Here is what happens to the coronavirus epidemic in the US on Monday.
KNOW THREE THINGS TODAY.
– The number of victims of COVID-19 in the United States has almost exceeded 500,000. The virus has spread to all parts of the country, to communities of all sizes. At the same time, many families remained isolated, unable to even bury themselves. Experts warn that there are likely to be more than 100,000 deaths in the coming months, despite the vaccination campaign.
– President Biden is targeting federal epidemic aid to firms with more than 20 employees, the country’s smallest businesses and enterprises owned by women of color.
– New research shows that teachers may be more likely to be infected with COVID-19 transmission in schools than students. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed nine transmission clusters in elementary schools in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, with only one student, apparently the first documented case. The CDC advises schools to reduce teacher-to-teacher appointments, ensure proper mask wear, and increase physical distance. Teacher vaccinations may also be desirable, says the CDC, although it adds that they are not required for school reopening.
NUMBERS. According to Hopkins University on February 21, the average seven-day average of new cases per day in the United States has dropped from approximately 117,222 on February 7 to 69,986 on February 21. During the same period, the seven-day moving average of new deaths per day also fell from February 7, 2813, to February 21, 1872.
“It’s very difficult for me to imagine an American who does not know a deceased person or a family member,” said Ali Mokdad, a professor of health measurement at the University of Washington in Seattle. “We do not really fully understand how bad it is, how devastating it is for all of us.”
ICYMI. Washington health officials hope religious leaders will serve as community advocates to overcome what officials say is a persistent reluctance to get vaccines in the community. Mortars make up just under half the region’s population, but account for almost three-quarters of COVID-19 deaths. The city offers vaccinations to any resident over the age of 65 և gives vaccine priority status to those who predominate in the ZIP ZIP codes.
FATHER ONLINE. Rhode Island’s largest healthcare organization has begun allowing patients to visit again, according to the Department of Health guidelines announced last week, including obstetric services for one-time delivery only. All visitors must adhere to the designated visiting hours, be checked for symptoms or possible effects.
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