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'We've got to push further downward'

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States are reducing social distancing guidelines however it’s “too soon” to roll back Covid constraints, Dr. Atul Gawande cautioned on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith.”

“We are currently at levels of cases that are still above the highest level of our last surge, so we haven’t even come down below the surge last summer,” stated the cosmetic surgeon and teacher at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We continue to have 2,000 deaths a day, so this is not the level that we’re in a good shape to just plateau at, we’ve got to push further downward.”

The U.S. is presently seeing a 7-day average of 67,365 daily brand-new U.S. cases, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins information, down 73% from a peak average of about 249,000 in mid-January.

Gawande echoed the issues for resuming shared by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, who stated she is still “deeply concerned” about the infection. 

“Our recent declines appear to be stalling — stalling at over 70,000 cases a day,” Walensky stated throughout a Monday White House press rundown. “With these new statistics, I am really worried about reports that more states are rolling back the exact public health measures we have recommended to protect people from Covid-19.”

Gawande argued that the brand-new Covid variations distributing within the U.S., consisting of the most recent alternative distributing in New York, B.1.526, need to be a more factor for Americans to stay alert when it pertains to coronavirus.

The CDC reports that almost 25.5 million Americans are totally immunized, about 8% of the nation’s population, and with producing lagging, need for shots is at a premium.

“I think the evidence is pretty solid that giving just a single shot to people who’ve reported that they’ve been infected before would be a smart thing to do and enable more vaccination to go to others as well,” Gawande stated of a short-lived method to make the present supply stretch even more.

Two brand-new research studies out of Great Britain reveal that a person shot of vaccine can use “robust” defense for Covid survivors. The CDC, nevertheless, is presently disputing the subject. Gawande informed host Shepard Smith that he wish to see the CDC get their examination out as quickly as possible. 

The U.S. vaccination effort is now equipped with the Johnson & Johnson shot, the 3rd authorized vaccine in its toolbox to combat Covid. The White House stated Americans might begin getting the single-shot vaccine as quickly as Tuesday. 

“As to the expected supply of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, this week we’ll distribute 3.9 million doses,”  stated Jeffrey Zients, the White House’s coronavirus reaction organizer. “That is the entirety of Johnson & Johnson’s current inventory. We’re getting these doses out the door right away to ensure vaccines get into arms as quickly as possible.”

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