Covid instances have been on the rise in the United States for many weeks, and specialists are warning the public to take the summer outbreak seriously.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently told that he is concerned about Americans’ reaction to growing case counts. “I am concerned that people will not heed recommendations—and we’re not talking about mandates or forcing anyone—but when the volume of cases in society reaches a reasonable level…those who are elderly and those with underlying conditions are going to be more susceptible and vulnerable, if they become infected, to severe disease leading to hospitalization,” he said.
Dr. Fauci isn’t the only one who is concerned: Dr. Deborah Birx, who worked as White House coronavirus response coordinator under then-President Donald Trump, recently told that Americans are living in a “fantasy world” by disregarding Covid.
“We’re pretending Covid doesn’t exist,” Dr Birx explained. “But I can tell you…you know two or three Covid patients.” That suggests that 5 to 10% of your pals already have Covid.”
Recent CDC Data: 8.7% Surge in COVID Hospital Admissions, 10.5% Rise in Virus-Related Deaths
According to the most current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospital admissions due to the virus increased 8.7 percent over the prior week from August 27 to September 2. Virus-related deaths increased by 10.5 percent during the same time period.
Experts are advising Americans to do everything they can to curb the spread of the virus, including remaining up to speed on immunizations, while new versions Eris (EG.5) and Pirola (BA.2.86) proliferate. The CDC said on September 12 that everyone six months and older will be eligible for the revised vaccination, which is tailored to address newer strains.
In addition to taking the injection and masking when necessary, the CDC advises the public to continue testing for Covid-19 to slow its spread, and the agency has issued specific instructions on when and how to check oneself.
If you experience symptoms, the CDC recommends that you be tested as away. If you are only going to take one test, choose a PCR test over an at-home test since they are more dependable. If you use an at-home test instead and the result is negative, you should repeat the test in 48 hours or immediately perform a PCR test to confirm the result.
If you have been exposed to Covid but have no symptoms, the CDC advises you to wait at least five days before testing yourself. If you’re just going to test once, a PCR test is preferable because it’s more trustworthy. If you use an at-home test instead and get a negative result, you should re-test yourself in 48 hours. If the second test is negative, you should wait 48 hours before testing again. According to specialists, following these steps is the greatest approach to ensure the accuracy of your testing.
If your at-home test is past its expiration date, you should not use it unless the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted it an extension. On its website, the FDA has offered a list of goods that have received this certification.
Product names, lot numbers, original expiration dates, and extended expiration dates are all included in the list.
According to the FDA, if your test is not on this list and has since expired, it may not provide an accurate result. “The FDA does not suggest utilizing COVID-19 at-home diagnostic tests after their designated expiration dates…COVID-19 tests and the components that comprise them may deteriorate or break down over time,” the FDA stated in a statement.
Experts warn that continuing to test will be critical in keeping vulnerable people safe over the cold and flu season. “We have more tools than ever to prevent the worst outcomes from COVID-19,” stated CDC Director Dr. Mandy Cohen in a statement issued on September 12.
Many people believe the government should continue to give free Covid tests and treatment to Americans. An NIH-funded organization recently ran out of tests after advertising that patients without health insurance could get six for free. “Hopefully they will resume soon, but this demonstrates the continued demand for access to COVID resources,” Dr Lucky Tran, head of science communications and media relations at Columbia University, said on X, formerly known as Twitter. “The government needs to do more to provide for them.”