The world is talking about it … Is the Delta the last major variant?

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AA / After working for the FDA for 23 years, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, in a statement to CNN, pointed out that the Delta variant has the potential to be the last major wave of infection in the country and that Kovid- 19 could continue to be a problem.

Gottlieb said: “The Delta Wave was not unexpected. If the existing immunity is not violated by another variant, the Delta variant will be the last major wave of infection but will become a widespread risk.” used the expression.

Pointing out that 76% of adults in the United States have at least one dose of the vaccine, Gottlieb said, “It would take about 80 or 85% of the population to be vaccinated to see the case rate drop and the rate of spread start to increase. to slow down. . ”commented.

The former FDA administrator pointed out that the Delta variant may continue to be effective and that there may be an increase in cases, especially as the colder weather approaches.

Pointing out that the Kovid-19 virus circulating with influenza cases can further increase the number of cases and deaths, Gottlieb said, “The challenge is that we already have the flu and if we have Kovid-19 circulating with the flu, the cumulative deaths and illnesses caused by these two contagious will be too much for society to bear. »Made a statement.

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Gottlieb stressed the importance of making offices less crowded and wearing masks in public places, at least on purpose.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, as of Wednesday last week, more than 130,000 new cases of Kovid-19 have been recorded in the country on average every day. Although this figure is lower than the summer 2021 average (172,000 per day), based on the period up to September 14, it was pointed out that it is more than 11 times higher than the figures for 2.5 months ago.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, to date there are nearly 87,000 Kovid-19 patients in US hospitals, and a quarter of 80% occupied intensive care beds across the country are occupied. by Kovid-19 patients.

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