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Nikhil Prasad  Fact checked by:Thailand Medical News Team Dec 02, 2023  2 months, 3 weeks, 2 days, 1 hour, 7 minutes ago

COVID-19 News: U.S.CDC Sounds Alarm As COVID-19 Resurges Across America, Particularly In The Midwest And Mid-Atlantic Along With Rising Hospitalizations!

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COVID-19 News: U.S.CDC Sounds Alarm As COVID-19 Resurges Across America, Particularly In The Midwest And Mid-Atlantic Along With Rising Hospitalizations!
Nikhil Prasad  Fact checked by:Thailand Medical News Team Dec 02, 2023  2 months, 3 weeks, 2 days, 1 hour, 7 minutes ago
COVID-19 News: In a startling development, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a nationwide alert on Friday, revealing a significant and widespread resurgence of COVID-19. This marks the first substantial increase in virus transmission seen in several months, with the most alarming spikes observed in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Virtually all areas of the country are witnessing an acceleration in infection rates, signifying a concerning reversal of the progress made in recent times.


 
The CDC's weekly report, released on Friday, sheds light on the gravity of the situation.
https://www.cdc.gov/respiratory-viruses/data-research/dashboard/snapshot.html
 
Emergency room data and wastewater sampling have unveiled some of the steepest increases this season in the region spanning Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#ed-visits_separated_by_age_group
 
https://www.cdc.gov/nwss/rv/COVID19-currentlevels.html
 
Of particular concern is the surge in infections among nursing home residents in this Midwestern belt, reaching levels not witnessed since the peak of the last winter's COVID-19 wave.
https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/covid19/ltc-report-overview.html
 
During a House committee hearing on Thursday, CDC Director Dr Mandy Cohen attributed this resurgence to the aftermath of Thanksgiving, emphasizing, "We came down from that. We are going back up again after a lot of travel and gathering at Thanksgiving."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snGZt3NyZso
 
According to local COVID-19 News reports, the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions are now grappling with the largest increases, but the CDC's report underscores that virtually all regions across the country are experiencing accelerations. This unsettling trend comes despite the fact that the United States had previously managed to navigate through the late summer wave of COVID-19.
 
As of now, close to 2 million Americans reside in counties categorized as having "high" levels of COVID-19 hospitalizations, prompting the CDC to strongly advocate for public masking and the adoption of other precautions.
https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#maps_new-admissions-rate-county
 
Additionally, approximately 1 in 10 Americans find themselves in communities with "medium" levels of hospitalizations, warranting additional precautions for at-risk individuals.
 &l t;br /> Other Respiratory Infections Such As RSV Also Increasing Exponentially Across The United States.
Dr Cohen, in a briefing with reporters on Friday, highlighted the U.S.CDC's surveillance of other respiratory illnesses that have been accelerating in recent weeks. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), now "near peak" in many southern states, is causing concern as hospitalizations surpass pre-pandemic levels. Flu trends are also on the rise nationwide, with expectations of further increases into December.
 
However, the data suggest that influenza has yet to surpass COVID-19 levels overall.
https://www.cdc.gov/forecast-outbreak-analytics/about/season-outlook.html#recent-update
 
"Even though those are both going up, and we're at the peak of RSV, COVID is still the respiratory virus that is putting the most number of folks in the hospital and taking their lives," said Dr Cohen, underscoring the gravity of the ongoing situation.
 
Despite the simultaneous rise of other respiratory infections, Dr Cohen assured that U.S. trends suggest respiratory illnesses in children are not "atypical" so far.
 
The U.S. CDC has been particularly attentive to reports of pneumonia-like illnesses in children, including cases involving the common mycoplasma bacteria. Although mycoplasma pneumonia has been identified in sick children in Ohio, Dr Cohen emphasized that health officials in the state had not observed unusual strain on hospitals, with most affected children "recovering at home."
 
The global landscape is also witnessing concerning trends, as several countries report steeper increases in bacterial infections in children this season. Notably, Denmark recently warned of reaching epidemic levels of mycoplasma, a development that experts attribute to the disappearance of such infections during the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/breaking-medical-news-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-infections-rising-in-many-geolocations-including-china,-denmark,-taiwan-and-even-ohio-in-america
 
As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise for the third consecutive week, the CDC is closely monitoring the situation and offering updated insights. More than 19,400 new COVID-19 hospital admissions were reported last week, reflecting a fraction of the massive surges seen earlier in the pandemic but signaling a worrisome trend as the country enters the winter season.
https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#trends_weeklyhospitaladmissions_select_00
 
Dr Cohen also expressed disappointment in the vaccination rates during her testimony to Congress, revealing that only about 16% of Americans have received the updated COVID-19 vaccine. Cohen stressed that this figure falls significantly short of the desired vaccination coverage necessary to effectively curb the virus's spread.
 
"That's not enough," Dr Cohen emphasized, underscoring the urgent need for increased vaccination coverage across the nation. National vaccination rates for COVID-19, influenza, and RSV increased by less than 1 percentage point for children and adults last week, as per the CDC's latest data.
 
To address the unfolding situation, the U.S. CDC released an updated respiratory disease season outlook, providing a comprehensive assessment of the current landscape and anticipated challenges. The outlook, as of November 29, 2023, maintains that the fall and winter respiratory disease season will likely result in a similar number of hospitalizations as the previous season. However, the CDC acknowledges low to moderate confidence in this assessment due to uncertainties in predicting the timing and levels of peak disease activity.

Influenza surveillance data and hospital admission forecasts indicate an increasing trend in influenza activity, likely to continue into December. RSV activity is elevated in most parts of the country, slightly earlier than pre-pandemic years, but with a national peak expected to be lower and later than last year.
https://www.cdc.gov/respiratory-viruses/data-research/dashboard/snapshot.html
 
https://www.cdc.gov/forecast-outbreak-analytics/about/season-outlook.html#recent-update
 
The emergence of COVID-19 variants, including BA.2.86, is being closely monitored, with ongoing assessments of their impact on public health.
 
The outlook emphasizes vaccination as the most effective strategy to protect against severe outcomes of respiratory illnesses. It stresses the importance of vaccination, particularly for individuals at higher risk of developing serious complications, especially as respiratory disease activity is on the rise.
 
To provide decision-makers with information for public health preparedness planning, the CDC outlines potential scenarios for peak hospital demand during the upcoming season. Two hypothetical scenarios illustrate how the additional burden from COVID-19 during a moderate season for respiratory diseases may generate more hospital demand than a severe influenza and RSV season before the emergence of COVID-19.
 
As the nation navigates the challenges posed by the evolving respiratory disease landscape, the CDC reiterates its commitment to real-time monitoring and forecasting. The agency continues to analyze data on hospitalizations, emergency department visits, laboratory tests, genomic sequencing, and wastewater testing to enhance its understanding of the evolving situation.
 
In conclusion, the United States finds itself at a critical juncture in the ongoing battle against COVID-19, with a nationwide surge accompanied by escalating hospitalizations and the resurgence of other respiratory infections. The CDC's comprehensive assessment and outlook provide a roadmap for public health preparedness, emphasizing the urgency of increased vaccination coverage and adherence to preventive measures. As the winter season unfolds, the nation remains on high alert, with the CDC at the forefront of efforts to safeguard public health and mitigate the impact of the evolving respiratory disease landscape.
 
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