U.S. General Surgeon published a report this week called for a response from society as a whole to misinformation about health and called it a “serious threat to public health”. It required extensive knowledge of false information, ranging from masks to unproven drugs.
But the focus of surgeon-general Vivek Murthy’s remarks circled back vaccines. Daily vaccination rates have stalled at about 500,000 shots a day, and in many pockets in the country, most people do not receive vaccinations. The United States is struggling to raise those numbers.
Misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccines are spreading rapidly, as are the consequences. The rapid spread of the more contagious Delta coronavirus option makes them even easier to see. The number of cases is growing, especially across the country areas with low vaccination rates. Every person in the hospital COVID-19 has not been vaccinated in Los Angeles County. In Louisiana94% of COVID-19 cases since May were among those who were not vaccinated.
In Missouri, the Delta-led U.S. New Wave Center, health care workers are exhausted from the avoidable COVID-19 cases and deaths they see every day. They are frustrated that people in their communities are not getting vaccinated. In addition to fighting the virus health authorities are fighting theories that the vaccine causes cases of spikes, apathy in young people who think they don’t need to be vaccinated, and the misconception that the vaccine contains a microchip. With a large part of the population shots in avoidance mode the virus is inevitable.
“We’re going to see more people really get sick. We’ll see a lot of people die,” Katie Towns, director of health at the Springfield-Greene County Health Department in Missouri. said Washington Post.
Wrong information is also winning Tennessee, where the health department stopped all vaccine distribution to young people after pressure and counterattack from conservative legislators. Anti-vaxxer and other people opposed to public health action have an auditory power in the ear and it’s scary, psychologist and vaccine researcher Seth Kalichman said Limit.
Vaccines are some of our most effective public health tools. Because they are so good, and especially because COVID-19 vaccines are so good, the decrease due to drops in vaccination levels is predictable. When people are not vaccinated, people get sick and people die. It means stakes suggestions and efforts curbing false information about vaccines – fighting social media platforms, disseminating the right information, developing health literacy programs – could not be higher.
Here’s what else happened this week.
The flu jab can reduce the serious effects of Covid, suggests research
COVID-19 patients with the flu were less likely to have a stroke or had access to emergency departments than patients without had, a new study found. It is not a substitute for COVID-19. (Ian Sample /Caretaker)
Why the most unusual Covid cases are important
Unique exceptional cases can help researchers and physicians understand the disease. For example, studying people who do not respond to COVID-19 can help us understand the immune system. (Roxanne Khamsi /New York Times)
Bat researchers warn that the world will never know the origin of Covid-19
Research that tries to trace a smoking weapon is challenging and often fails. Researchers also often disagree about what different data means. (Amy Dockser Marcus /Wall Street Journal)
A quarter dose of Moderna COVID still elicits a strong immune response
A lower dose of the vaccine could still help protect people from COVID-19. It could make limited shot accessories stretch further. (Elie Dolgin /Nature)
When and how do we know if we need Covid-19 effect images?
Pfizer and BioNTech are looking to get a third shot in the COVID-19 vaccination program. U.S. federal agencies are pushing backwards, saying the data does not yet indicate a need. The effects debate also raises questions about the capital of vaccines. (Stat News)
The FDA adds a nerve warning to Johnson & Johnson COVID-19
People who have been shot by Johnson & Johnson have a slightly higher condition called Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can cause weakness and coordination problems than would be expected in the population. (Nicole Wetsman /Limit)
And I went back and forth about it for a while. It’s almost like I was paralyzed from trying to do the right thing, if it makes sense … … it was torture. But it just felt like advice on vaccinations and pregnant women, at the time it was still in the air. It was still a situation where no one told me, you know, it’s indisputable, Cheyenne, these are the facts, you should do this. So I was just trying to make the right choice, the best.
– in Player’s Tribune, Atlanta Dream star Cheyenne Parker wrote about the struggle over whether to get the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy.
More than numbers
For people who have received 3.5 billion doses of the vaccine so far – thank you.
For more than 188,726,053 people worldwide who have received a positive result, recovery can be smooth.
To the families and friends of more than 4,062,486 people who have died worldwide – 608,336 in the United States – your loved one will not be forgotten.
Stay safe, everyone.