The country is hopeful at present after the COVID 19 pandemic. Normalcy is not that distant. Experts, however, are striving to ensure that every single American is vaccinated. The effort comes in the light of studies detailing the long-term effects of a coronavirus infection.
Everyone Should Get Vaccinated, Study Shows
A recent study the Washington University conducted reveals that COVID 19 patients need medical intervention even after six months of the infection. They are also at higher risk of death due to its complications. This remains the situation even with a mild infection. Health officials are now exhorting the country to prepare for the health crisis waiting for it in the years ahead.
The United States of America is far ahead of other countries in vaccinating its population. But what worries experts is the reluctance of tens of thousands to join the bandwagon. Some of them have not even started taking the jab. They feel that the country needs a higher level of vaccination rate to curb the pandemic.
Statistics shows that younger Americans are reluctant to get vaccinated than their older counterparts. But recent studies confirm what experts have been saying for long: no one wants this infection. During the time period of 1-6 months of getting the infection, the patient’s risk of death rises to 60% when compared to those who don’t have it.
Their risk of requiring medical intervention too is higher, 20%.
The concerning thing here is that options for treatment for long-haul COVID 19 symptoms are quite limited. Health professionals also have good news. Getting vaccinated will protect you from such a situation. It will also give relief from long-haul symptoms of the disease. Scientists are still learning as they go along with the pandemic.
As per research, vaccines are effective even against emerging variants of the virus. The perceived threat during this pandemic is the emergence of new and more dangerous viruses. But vaccines are capable of controlling almost all of them, research reveal. For instance, two of the variants of the coronavirus found in California appear to replicate faster in noses. This may explain why they spread faster. But the blood samples of people who have received either of the two popular vaccines show that they protect them from them. The extent of protection may vary based on numerous factors. Still, they work against them to a great extent.
A test of nose swabs from people show that there are more viruses in those infected with the newer versions than those infected with their older variants. This too explains why these are more transmissible. They, however, are not as contagious or dangerous as the one found in UK, B.1.1.7. This is the most common virus found in the US at present.
Scientists are yet to understand the mechanism of these new variants. Blood samples show that the variants like B.1.427 and B.1.429 may evade the immune system.
Scientists also warn that pregnant women are at higher risk of death due to coronavirus infection. A study done in the field suggests that they are 60% prone to death than those who don’t have the same. This, according to health officials, should warn pregnant women on the dangers of ignoring COVID 19 protocols.
Research reveals that the likelihood of pregnant women dying or suffering from other complications is quite high. They also observed that more deaths happen in less developed healthcare facilities. This implies that in the absence of proper ICU, pregnancy and COVID 19 may prove deadly.
Vaccination eliminates all these possibilities by protecting you from the virus. In such an instance, experts are not concerned if authorities restart administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
If people are still hesitant to get vaccinated, they should observe the country’s healthcare mechanism. It recommended a pause for something that happened once or twice in a million like those rare blood clots.