The new peak, according to Johns Hopkins University data, comes amid a rapid acceleration of infections in the United States – and around the world – since last month.
“January is going to be a very difficult month and for a month people will have to control themselves and a lot of people there will be affected,” said Dr Ashish Jah, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.
And the United States can “see half a million cases a day – easy – up to 10 days next week,” said CNN medical researcher Dr. Jonathan Rainer said Sunday.
Most people who are vaccinated and encouraged will not get serious illness, but this will not be true for those who are not vaccinated, Ja said.
“A lot of people who don’t get the vaccine get very sick, and it can be very debilitating,” Ja said. “My hope is that by the time we get to February, of course by March, the number of infections will have dropped and it will start coming (in the spring) and the weather will improve. That will help too.”
Despite expert calls for Americans to get their vaccines and boosters, the rate of booster doses has dropped in recent weeks – only 32.7% of the nation’s total vaccinated population has been raised.
Ja said people can protect themselves by taking precautionary measures in public places, in addition to vaccinations and incentives.
“I urge people to wear high quality masks where there are more people at any time, and they will stay indoors for a long time,” Ja said.
In anticipation of New Year’s Eve on Friday, small gatherings of fully vaccinated people will be safe, Dr. Anthony Fauci said. But people should avoid big parties where the vaccine status of all guests is unknown, he said.
“When you talk about the New Year’s celebration of 30, 40, 50 people, you do not know the status of the vaccine, I strongly recommend: stay away from it this year,” said director Fauzi. National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“There will be other years to do that. But not this year.”
The number of people admitted to the pediatric hospital is approaching the previous record
Holidays that are full of complexity are neither fun nor comfortable for many health workers, especially those who are too young to be vaccinated.
Dr. Claudia Hoen, Director of Pediatric Infection Control at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Ohio, said, “We all had these kids together during Christmas.
“We still have a holiday to celebrate the New Year, and then we’ll send everyone to school. Everyone’s waiting on the edge, wondering what we’ll see.”
Nationwide, the number of children admitted to Govt-19 Hospital is approaching a record high in September.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an average of 305 children were hospitalized with Covit-19 in the week ended Dec. 26.
This is 48% higher than the previous week’s average and 10.7% lower than the peak average of 342 children admitted to hospitals with the virus registered in late August and early September.
In New York City, the average percentage positive rate continues to rise as cases increase, with pediatric hospital admissions increasing five-fold over a three-week period.
In Chicago, the number of people admitted to pediatric hospitals has quadrupled. At the National Hospital for Children in Washington, more than half of the Govt-19 tests are coming back positive.
At the Texas Children’s Pediatrics & Emergency Department in Houston, the chief medical officer said he was concerned about the current upsurge.
“What’s on the (children) side ‘is that, unlike adults – a relatively small number of adults are admitted to the hospital with the number of victims they have – we think the number we are actually seeing is increasing. The number of children admitted to the hospital,” said Dr. Stanley Spinner.
Dr. Juan Salazar, chief physician at the Connecticut Pediatric Medical Center in Hartford, says children are an easy target for the virus.
“It affects large communities and it definitely affects children in a way we have never seen before,” he said. “This is new compared to last year.”
Updates CDC Isolation Guidelines
The new recommendations will allow asymptomatic individuals to “return to work early, safely and with minimal risk,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Vanderbilt Medical Center.
“It will help bring our gears back into operation and perform better in the New Year.”
The CDC has also updated the recommended isolation period for those affected by Govt-19.
For those who have not been vaccinated, those who have not taken a second MRNA dose for more than six months, or those who have not taken a booster shot, the CDC recommends applying the mask for an additional five days following isolation for five days.
Recipients of booster shots do not need to be isolated if exposed to Covit-19, but are required to wear a mask for 10 days after exposure, the CDC said.
Fossie told CNN on Tuesday that short-term isolation and isolated guidelines are emerging from “unusual, unprecedented epidemics” the United States sees, and are likely to continue in the coming weeks.
“There is a risk that many asymptomatic people will be isolated for the entire 10 days which can have a huge negative impact on our ability to keep the community running,” he said.
CNN’s Maggie Fox, Virginia Langmaid, Jen Christensen, Chris Liakos, Sonnet Swire, Kevin Liptak and Jennifer Corn contributed to the report.