After a period of troubling weeks due to the covid 19 cases, the hospitalization and death rate in the US is seeing a downward curve first time since August. However, health care experts say that this is not the time to relax as there is a high number of cases among the children.
Ashish Jha who is the Dean at Brown University says that there are tough times ahead as a large number of people are still unvaccinated. He further stated that the delta variant is exceptionally good at finding and targeting people who are not vaccinated thereby increasing the hospitalization cases much higher.
US Seeing A Decline In Covid Cases After The Delta Variant Strikes
As per the data from Johns Hopkins University, an average of 1,05,054 cases are being recorded on a daily basis in the US.
However, the mentioned number is less by 12,000 which was observed last week and scientist says that in the coming week it is going to go much lower around 50,000 by the end of the month or more.
Dr. Megan Ranney from Brown University said that it is up to us to decide if this is the last surge or not and the only way, we can do that is by getting vaccinated and breaking the cycle.
In a study conducted it has been found that children below the age of 18 are 22% of the total US population and the same accounts for 27% of all the hospitalization cases so far.
As the schools have reopened kids are much more vulnerable to getting the virus and this is a troublesome issue for the parents many of whom have asked to get back to online learning to keep the kids safe.
Children are currently not eligible for vaccination as of now. CDC has asked the schools to conduct various seminars for the kids so that they understand the importance of social distancing and the use of masks.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said that only 58% of the population has been vaccinated and with the coming winter months it will be harder as the winter season makes it easy for the virus transmission. Also, during winter times most of the people`s immunity goes down which makes it easy for the virus to become dominant in the bodies.
As per the reports from the CDC as of now, 645 children have died due to the covid 19 virus and the numbers are increasing on a daily basis. FDA said that even if there is some good chance that vaccines will help the kids it will be approved on a priority basis but will be considering all the risk factors associated with it as well.
Pharma giants like Pfizer and Moderna have already started testing the vaccine for kids and will soon have some results, if the results are in good condition, they will be requesting FDA for emergency approval as well.
On Oct 26 the FDA has organized a summit to discuss vaccine trials for children between the age group of 5 to 11. Ranney said that once the FDA vaccine advisers approve this the same will have to be approved by CDC and he is hopeful that there will be a vaccine for children in early November.
The most important thing now is to keep children out of hospital as long as possible as child death cannot be taken lightly by any of the organizations. Biden administration announced that they are going to set up more testing centers all around the country and give out more resources to all the states as well.