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CDC Director Offers Covid-19 Update, Urges Citizens To Wear Their Masks

Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in America has recently delivered a Covid-19 update in which he claimed that the outbreak could be controlled across the nation within 4-6 weeks if people were more strict about wearing their masks. According to Redfield over half of the states in America are currently spiking at a faster rate than they had been in the spring. 

Johns Hopkins University has been collecting national data on Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. As of this week, they reported that the US has surpassed 3.4 million positive cases of the coronavirus with over 136,000 deaths. Globally there have been about 13.3 million cases and almost 580,000 deaths; meaning the US accounts for around 24% of all covid-related deaths. 

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Redfield consistently was emphasizing that disciplined use of facial coverings, social distancing, and hand washing can dramatically decrease the rate in which this virus spreads, however, this isn’t new information. The biggest issue now is enforcing these policies that so many Americans are actively ignoring because their state governments are telling them it’s okay to be out in public again through the reopenings. 

“If all of us would put on a face covering now for the next four weeks to six weeks, we could drive this epidemic to the ground in this country.”

Redfield went on to discuss other aspects of the pandemic as well, specifically how the Trump administration is now implementing a new directive that requires all hospitals to bypass the CDC when it comes to sending Covid-19 related data to the government. Instead, the data is to be sent directly to the Department of Health and Human Services. 

For reference, the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network has been the number one source of information in terms of all things coronavirus related. This includes data on things like hospital bed numbers, ventilator use/availability, and personal protective equipment (PPEs). Now, the administration claims the new system will streamline the collection of these important stats and the CDC will still be able to have access to the information, they just won’t get it first. 

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Finally, the CDC announced that pharmaceutical company Moderna Inc. is currently in the early stages of a trial for a Covid-19 vaccine that’s showing successful results. The vaccine has proven to trigger an immune response within the body, however, it’s still too early to tell if that immune response is strong enough to actually protect someone from contracting the Covid-19 virus. 

Moderna’s chief medical officer Dr. Tal Zaks recently spoke with the media about the vaccine that’s technical name is mRNA-1273. Zaks claims that while we don’t have all the data yet, so far all indications prove the vaccine to be safe and effective. 

“The levels of protective antibodies produced by the trial participants were similar to those found in patients who had recovered from COVID-19, suggesting that the candidate vaccine provides the same protection as an infection.”

In the meantime, it’s recommended that we all continue to listen to the CDC and all of our country’s healthcare providers when they tell us the most effective ways to curve the spread of this virus. If we want a chance at returning to a life of normalcy, it’s imperative that we wear our masks in public, continue to social distance, and wash our hands as often as possible.

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New Cases Of Coronavirus Down In 28 States, Health Officials Still Fear A Second-Wave

Johns Hopkins University has been recording data regarding all aspects of the coronavirus pandemic since cases initially started appearing in the United States. Recently, the Universities data showed that the number of new coronavirus cases in more than half of the states in the US are going down. These states are also mainly more rural areas with less densely populated metropolitans, such as Manhattan, however, this is still really positive news. 

So far 28 states in total have recorded a decline in new Covid-19 cases appearing in their hospitals. Several of these states were the ones who decided to reopen early as well, including Georgia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Colorado, however, as we know this virus  is unpredictable, so no one is in the clear yet. 

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In addition, seven states are still experiencing an increase in new cases, and the remaining 15 have reported to be holding relatively steady in the middle. So far, 1.4 million Americans have tested positive for Covid-19, and more than 85,000 have died, so while these states are experiencing a decline in new case numbers, the universal opinion has been that the US need to increase it’s quarantine and lockdown policies exponentially if we want to see a real difference. 

One of the biggest concerns that the US has been coping with since the beginning of this pandemic has been getting access to proper testing for the virus. While not every person who contracts Covid-19 needs treatment, as many are asymptomatic, it’s still crucial to get tested so that healthcare professionals can warn you to quarantine away from your loved ones for at least 14 days to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

“Every case that’s out there could be the spark that starts another outbreak in your community that gets out of control. With the right measures, countries can suppress transmission and avoid bouncing back-and-forth between lockdown and lifting restrictions,” said Dr. Richard Besser, the former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Some experts have speculated that the coronavirus could continue to spread for the next two years, or until about 70% of the world’s population has been infected. Obviously, finding a vaccine is a top priority for healthcare professionals. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has begun a new trial for those who have mild symptoms to see how effective/strong the drug treatments they’ve been experimenting with are working. 

“We will enroll 2,000 people infected with coronavirus to try the drug combination at home. Study participants must have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive short-term treatment with either hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin or matching placebos. People living with HIV and pregnant and breastfeeding women also are eligible to participate in the study,” according to the NIH. 

For now, the CDC, NIH, and any other healthcare professional worldwide would likely tell you to continue abiding by social distancing measures, and remaining indoors as much as possible. If you do need to leave the house, wear all the protective gear necessary and stay at least six feet apart from everyone.

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