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As COVID cases rise, White House urges reinforcements and new funding from Congress

WASHINGTON — States with low coronavirus vaccine booster rates could see increased COVID-19 deaths as Omicron variant strains spread across the US, pandemic response coordinator from the white house dr Ashish Jha warned on Sunday.

“A major pattern is emerging in the Northeast that helps chart the way forward,” Jha wrote on Twitter. He and others have tried to quell concerns about the new surge in cases while pointing to the means available to keep people out of hospitals and morgues.

dr Ashish Jha, White House coronavirus response coordinator, at a press briefing on April 26. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

Infection rates in New England and the mid-Atlantic have been rising for weeks, fueled by BA.2, a Omicron subvariant. Other subvariants have also been detected, including BA.2.12.1, BA.2.13, BA.4, and BA.5, with BA.2.12.1 in particular gaining traction in the United States. These new subvariants “show higher potential transmissibility than BA.2”. according to a recent study.

Previous infection of the original Omicron variant appears to offer little protection against re-infection by newer sub-variants. And while these new strains also have the ability to get through the vaccine firewall, Booster shots appear to enhance protection – making booster rates an especially telling indication of how states will fare in the coming weeks.

“We have to accept that COVID-19 is here with us, and the thing to do is use the tools at our disposal to live with the disease while protecting the vulnerable.” George Washington University Public Health Professor Dr. Leana Wen Yahoo told News in a text message.

Not all states have embraced those tools — shots, boosters, and treatments — with the same enthusiasm. Masking has become a matter of choice, and Democratic states are just as open as Republican-ruled ones. the nation marked his 1 millionth death from COVID-19 In the past week.

“It is extremely difficult to avoid getting infected with the coronavirus,” Wen said.

People ride the subway without a face covering in New York in April.

People ride the subway without a face covering in New York in April. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

The White House is also warning that unless Congress provides $22.5 billion in funding, the nation will not be prepared for a fall wave. that the Biden administration predicts could infect 100 million Americans. “That’s the key,” a White House official working on the pandemic response told Yahoo News about a new funding round. Jha reiterated that message. “If Congress doesn’t do that now, we’re going into this fall and winter without any of the capabilities that we’ve built over the last two years.” he told ABC on Sunday.

With the arrival of summer and the spread of new sub-variants of the coronavirus, and with funding from Congress and the patience of Americans dwindling, the Biden administration has been faced with a dilemma over how to describe the current pandemic moment. There is unlikely to be the kind of victory declaration President Biden offered from the White House on Independence Day last year.

But there also appears to be little appetite for the kinds of restrictions that followed Omicron’s original wave earlier this year, when schools and businesses closed again and some feared 2022 would look too much like 2020. The vast majority of Americans they have some form of immunity against the coronavirus, either through previous infection or through vaccination. And while the new Omicron strains are more transmissible, they don’t cause more serious illness.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of Congress participate in a moment of silence to commemorate the 900,000 American lives lost to the pandemic, on February 7, 2022.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and members of Congress participate in a moment of silence on February 7 to commemorate the 900,000 American lives lost to the pandemic. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

“I expect this next wave to be much smaller than what we had in January,” said North Carolina State Public Health Professor Julie Swann. told USAToday.

In other words, keep calm and carry on, as long as you are vaccinated and boosted, properly assess your risk, wear a mask on public transport, and isolate if you get sick. Some may find such qualifications onerous, but public health officials — and many Democratic elected leaders — insist they are a prerequisite for a healthy return to normal life.

“We have entered the endemic phase where we (unfortunately) accept that COVID is not going to go away as we increase resources for our highest risk patients and populations,” Washington, D.C., physician Lucy McBride he told Yahoo News. “We cannot eliminate the risk; we can only mitigate it. And we know how to do it: with vaccines, ventilation and surveillance protecting the vulnerable.”

The Gridiron Club gala and the White House Correspondents Association dinner, both held in Washington, DC, in April, saw attendees test positive for the virus. New York Mayor Eric Adams tests positive for coronavirus last month, as did Vice President Kamala Harris; governor of new york kathy hochul announced his own asymptomatic coronavirus infection on Sunday.

But while some denounced this as examples of a society prematurely rushing to reopen, others argued that communities that had taken the right steps were justified in getting back to business as usual.

President Biden speaks during the annual meeting of White House correspondents.  Association Dinner on April 30.

President Biden at the White House Correspondents Association Annual Dinner on April 30. (Al Drago/Reuters)

Jha was among those attending the correspondents’ association gala, as was the president. None wore a mask. Anthony Fauci, the president’s top medical adviser. He was scheduled to attend, only to announce that he was staying away from the festivities, which had been canceled for the past two years; Politico later reported that Fauci saw the dinner as “a worrying sign that many Americans no longer view COVID as a serious threat.”

Jha’s Twitter thread was a rebuttal of sorts to Fauci, who had recently said the “pandemic emergency” was over, only to revise that comment after criticism.

The United States as a whole is now seeing an average of around 70,000 new cases a day. By contrast, there were only 25,000 new cases per day across the country in March. But public health officials have said for months that infection rates themselves are a poor indicator of the state of the pandemic. Guidelines revised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this year highlighted hospitalizations as a more accurate indicator of a community’s level of risk.

As Jha noted, infection spikes in states like Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are not as concerning as they would have been in 2020. “We are seeing a real split between cases and deaths,” he wrote. COVID-19 deaths tend to follow spikes in infection by several weeks. They have remained exceptionally low in New England and the mid-Atlantic states, suggesting the spike that began there in March has killed few people.

A woman takes a coronavirus test at a temporary testing site in New York on May 3.

A woman takes a coronavirus test at a temporary testing site in New York on May 3. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Jha noted that the case fatality rate (the number of deaths divided by the number of cases) had fallen to 0.3% in parts of the Northeast, about a fifth of what it had been previously. New York City, once the center of the coronavirus epidemic with thousands of deaths daily, is now seeing about five COVID-19 deaths per day.

High boost rates help explain the differential. The protection of the original dose of the vaccine deteriorates over time, but can be restored with a booster. People over the age of 50 are now eligible for a second booster shot.

What was once considered “the pandemic of the unvaccinated” has fractured once again with differential reinforcement rates. Only 30% of the US population is driven. Rates are highest in the Northeast, with 83% of people over the age of 65, the population most likely to have serious illness, driven in Vermont. By contrast, only 36% of seniors receive a booster in North Carolina and only 48% in Alabama.

Those areas could see a steeper rise in hospitalizations and deaths than the Northeast, Jha warned Sunday. “Unfortunately, other parts of our nation have lower booster rates and less testing, so the virus can more easily spread undetected. And the population is less protected, which worries me for the next few weeks/months as BA.2.12.1 spreads to other less powered places.”

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