New York – Health officials are urging New Yorkers not to disappoint their guards, as Easter, Passover and Ramadan all fall on the same weekend this year, while two new sub-variants of Omicron are causing an increase in corona cases.
The New York Health Commissioner reminds everyone to rub shoulders and get tested before meeting with loved ones because the state’s positive rate is close to 5%.
“Holidays are a time of togetherness, love and reflection,” said Dr. Ashwin and Essen. “We wish everyone a happy and especially healthy holiday. To stay safe, the Ministry of Health strongly recommends masking in public internal settings, especially in groups where the vaccine status of other people is unknown. We also highly recommend that people get a corona virus check before or after attending any meetings, and certainly before you choose to remove your mask at a holiday gathering. Encourage the friends and loved ones you will see this weekend to be tested even before the gathering. “
The coincidence of three religions observing the same date is unusual but – special – because it is the first time many can gather without restrictions since the COVID-19 epidemic began.
Officials do not expect a peak almost as high as the previous one, when the contagious omicron version of the corona virus tore the population apart.
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But experts warn that the near-wave – caused by a mutation called BA.2 that is thought to be 30% more contagious – will sweep the entire country. They fear that hospitalizations, which are already increasing in some parts of the Northeast, will increase in an increasing number of countries in the coming weeks. And the wave of cases will be bigger than it looks, they say, because the numbers reported are a huge missing count because more people are checking in at home without reporting their infections or skipping tests altogether.
At the height of the previous omicron rise, reported daily cases reached hundreds of thousands. As of Thursday, the seven-day rolling average for new daily cases had risen to 39,521, up from 30,724 two weeks earlier, according to data from Jones Hopkins collected by the AP.
Dr. Eric Topol, head of the Scripps Translation Institute, said the numbers are likely to continue to grow until the wave reaches a quarter of the height of the last “monstrous”. “In the case measurement chart, he said.
Keeping the increase slightly, experts said, is a higher level of immunity in the U.S. from vaccination or past infection compared to early winter.
But Ray said the U.S. might look like Europe, where the BA.2 jump was “significant” in some places with similar levels of immunity. “We could have a significant jump here,” he said.
Both experts said BA.2 would be phased out in the country gradually. The Northeast has been hit the hardest so far – with more than 90% of new infections caused by BA.2 last week compared to 86% in the country. As of Thursday, the highest rates of new corona cases per capita over the past 14 days were in Vermont, Rhode Island, Alaska, New York and Massachusetts. In Washington D.C., which is also ranked in the top 10 in the new case classes, Howard University has announced that it is passing most undergraduate classes online for the remainder of the semester because of a “significant increase in COVID-19 positivity” in the county. On campus.
Some states, such as Rhode Island and New Hampshire, have seen the average daily new cases rise more than 100% in two weeks, according to Jones Hopkins.
In New Hampshire, the increase in the number of cases comes two weeks after the closure of all 11 state-run vaccine sites, and the governor is under pressure to change course.
Joseph Wendlken, a spokesman for Rhode Island’s health department, said the index they are focusing on most at the moment is hospitalizations, which remain relatively low. About 55 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, compared to more than 600 at some point in the epidemic.
Officials receive high vaccination rates. State statistics show that 99% of Rhode Island adults are at least partially vaccinated and 48% have received the dose of urge that scientists believe is key in protecting against serious diseases with Omicron.
Vermont also has relatively high levels of vaccine and fewer patients in the hospital than at the peak of the first omicron wave. But Dr. Mark Levin, the health commissioner there, said hospitalizations and the number of patients in intensive care units both rose slightly, though the deaths did not rise.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that new hospitalizations of patients with verified COVID-19 have increased slightly in New England and the New York area.
On the West Coast, models from the University of Oregon Health and Science anticipate a slight increase in hospitalizations over the next two months in the same state, where cases have also risen sharply.
As the wave sweeps across the country, experts have said that countries with low vaccination rates may face more infections and severe cases that will reach the hospital.
Ray said government leaders must maintain the right tone when talking to people about self-defense and others after the corona restrictions were largely lifted. Philadelphia recently became the first major U.S. city to regain its internal mask mandate after a sharp rise in infections. But Vermont’s Levin said there are no plans to restore any of the restrictions previously imposed during the plague.
“It will be difficult to take restrictive measures and dragons,” Ray said. “Fortunately, we have some tools we can use to reduce risks. So I hope leaders emphasize the importance of people watching numbers,” were aware of the risks and considered taking precautions like wearing masks and getting vaccinated and reinforced if they were not already.
Lynn Richmond, a 59-year-old breast cancer survivor living in Silver Spring, MD, said she plans to get her second booster and continue to wear her mask in public as cases increase in her state and nearby Washington
“I never stopped wearing my mask … I stayed especially alert,” she said. “I feel like I’ve come this far; I do not want to get COVID.”
At the New Hampshire Veterans Home with 250 beds in Tilton, the staff still wears masks and social alienation. Veterans are allowed to go on limited trips to places like the Museum of Antique Race Cars and restaurants where they can get a separate room and the masked wait staff.
Vigilance is a good strategy, experts said, because the corona virus constantly throws curve balls. One of the latter: even more infectious sub-variants of BA.2 found in New York State, known as BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1. And scientists warn that potentially dangerous new versions could appear at any time.
“We should not think the epidemic is over,” Topol said. “We still have to keep our guard up.”
With the AP news agency.