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The fourth wave of COVID19 cases is here; Pandemic of non-vaccinated

by RTD Journal
Omicron Odisha

Here’s a glimpse of fourth wave, know what’s happening in the United States.

The recurrence of COVID-19 cases two weeks ago suggests that the United States has entered the fourth wave of the pandemic.

No one knows what the next month or two will bring, but the United Kingdom’s example shows that infection rates can rise dramatically, and hospitalization and mortality remain low.

Instead of the virus that affects all communities, it is expected to target those who are not vaccinated, including children, and if the numbers are high enough, and the most vulnerable of those infected – the elderly and immunocompromised

“With so many people already having antibodies, there is little chance that we will return to the big waves across the country we saw back in January,” said Dr. David Dowdy, an infectious disease epidemiologist with the Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said in a Wednesday webinar with media.

But large outbreaks are likely to occur, especially in areas with low vaccination rates.

“We will be living in two pandemic areas, the vaccinated and the non-vaccinated,” said Dr. Luis Ostrosky, chief of infectious diseases at UTHealth and an infectious disease specialist at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston.

Three vaccines approved for use in the United States, from Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson, have all been shown to be very effective in fighting various viruses, including Delta, which now causes many U.S. cases.

More than 99% of those currently in hospital with COVID-19 are vaccinated. Ostrosky said almost all of his patients were not vaccinated and all regretted not getting the shots.

COVID-19 may not be as lethal in this new wave, as older people are more likely to be vaccinated and younger people are less likely to die from infection, says Ravina Kullar, an infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist and adjunct faculty member at UCLA Medical Center.

What can be done?

Reversing the spread of disease, which is necessary, “means injecting a sense of urgency into this figure,” Ostrosky said, recommending that people be vaccinated and continue to wear masks in homes and also when they are in public place.

“If we do not take action now, we will be in the same situation as we were last year with the closure, disruption and death toll,” he said. “It’s very disappointing.”

Ostrosky said he thinks there are two types of people who refuse to vaccinate: those who are left with false information and those who need further reassurance that they will not be harmed by the shot.

Unfortunately, he said, people who are too lazy to be vaccinated are also the ones who are too lazy to wear a mask.

Kullar said she wished the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had to wait a long time before saying that masks were not needed for complete immunization. Instead of giving a reason for the vaccine, the CDC’s move simply encouraged everyone, including those who are not vaccinated, to take off their masks, she said. “It’s very confusing for the community.”

He thinks people should continue to wear masks in homes in public places until at least 70% of those in their area or region are vaccinated.

Outside it is always safe, he said, especially when people are away from each other.

One thing that will always be very important in the fight against COVID-19, Ostrosky says, is that people should be vaccinated.

“We can do this,” he said. “There is no time to waste.”



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