January 30th – According to the data of Johns Hopkins University in the United States, January 30, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States exceeded 25.92 million, and more than 430,000 people died of the novel coronavirus.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the Variant virus found in South Africa has begun to spread in communities in the United States; another warship in the United States has been infected collectively; and the distribution of vaccines in the United States is still chaotic.
U.S. Disease Control and Prevention: Variant viruses found in South Africa have spread throughout the United States
Fauci reminds the emergence of Variant viruses to be a “warning bell”
Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said on the 29th local time that two confirmed patients with Variant coronavirus found in South Africa in South Carolina showed that the Variant virus had begun to spread in communities across the United States.
“I think it’s a concern that we know that the two people don’t know each other and that they’ve not been to South Africa.
So the current presumption is that the Variant virus has spread in the community,” Valensky pointed out that under the Biden administration, the scope and process of testing for the virus have “expanded”, which means that the chances of finding more Variant viruses have increased.
At the same time, Valensky is also worried that when the virus Variant and produces a dominant strain, it may prevent the vaccine from performing its normal effects.
She stressed that scientists have developed new vaccines based on existing vaccines, “will more effectively target these Variant viruses”.
On the other hand, on the 29th local time, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at a press conference at the White House that the emergence of Variant coronavirus is a “warlock call”.
We will continue to see the evolution of Variant. We have to be flexible so that we can adjust at any time.”
Fauci also said that Variant coronavirus is expected to become the main epidemic strain in the United States by the spring of 2021.
The death toll from the novel coronavirus in the United States continues to rise.
Another destroyer has been infected collectively.
On the 29th local time, the Institute of Health Indicators and Evaluation (IHME) of the University of Washington estimated that the Variant novel coronavirus found in South Africa may lead to the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States, reaching 654,000 on May 1.
Experts said that if Americans can widely use masks and maintain social distancing, the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States is expected to be more than 590,000 by May 1.
However, if Americans do not comply with these epidemic prevention measures well, the total number of COVID-19 deaths is expected to rise to more than 650,000.
On the same day, the U.S. Navy issued a statement confirming that about 12 crew members on the destroyer Chaffey tested positive for COVID-19.
Confirmed patients and close contacts have been evacuated from the ship and quarantined, but the destroyer will continue to carry out its mission.
Los Angeles vaccine distribution is in chaos
Is it more effective to wear two kinds of masks?
In addition, as more and more Los Angeles residents were reportedly getting their first doses, tight supply and scheduling problems online prevented them from completing the two doses of the vaccine.
On the 28th, local time, thousands of people’ vaccine reservations in Los Angeles may have been postponed.
Meanwhile, many other residents have also encountered problems using the county’s online appointment system.
Local government officials said that many people are worried about the second dose of vaccination, so the county’s call center sometimes receives thousands of calls every hour.
This uncertainty exposes how the county manages the declining supply of vaccines and how to share key information with communities that desperately need answers.
Residents are experiencing rising anxiety as the second vaccination comes with additional pressure on time constraints.
Andrew Nomel, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, said that “there is not enough transparency”.
Statewide officials have said vaccine distribution projections will shrink in recent weeks.
While this may change, the number of vaccines that states and counties will be able to receive in the future due to lack of prior notice has affected long-term planning.
On the other hand, the CDC is currently experimenting with the effect of wearing two masks.
Dr. Brooks, chief medical officer of the CDC’s response to the novel coronavirus, said on the 29th local time that no experimental data have been seen to test both masks at the same time.
Once there is information, it will be shared.
Brooks also stressed in particular that the most important thing is to make as many people as possible wear masks.