CDC concerned virus variant may dominate in US

19 Janvier, 2021, 23:51 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • National Guard members assist with processing COVID-19 deaths and placing them into temporary storage at LA County Medical Examiner Coroner Office in Los Angeles on Jan. 12 2021

"By the middle of February, we expect half a million deaths in this country".

The U.S. has "dark weeks ahead" with the COVID-19 pandemic, that's the prediction from Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC's incoming director.

In an interview with CBS News' Face the Nation on Sunday, Walensky, who was picked by President-elect Joe Biden to head the CDC in December, said that the health agency "expects half a million deaths" in the United States by the middle of February.

"That doesn't speak to the tens of thousands of people who are living with a yet uncharacterised syndrome after they've recovered".

On CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Walensky, chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, said that despite almost 4,000 deaths a day, the country still isn't seeing the true ramifications of holiday travel and gatherings.

Air passengers are required to get a viral test within the three days before their flight to the U.S., and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from Covid-19.

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"We've known for a long time that viruses mutate - not just the coronavirus but any virus".

Walensky said that the Biden administration will "address all of the bottlenecks" in vaccine production.

According to the CDC, at least 122 cases of the more contagious strain of the virus were confirmed in 20 states, including in NY. How much is being rolled out to each state, whether those states have adequate personnel, whether those states are getting vaccine to pharmacies.

Health officials say by March, a new and more infectious strain of coronavirus - first found in the United Kingdom - will likely become the dominant strain in the United States. "These measures will be more effective if they are instituted sooner rather than later to slow the initial spread of the B117 variant".

COVID-19 has sickened more than 23.5 million people and claimed the lives of more than 393,000 in the U.S.as of Saturday, according to a Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker.

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