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COVID cases rise nationwide as doctors fear a fourth wave

Doctors are warning the subsequent COVID-19 surge is just not on the horizon, however already right here. Cases are rising in 27 states, together with New York, Connecticut and Louisiana.

Nationwide, infections are up by double digits within the final week in comparison with the week earlier than.

The rise in pediatric cases is particularly troubling. In Michigan, per capita COVID cases amongst these aged 10 to 19 are rising sooner than some other age group, greater than doubling within the final month.

“We’re seeing the increase in transmission in young kids, primarily in the upper Midwest, in the Northeast right now. But that’s just a matter of time before we see it go throughout the entire United States,” mentioned Dr. Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. “Unfortunately, we are going to see a rise in pediatric hospitalizations and serious illness.”

Doctors say the surge will be slowed if Americans do not let their guard down and get vaccinated.

“We are almost at the finish line, but we’re not there,” Osterholm mentioned.

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spoke with the nation’s governors on Tuesday, asking them to implement masks mandates of their states.

“I encouraged all governors to include a mask mandate in their states. And to the extent that states were not having a mask mandate … I would ask citizens to mask, regardless of the mandate,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky mentioned.

Arkansas is the most recent state to carry its masks order.

Meanwhile, the U.S. and 13 different international locations issued a joint assertion criticizing the World Health Organization’s investigation in China in regards to the origins of the coronavirus outbreak, saying the research “was significantly delayed and lacked access to complete, original data and samples.”

As the U.S. continues the race to vaccinate, a variety of short-term Federal Emergency Management Agency websites are set to shut subsequent month as the Biden administration works to make retail pharmacies the principle distribution level. The FEMA website in Los Angeles County has administered greater than 269,000 doses in a month and a half.