What is causing these trends? We spoke with CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen Wen is an emergency physician and professor of health policy and management at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is also the author of the next book, “Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health.”
CNN: Help us understand these numbers. Is there a new stress that affects more young people? Or is it just that more young people go out than before?
Dr. Lee Na Wen:
The disproportionate increase in the case of young adults can be due to a combination of factors. The first is the fact that more older adults are vaccinated, so they are well protected against Covid-1
9.About 80% of all deaths come from more than half of those 65 in this age group. One is fully vaccinated and approximately 75% have received at least one vaccination. The proportion of hospitalized people is expected to shift toward more young people and, in fact, show that vaccination works.
Another possible reason why more young people are infected is the B.1.1.7 variant.This was the first variant that originated in the UK and quickly became prominent in the United States. Studies have shown the strain is more contagious, meaning there is now a higher risk of contracting corona through activities previously thought to be safe. In addition to causing more patients, B.1.1.7 has also been shown to be more serious, meaning it will lead to more severe disease and therefore more likely to result in hospitalization. Nurse and died
This is combined with the fact that younger people are more active in movement and involved in activities, and that may be proportionate and the number of cases increases in the younger age group.
CNN: How does this affect schools? Does this mean that the school has to close?
Wen: Not necessarily. Numerous studies have shown that schools may be the safest place for children if mitigation measures are taken, especially forcing masks. But also things like keeping the child in a “pod” or cohort, improved ventilation, and some. Physical distance Getting the teachers vaccinated also protects them and reduces the chances of being carriers of the coronavirus. Additional measures such as regular testing will also help.
That said, schools must take into account that there are more transmissible variables, so more mitigation measures must be taken. Schools in the UK and Europe have to shut down to compete with B.1.1.7. Schools are required to be extra vigilant for extracurricular activities, such as in some after-school sports that have been shown to spread the coronavirus. Good contact tracking is very important to track down the source of the virus and target the intervention appropriately.
CNN: If it’s a young age group who are currently infected, should we prioritize vaccination?
Wen: Initially, vaccination priorities should be prioritized for older and chronically ill people, the cohorts most likely to be seriously ill. Prioritization helps save lives and avoids our hospital overwhelming. Vaccinations are underway and President Biden is expected to announce shortly that the state should. Open for privilege by April 19 To qualify everyone over the age of 16 to receive the vaccine. It is therefore only a few weeks before anyone who needs the vaccine can register for it.
All of the above, I agree to increase access, especially for people who are prone to coronavirus and spread it too. Vaccination efforts should be aimed at making vaccination a simple and easy option. For example, vaccination on college campuses brings the vaccine directly to people. Likewise, the vaccine can be delivered at the workplace using a walk-in method. These efforts to increase accessibility and convenience will be very important, especially for the younger, other important people.
CNN: What should people do now to protect themselves if they have more diverse contact styles?
Wen: The same precautions we have always recommended continue to apply. Variable B.1.1.7 spreads through the respiratory tract as well as wild or common species, so be sure to wear a mask, keep your distance and avoid. Indoor socializing with people who are not in your home. Try to refrain from gathering with other households until you are vaccinated. Once you’ve got your vaccinations, you’ll see other people who have been fully vaccinated in the home. But in the meantime, please look at the distant people who are outside the home.
And please get vaccinated as soon as possible. All licensed vaccines appear to be very effective compared to the B.1.1.7 variant. Getting the vaccine will prevent you from getting sick from the coronavirus and also reduce your chances of spreading it to others.
CNN: Are there any special precautions for children to take, as children under 16 are not yet immunized?
Wen: I will make sure children returning to school follow specific precautions such as wearing masks and adhere to cohort. Be cautious in social and informal, as in a formal school. The weather is improving, so try to have a whole day of outdoor play with the kids wearing masks instead of being indoors.
Know that children are much less likely to get sick than adults. But some of the children were seriously ill and tragic, and some died from COVID-19.
Children under 16 years of age cannot be vaccinated, but [for] Parents and those around the child, getting vaccinated will help protect them. The end is not far off, and the summer is hopefully much better in terms of infection levels. Therefore, please take constant precautions to protect your child and your family.