TrialSite Staff Staff at TrialSite | Quality Journalism May. 19, 2022, 12:00 p.m.
SARS-CoV- infections are rising by the day, report various sources, including the U.S. government. With warnings issued just yesterday, about a third of all Americans residing in communities have been exposed to concerning climbs in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Public health officials are urging people to mitigate risks via using masks, social distancing when possible, and other measures such as getting a booster vaccine, accessing testing, taking Paxlovid when testing positive, and meeting label criteria. While some COVID-19 trackers have cases at 100,000 per day, others, such as Johns Hopkins University, identify the number at a far worse 200,000 cases per day as the total number of COVID-19 hospitalization cases passed 17,000 on the way toward 20,000. While deaths are still on the decline, this is typically a lagging indicator after the new case surge. The government has been actively making it easier to access Pfizer’s Paxlovid, which accounts for 20,000 prescriptions per day.
Thankfully, deaths still appear headed downward, but that could potentially change soon, given the rising numbers of cases. However, actual cases of COVID-19 may be far higher, given they are generally milder. With so much self-testing, it’s hard for the government to keep a truly accurate account of the public health situation.