The US magazine “Politico” said that Corona infections in the United States of America (USA) are rising again, which has led to the closure of classrooms and the increase in infected people in hospitals across the country.
The magazine added that concern prevails among public health officials, even in areas with a high rate of vaccination,
US officials warn that the country is headed for a spike in infections during the Thanksgiving holiday this week, which could cause thousands of deaths.
Although 70% of the US population has been vaccinated with at least one dose, and hospital cases are down from what they were in September, the new infections in many states remain grim, and trends point to a new wave in the coming weeks.
In Colorado, Idaho, and New Mexico, hospitals are operating under the standards of care that were in place at the height of the crisis.
While hospitals in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are close to or near the edge, with cases increasing steadily in light of outbreaks of infections in schools, and the cold weather increasing.
The Michigan Department of Health’s chief medical officer told the “Politico” that no part of the state has been spared this wave.
“Politico” notes that the recent surge in infections is particularly worrying for health officials because the travel season is expected to exacerbate the problem, as it did last year when Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings led to record numbers of new infections and caused more than 100,000 deaths in January.
There was hope that this year would be different. Besides vaccines, there are effective treatments that can greatly reduce the chances of hospitalization or death.
But as of Sunday evening, the average death rate was more than 1,100 deaths per day, which is roughly the same rate that existed at this same time last year before the vaccine was distributed.