Although it may feel like the coronavirus pandemic is wrapping up fast, with COVID-19 vaccines being distributed, however, the cases are actually rising.
“The current 7-day moving average of daily new cases (69,577) increased 8.1% compared with the previous 7-day moving average (64,340),” according to the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review.
“The virus still “causes a concern”, read on for the 5 points every American needs to know to stay safe.
The Current COVID Situation is “Complicated”
Overall, about 125.8 million people, or 37.9% of the U.S. population, have received at least one dose of vaccine. About 78.5 million people, or 23.6% of the U.S. population, have been fully vaccinated.
As of April 15, the 7-day average number of administered vaccine doses reported to CDC per day was 3.3 million, a 10.3% increase from the previous week.
- People between 18 to 64 are Being Hospitalized More
“Nationally, COVID-19-related emergency department visits as well as both hospital admissions and current hospitalizations have risen among patients ages 18 to 64 years in recent weeks,” says the CDC.
“The good news is that emergency department visits and hospitalizations among people ages 65 years and older have decreased, likely demonstrating the important role vaccination plays in protecting against COVID-19. As of April 15, 80% of people 65 years or older have received at least one dose of vaccine and 63.7% are fully vaccinated.”
- The Daily Death Rate is Increasing
“Although the 7-day moving average of daily new deaths has generally decreased for the past 13 weeks, the 7-day average of daily new deaths (712) increased 10.8% compared with the prior 7-day average,” says the CDC. “As of April 14, 2021, a total of 561,356 COVID-19 deaths have been reported, including 831 new deaths.”
- How to Stay Safe during the Pandemic?
“As access to vaccines for all Americans increases, we have reason to be hopeful,” says the CDC. “However, until more of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, consistent use of prevention strategies, such as universal and correct use of masks, social distancing, and hand washing, will help to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19? Even if you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking these everyday precautions in public places.”