According to Worldometer’s real-time statistics, as of about 6:30 on August 16, Beijing time, a total of 37,465,629 confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in the United States, and a total of 637,557 deaths. Compared with the data at 6:30 the previous day, there were 58,719 new confirmed cases and 152 new deaths in the United States. Wall Street analysts predict that by the end of this year (2021), considering the rapid spread of the delta strain of the new crown mutation virus, a new wave of new crown pneumonia may cause at least 115,000 American deaths.
98.2% of the U.S. population is in high-risk areas
According to the US media “USA Today”, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of new confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia across the United States is increasing sharply, with a surge of 700% in July alone. US media analysis data shows that the country will report about 3.4 million new confirmed cases this month, making this month the fourth most severe month during the entire epidemic. According to CNN, as of August 9, local time, 98.2% of the people in the U.S. are living in areas with a “high” or “severe” spread of the new crown virus, and only 0.2% of people live in low-risk areas. . In other words, three-quarters of the U.S. population currently lives in areas with a “high” level of transmission of the new crown virus. The epidemic map produced by CNN this time shows that the entire United States is once again almost completely covered by red, with the most severe areas being the southern states. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, and Texas has soared. The total number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in these eight states has reached 51% of the nation’s total.
A variety of new coronavirus mutations are raging
A variety of new coronavirus variants are spreading in the United States, and the delta strain is still the mainstream strain. It is expected that its infections will account for 93% of the newly confirmed cases in the United States recently.
In addition to the widespread delta strain, another mutant strain, the Lambda strain, is also circulating in the United States. According to data from the “Global Initiative for Influenza Data Sharing” platform, an international shared genetic sequence resource, through genome sequencing, the United States has so far confirmed 1,060 cases of lambda strain infection. Infectious disease experts said they are paying close attention to the lambda strain.
According to statistics from the World Health Organization, the Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta strains that have emerged worldwide are marked as mutant viruses that require attention; the ETA, Jota, Kappa, and Lambda strains are Mutated viruses marked as “needs attention”. According to statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all mutant strains currently marked by the WHO are spreading in the United States. In addition, there are several variants that have not yet been marked by the WHO.
Among them, the new crown mutant strain B.1.526 (Yota) compared with other popular new crown mutant strains, the infection rate has increased by 15%-25%, and there is still no more than 10% immune escape in the infected population. In addition, the infection mortality rate of the mutant strain in the middle-aged and elderly population has increased significantly. Compared with the baseline mortality rate of the previous mutant strain, the infection mortality rate of the infected population aged 45-64, 65-74, and 75 years old has increased respectively. Increased 46%, 82% and 62%.
Child cases account for 15% of the total confirmed cases
Between July 29 and August 5, approximately 94,000 children in the United States were diagnosed with the new crown. The week before the 5th had the largest number of child cases, accounting for 15% of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported every week in the United States. The 7-day average of the number of new hospitalizations for child cases also hit a new high of 239 in recent days.
In addition, newborn babies cannot escape the virus. Within a week, Langval Hospital admitted 12 babies (10 under 12 weeks) who were diagnosed with COVID-19. Currently, 5 babies are still receiving treatment in the hospital, 2 of which have not yet reached their full month. The professor of infectious diseases said that children under 12 years of age cannot currently be vaccinated, and the delta strain is highly infectious, and the number of infections in this age group is increasing.
With the opening of schools in various parts of the United States, the epidemic prevention of American campuses is facing severe challenges. In Florida, a total of 300 children were hospitalized with the new crown last week. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis previously signed an executive order banning schools from requiring students to wear masks when they return to school in the fall. The Broward County School Board in Florida passed an 8 to 1 vote on Tuesday to require teachers and students to wear masks, and plans to initiate legal proceedings against the governor’s injunction.
On the 15th, Dr. Francis Collins, Dean of the National Institutes of Health, stated in an interview that the delta strain of the new coronavirus variant virus is highly contagious, and about 90 million Americans have not been vaccinated against the new crown. These are not vaccinated. Of Americans will be the most direct victims of future epidemics. Collins warned that Americans should be vaccinated immediately, and that Americans should wear masks again, and now is a critical time to reverse the situation.
Post time: Aug-16-2021