Common Viral Infection Circulating; St. Louis Mandates Masks; Latest COVID-19 Updates

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Common Viral Infection Circulating; St. Louis Mandates Masks; Latest COVID-19 Updates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the officials on Friday that common respiratory viruses are treading their way back, particularly the severe flu. Because of the preventive measures, people took in the COVID-19 virus, like wearing masks and socially distancing themselves, common respiratory viruses like influenza, rhinoviruses, and common human coronaviruses circulated quite less.  

But as nations all around the world are easing these restrictions, these common viruses are taking up pace. The CDC wrote that influenza viruses’ reduced circulation last year might affect its severity because of the prolonged absence of ongoing natural exposure to influenza viruses. It was further added that lower immunity among people and especially among children could invite potentially severe widespread effects when influenza virus transmission resumes. 

Common Viral Infection Circulating; St. Louis Mandates Masks; Latest COVID-19 Updates

Amidst the transmission of the most infectious delta variant, the US is once again concerned about the onset of the fourth wave of coronavirus pandemic. According to the CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the delta variant is the most aggressive and transmissible than any other previous strains.

The delta variant is the most contagious respiratory virus scientists know of. Walensky added that it was something she had not seen in her 20-year-career. The US has seen more than 34.3 million COVID-19 confirmed positive cases with over 610,200 deaths according to the data provided by Johns Hopkins University. 

Common Viral Infection Circulating; St. Louis Mandates Masks; Latest COVID-19 Updates

Officials in St. Louis and St. Louis County have made it mandatory that any person above the age of five years, regardless of their vaccination status will be required to mask up even in indoor public places and while on public transportation, beginning Monday. The acting director of health Dr. Fredrick Echols said that St Louis has lost more than 500 people to th COVID-19 pandemic. He added that if the region does not work in helping each other, it could once again see an uprising in cases, overwhelming hospitals and public health systems. The city and county are jointly trying to save lives by making sure that hospitals can be relied on and providing extra protection for children. 

The experts believe that the new delta variant and low efficacy of some vaccines may push people to get a booster vaccine dose. To fulfill the demands that may arise in the future for these booster doses and vaccines for children, the federal government will be buying over 200 million Pfizer vaccine doses. Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary said that the administration led by Biden wants maximum flexibility, and is going to prepare for any future needs. Experts are still unsure whether or not booster shots will be necessary for people who are fully vaccinated. 

Unless public demand re-emerges, Iowa might have to throw away tens of thousands of COVID-19 vaccines in the coming weeks. Over 38,730 coronavirus vaccines will expire by the end of the month of July, said the Iowa Department of Public Health on friday. A spokesperson of the health department, Sarah Ekstrand, said that they are trying to limit the wastage of doses. Ekstrand wrote that the local partners are ensuring that they use supply and counties are working tirelessly to distribute vaccines to meet the needs.

Kay Ivey, Alabama’s Republican Gov said on Friday that it was time people blamed the unvaccinated people for the spike in coronaviruses’ cases, in response to critics saying she has failed as a leader. She said that people are supposed to have common sense and the unvaccinated people are letting the country down. Alabama has seen over 11,000 new coronavirus cases just in the span of the last 14 days, according to the data provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health, which is about 7.6% more than before. 

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