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The regions that were among the first to be heavily affected by the Omicron variation are start to see their Covid-19 numbers level off or even improve. But that’s not the case for much of the country, said Dr. Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General of the United States.

“There are some parts of the country – especially New York, and other parts of the Northeast – where we’re starting to see plateaus, and in some cases, there’s a decline,” Murthy told CNN on Sunday. early decline”.

“The challenge is that the whole country is not moving at the same pace,” he said. “The Omicron wave started later in other parts of the country, so we shouldn’t expect a nationwide peak in the coming days. The next few weeks will be very difficult.”

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, an average of more than 750,000 new cases of Covid-19 were reported each day in the past week.

That means Americans at work, school and elsewhere face an unprecedentedly high risk of exposure during the pandemic.

The number of Americans dying each day from Covid-19 has increased in recent days, with 1,796 Covid-19 deaths reported on Sunday, according to JHU data.

And 156,000 people have been hospitalized with Covid-19 as of Sunday, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The crushing of Covid-19 patients means that some hospitals are running out of space to treat other patients in intensive care units.

Dr Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, told Fox News on Sunday: “I would expect these numbers to be significantly higher.

“The problem is we’re running out of healthcare workforce, we don’t have the staff. So that’s going to be a challenge for weeks to come.”

Try to keep schools open with greater safety

As the United States battles the most contagious novel coronavirus, some school districts are struggling to keep classrooms open, while others have added additional safety measures to avoid Distance learning is back.

Chicago Public Schools resumed in-person instruction last week after pledging to increase Covid-19 testing and provide higher quality KN95 masks.

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Health experts say Americans have more tools to help keep schools open than at any point during the pandemic.

One of those tools is a mask. In Virginia, at least two school districts will continue to require masks in schools even though the state’s newly elected governor signed an executive order saying parents should decide if their children should wear masks. at school or not.

State officials warn to watch out for Covid-19 testing scams

Starting Wednesday, Americans will be able to order free Covid-19 tests through a federal website – covidtests.gov.

One billion tests will be available and each household will be limited to the initial four trials.

Murthy said 50 million tests have been sent to community health centers around the country. And those with private insurance can now get up to eight checks per person per month.

However, the current lack of testing in some areas has resulted in scammers taking advantage of those in need.

Attorneys general in Oregon, New Mexico and Illinois have warned consumers about “pop-up” Covid-19 testing websites that could give false results or skim personal information.

People should “be cautious of pop-up testing sites that charge self-pay, don’t display logos, don’t disclose the lab that does the test, aren’t affiliated with a known organization, or claim sensitive information, like Social Security Numbers, that are not required for insurance,” said Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

Researcher: ‘End of isolation at day 5 should include negative rapid antigen test’

Current guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people infected with Covid-19 can end their quarantine after five days if they don’t have symptoms and they should wear a mask around them. another for at least another five days.

The best approach for people who have access to testing is to use it at the end of their five-day quarantine, CDC says, negative test results don’t necessarily end quarantine after five days.

But a new study on the infectivity of the Omicron variant shows that many people are still thought to be contagious 5 days after initial infection is detected – suggesting a renal approach may be needed. more important.

Researchers looked at 10,324 Covid-19 test results from 537 NBA players and others affiliated with the league, finding 97 confirmed and suspected cases of Omicron.

Of the 27 people who tested positive a day or less after a previous negative test, 52% were still considered contagious 5 days after the infection was discovered, the study found. .

And of the 70 people who tested positive two days or more after a previous negative test, 39% were still considered contagious five days after the infection was discovered.

One of the study’s researchers, Nathan Grubaugh of the Yale School of Public Health, said: “Enduring isolation at day 5 should include a negative rapid antigen test. “Otherwise, isolation needs to be extended.”

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