COVID-19: Delay in Returning to Normalcy

Day 436: Stay Safe Minnesota

While the US sees Covid-19 vaccination rates growing among some populations, experts warn that lags among other groups — including adolescents — could hurt a further return to normalcy.

In the CNN Health, healthy reporter Hollie Siverman writes that though coronavirus cases in the country are slowing down and vaccination rates are lagging in some groups including adolescents which could further delay in returning to normalcy.

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, an epidemiologist told in a CNN interview “As we’ve gotten more and more of our seniors vaccinated, more and more people with pre-existing conditions, more and more people who may be healthy and younger, the question becomes how do we protect our children?”

According to health experts, because some states are behind the national average vaccination rate, it may well spread to the younger adults who yet to be vaccinated.

Every single one of those hospitalizations, every single one of those kids in the ICU, can now be prevented, now that vaccinations are available to those 12 to 17. What we also see is that the same places where adults are lagging, teens are lagging.

Dr. Anand Swaminathan, an emergency physician (source: CNN Health)

Around 13 US states have reached 70% goal of vaccinating their population, some Northwest and Southeast states– may be vulnerable to another outbreak, experts warn. CNN medical analyst Leana Wen told last week “You have parts of the country with very low vaccination rates. I really worry about the unvaccinated people in those areas spreading coronavirus to one another.”

Though adults are vaccinated, younger adults are not vaccinated yet in most families. According to Dr. Richina Bicette, associate medical director at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, about 25% of covid cases in US account to children.

As adults get vaccinated and become more protected and immune to this virus, the virus is still in the community looking for a vulnerable host — and pediatric patients fit that description.

Dr. Richina Bicette, associate medical director at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (source: CNN Health)

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, as of last week only 41.9% of Americans had been fully vaccinated and about 63.5% have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Quoting a recent Gallup survey, CNN Health writes that about 66% of adults reported their lives are at least somewhat back to normal.

Almost all demographic subgroups of the population show large shifts since last fall in reports that their lives are back to normal.

A Recent Gallup Survey (source: CNN Health)

Some states (e.g. Massachusettsas, Minnesota, Ohio, and others) as well as some Businesses (e.g. Anheuser-Busch, Royal Caribbean International, and others) are offering vaccination incentives like lottery, free beer, sport tickets etc to encourage people to get vaccinated.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of June 7, 9 a.m.) 371,520,735 doses have been distributed and 302,851,917 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of June 5) a total of 5,398,438 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of June 7) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 602,880 (out of 10,048,275 tested) with 7,467 deaths.