January 12, 2022 – CDC prepares to update its COVID-19 mask recommendations to emphasize the use of N95 and KN95 masks to better filter out viruses, Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said Wednesday.
“We are preparing an update on the information on our Mask website to reflect the options available to people and the different levels of protection that different masks offer, and we want to provide Americans with the best and most up-to-date information on what masks to choose. That would be right for them.” She told a White House news briefing.
While high-quality masks provide good protection, they can be uncomfortable to wear, expensive and difficult to find. That’s why Walensky added an important warning.
“Any mask is better than no mask at all, and we encourage all Americans to wear well-fitting masks to protect themselves and prevent them from spreading.” COVID-19. That recommendation is not going to change, ‘she said.
“Most importantly, the best mask you can wear is the one that you can wear all day and endure in public indoor settings.”
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization was more focused on vaccination.
WHO officials on Wednesday stressed that global vaccine distribution is the first priority to defeat the highly contagious. Omicron variant, as well as other variants may be developed.
The WHO’s technical advisory group on the COVID-19 vaccine structure – a group of experts evaluating how COVID-19 vaccines work against Omicron and other emerging variants – says there is an “urgent need” for wider access to vaccines. Updating existing vaccines as needed to ensure safety.
The WHO has also disputed the notion that Covid-19 could be made Endemic One nation is largely vaccinated, while the rest of the world is insecure.
“It’s up to us how this epidemic unfolds,” Maria Van Kerkhov, PhD, of Kovid-19, told WHO’s technical leadership at a news briefing.
The WHO has a goal Vaccination 70% of each country’s population in the middle of the year.
But now they are in 90 countries Still To reach 40% vaccination rate, and in 36 of those countries less than 10% of their population has been vaccinated, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Gebreius, Ph.D.
Not in a staggering 85% of the African population Received The first dose.
But progress is being made, Gabrias said in a briefing.
The WHO said last week more than 15 million COVID-19 cases were reported – the highest in a single week – and that this was probably a low estimate.
Returning to the White House in Washington, Walensky said this week’s U.S. daily average COVID-19 case count was 751,000, an increase of 47% over the previous week. This week the average daily hospitalization is 19,800, an increase of 33%. Mortality is up 40%, reaching 1,600 per day.
But he also reported new data supporting other research showing that Omicron could cause less serious disease. Kaiser Permanente Southern California released a study on Tuesday that compared to delta infections, Omicron had a 53% reduction in hospital admissions, a 74% reduction in intensive care unit admissions, and a 91% lower risk of death.
In the study, Omicron patients did not require mechanical ventilation. Stress is now responsible for 98% of cases nationwide.
But Walensky warned that the severity of the disease was not enough to drown out the hospital system.
“While we are seeing preliminary evidence that Omicron is less severe than Delta and infected people are less likely to be hospitalized, it is important to note that Omicron continues to be more transmissible than Delta,” she said. “The sudden increase in cases due to Omicron is the result of unprecedented daily case counts, illnesses, absences and stress in our healthcare system.”