In the United States, optimism is rife as COVID-19 mortality rates fall sharply, with states easing restrictions and open vaccinations for young adults. But across Europe, the horror begins with another wave of infections closing schools and cafes, leading to new blockades.
The different pathways of the epidemic on both continents may be partly due to the much more successful distribution of vaccines in the United States and the spread of more contagious variants in Europe.
Health experts in the United States say that what is happening in Europe should be a warning against ignoring social distance or not leaving other guarantees premature.
“Each of these countries has had its ups and downs, as we have now, each of which has had a booming trend since they ignored well-known mitigation strategies,” said Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “They just looked away from the ball.”
The result has been a sharp rise in new infections and hospitalizations in a number of European countries over the past few weeks.
Poland has more than doubled the number of COVID-19 new cases since February, tightening its health care system, leading to a three-week nationwide blockade announced Wednesday for shopping malls, theaters, galleries and sports centers.
Earlier this week, Italy closed most of its classrooms, expanding the areas where restaurants and cafes can only deliver or deliver. Health experts in the country say they are seeing more and more patients who are younger than middle-aged.
In France, officials imposed blockades over the English Channel’s north of the English Channel on the south’s weekend, preparing new restrictions for the Paris region, possibly beyond, which will be announced on Thursday.
COVID-19 patients occupy 100% of standard intensive care hospital beds in the suburbs of the country.
“If we do nothing, we are heading for disaster,” Remy Salomon, a senior government official at Paris State Hospital, told BFM television.
Serbia announced a nationwide blockade the rest of the week, closing all non-essential shops and businesses. The country of 7 million reported more than 5,000 new cases on Tuesday, the highest number in recent months.
The trends are much more encouraging in the United States, which has a total of about 537,000 deaths, more than in any other country.
Deaths in the United States fell below an average of 1,300 a day, down from a two-month high. The new cases, after peaking at more than a quarter of a million in early January, average about 55,000 percent a day.
An empty hallway and a set of unused face shields inside a closed COVID-19 ICU at Mission Hospital, Mission Hospital, California, speak to the improved prospects for the United States.
The wing was filled with patients at the beginning of the year.
“It gives me a goose. “It’s really just surreal, because, you know, a month and a half ago, our unit was full of super, super-sick COVID patients, many of whom couldn’t stand it,” said ICU Nurse Christina Anderson.
The EU’s overall vaccination efforts lag far behind those of Britain and the United States due to a lack of other obstacles. Approximately 1 in 5 people in the United States has received at least one dose, compared with less than 1 in 10 in most European countries.
In another troubling turn, many European countries, including Germany, France, Spain and Italy, have stopped using AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine due to reports of dangerous blood clots among small recipients, although regulators say there is no evidence of gunfire. to blame
Many European countries have not been vaccinated so quickly that they do not become more contagious, said Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior fellow at the Suns Hopkins Center for Health and Safety in Baltimore, Maryland. These versions are also common in the United States
“Vaccines without speed limit, 24/7, will protect us from the events in Europe,” said Adalyan.
Adalyan said he believed it was too early for states to relinquish their mandate, but that restaurants elsewhere could gradually increase capacity.
“We should not do what Texas did,” Adalyan said. “By keeping the masks in place, you can increase your abilities.”
Texas և Several other states have lifted their national mask requirements or plan to do so soon, while governors in more than half of the states have moved to ease other restrictions in the coming weeks. This includes allowing more people into restaurants, gyms and cinemas.
At the same time, airlines have had their best weeks since the epidemic began, with more people booking flights in the spring and summer.
Josh Misho, deputy director of global health policy with the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C., says optimism should also be exercised with caution.
He said that in many parts of Europe, “the rapid easing of distance requirements, coupled with the population being let down by their guards while they looked to the light at the end of a long epidemic tunnel,” he said.
According to him, the lesson for the United States is to vaccinate at-risk individuals as soon as possible, to control the options, “to keep them stable slowly while reducing the demands of social distance.”
This report was supported by Associated Press video journalist Eugene Garcia in California և AP reporters across Europe.