As Covid surges, US surgeons warn of more local mask requirements
The American surgeon warned that as the Biden administration becomes more vigilant about the spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant, more U.S. cities may re-implement mask regulations in the coming months.
Dr. Vivek Murthy said on Sunday that other parts of the United States may have to follow Los Angeles. order This weekend, people wear masks in indoor public places, regardless of their vaccination status.
The warning reflects U.S. health officials’ concerns about the Delta variant, which continues Torn the UK, Despite the high level of vaccination in the UK. Since January, the Covid-19 infection rate in every state in the United States has risen for the first time.
Murthy told ABC News on Sunday: “In areas where the number of vaccinations is small or the number of cases is increasing, it is very reasonable for counties to take more mitigation measures, such as the mask regulations you saw in Los Angeles. I expect it will happen in other parts of the country. .”
He added: “I am concerned that we are starting to see more and more unvaccinated population surges in Arkansas, Missouri and Nevada, and my hometowns of Florida and Louisiana, unless we get more people vaccinated. To control this epidemic.”
Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that since last week, the 7-day average of new cases has risen by 59%, while the number of deaths has risen by 48%.
At the same time, the vaccination rate has dropped sharply from its peak in April. The United States used to vaccinate 3.4 million people every day on average, but now this number has dropped to just over 500,000.
Vaccination rates in the southeastern states are particularly low.
Georgia, E.g, And now only 44% of its population has been administered at least one dose, compared with the national average of 56%. The case rate there has more than doubled in the past two weeks.
Tennessee stopped its health department last week Send any vaccine information to children, Has given at least one injection to 43% of its residents. The number of new cases there has increased by nearly 30% from two weeks ago.
The declining demand for the Covid-19 vaccine shocked US President Joe Biden, who on Friday Blame Facebook “Kill people” by not taking more measures to resolve vaccine misinformation on its platform.
Morty said on Sunday that the White House can ask social media companies to change their algorithms to stop the spread of anti-vaccine materials.He said: “The algorithms on these sites – providing people with information time and time again [so] Sometimes it reinforces misinformation-this is where we can ask these companies to make changes. “
The Democratic Chairman of the Senate’s Antitrust Subcommittee, Amy Klobuchar, said that the spread of misinformation further supports those who want Break up large technology companies.
She told CNN on Sunday: “They have annexed so many companies, you don’t even have a chance to let other social media companies [provide accurate information]. “
Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.
As individual counties consider tightening Covid-related restrictions, the CDC decided two months ago to abandon the recommendation that even vaccinated people should wear masks indoors, and was criticized.
Jerome Adams as a surgeon at the beginning of the pandemic Tweet on Saturday: “The CDC is well-intentioned, but the information is misunderstood, immature, and wrong. Let’s fix it.”
Murthy defended these guidelines, saying that individual states and counties still have the right to impose their own restrictions.