states, as well as Washington, the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico, have met some mask requirements. Kentucky Gov. Andy Basher extended his state’s mandate by 30 days on Thursday, saying “It’s working.”
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated the recommendations for masks on its website, urging people not to use masks with flaps or openings. While the one-way valve keeps people cooler by allowing air to escape, it also means that the respiratory droplets that carry the virus can escape and infect others.
Vaccine balancing peak and “ethical principles”
Vaccines are evolving rapidly in hopes of getting the pandemic under control, but health experts warn that they will only be published once they are safe.
Dr Anthony Foci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he was looking forward to the vaccine when it reached the required standard.
“When the vaccine becomes available after a randomized placebo trial controlled by 30,000 people or more and shown to be safe and effective, I would receive it at any time within the time frame of the people who prioritize it according to ethical principles.” Foci said on the POLITICO Pulse Check podcast.
He said he was “satisfied” with the first weekly enrollment in Phase 3 of the Modern Coronavirus Vaccine Clinical Trial, which saw 1,290 people randomly to receive either the vaccine or a dummy. Modern plans to enroll 30,000 people in its trial.
Foci told CNN he expected to “get an answer” on whether the vaccine works in November or December.
President Donald Trump hopes to get an answer much sooner. He said Thursday that he was “optimistic” that the vaccine could be ready by election day on November 3rd.
But former surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murty told CNN’s WolfN Blitzer on Thursday that giving specific dates on when a vaccine might be available is “very dangerous.”
“We can’t sacrifice our standards because if we do, it not only hurts people, it will hurt people’s faith in the vaccine effort,” Murty said.
Experts call for a national plan
Federal officials are often at odds with local leaders and health experts, and five former CDC directors have said it is time for national leadership against the pandemic.
“It’s amazing that six months after the pandemic, it’s not clear who’s in charge, federally,” Dr. Thomas Frieden said at a roundtable hosted by ABC News Live. “There is no plan. There is no general data that we look at to see what happens to the virus and what happens to our response.”
Removing the CDC aside and conflicting reports from the Trump administration have led to partisanship, confusion and an increase in the spread of the virus, Frieden said.
Dr Richard Besser, who was the current head of the CDC during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic in 2009, said that returning to school was complicated by mixed reports. “If you have politicians who say that the CDC leadership is an obstacle to getting children back to school, instead of a roadmap for their safe operation, then the whole system is falling apart,” Besser said.
In the absence of national leadership, government officials take action against the virus in their own hands.
Louisiana Gov. John Bell Edwards extended the bar’s closure Thursday and announced that the state would remain in the second phase of its resumption plan, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio extended the city’s state of emergency, which was first signed in March. with another 30 days,
CNN’s Lauren Mascarenhas, Shelby Lynn Erdman, Maggie Fox, Jamiel Lynch, Elizabeth Cohen, Holly Silverman, Jen Christensen and Elizabeth Hartfield contributed to this report.