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Amid Covid surge, US surgeon-general warns of more local mask mandates

US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy on Sunday expressed concern over the “significant increase” in COVID-19 cases in the US, especially among the illiterate population, urging people to get vaccinated and reassuring them that the current set of vaccines Highly effective against coronavirus. .

The Indian-American doctor said vaccinated people are “highly protected” and that 99.5 per cent of the recorded deaths from COVID-19 infection are among those who have not been vaccinated.

This is particularly a concern given the Delta version, Murthy told CNN in an interview.

“What we are seeing in LA County is concerning, this increase in cases. Unfortunately, we are now seeing an increase in non-vaccinated people in many parts of the country and especially looking at the delta variant , They said.

“What the CDC did in their guidance — about two months ago, is based on science that if you were fully vaccinated you had a lower risk of getting sick or transmitting the virus. They gave resilience to communities and individuals,” he said. That decision about what to do with the mask.

“I am concerned about what we are seeing in the country right now. We are seeing an increase in cases, especially in those parts of the country where vaccination rates are low,” he said.

However, Murthy said the good news is that people who have been fully vaccinated still have high levels of protection, especially from hospitalizations and deaths.

“In fact, 99.5 percent of the deaths we’re seeing from COVID-19 right now are among people who haven’t been vaccinated, Murthy told Fox News in another interview.

So the concern that we’re seeing is, in fact, a significant increase among the non-vaccinated. But the good news is that vaccination is still highly protected, he said.

In areas where the number of people getting vaccinated is low or where cases are rising, it’s very reasonable for counties to take more mitigation measures, like the mask rules you see coming out in Los Angeles, he told CNN in a question. Said in response.

“And I hope that will happen in other parts of the country as well,” he said.

“It should also be noted that for individuals, as well, depending on their circumstances, some may choose to continue wearing masks such as those who may be immunocompromised or those who have family members at home, who have not been vaccinated.

“So people can make these decisions. Counties certainly have a right to roll back mitigation measures, and it doesn’t contradict guidance issued by the CDC, the Indian-American surgeon general said.”

Murthy said that the current set of vaccines was highly effective against COVID-19.

In the case of mRNA vaccines, they are more than 90 per cent effective in preventing symptomatic infections, but they are not 100 per cent accurate, he said.

There is no vaccine. This means that you will see some people who have success cases. But there are two things to know about it. One is that these numbers will be low, he said.

To date, more than 160 million people in the US have been fully vaccinated.

So, you’ll see the numbers, a minority, a small minority of people who have success transitions. But the other thing to know here is that when you are fully vaccinated, even if you have a successful infection, it is highly likely that the infection will be either asymptomatic or mild.

“And that’s really good news that keeps telling us that these vaccines are highly effective, and that’s one of the reasons we’re recommending them to people across the country,” he said.

(Only the title and image in this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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