The White House Coronavirus Task Force said in its latest report to countries this week that the United States may have its own version of the more transmissible coronavirus that could help fuel the already aggressive spread of the virus.
Reports sent to countries by the task force on January 3 warned of a possible “American alternative” to Covid-19.
“That rise in the fall and winter seasons was nearly twice the rate of increase in cases with the outbreak of spring and summer. This acceleration indicates that there may be an American variant evolving here, in addition to the UK variable that is already spreading in our communities and may be 50% more transmissible.” According to reports obtained by CNN.
The task force called for “severe mitigation … to match a more aggressive virus.”
The task force said this mitigation should include the use of face masks, and the immediate vaccination of as many people as possible.
Without the standardized implementation of effective face masking (two or three layers and a perfect fit) and strict social distancing, epidemics can rapidly worsen as these variants spread and become prevalent.
The US has been tracking cases of a variable that was first identified in the UK and appears to be more easily portable.
The pandemic continues to spread as the nation has turned its attention to the insurgency at the US Capitol building and endorsing President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, and the task force has continued to warn states against a “spread of aggressive society” after the holiday season.
The United States remains at a high level of 140-150,000 confirmed and suspected COVID cases per week and 120-125,000 inpatients. Task Force reports said the significant continuing decline, from California across the Sun Belt to the southeast, central Atlantic and northeast, despite low testing rates during the holidays, indicated the spread of an aggressive community.
The task force reports also called for the establishment of injection sites for outpatient monoclonal antibody therapy “immediately available to save lives”.
As the nation struggles to quickly vaccinate Americans, reports say vaccines must be “put in place now”.
“Do not delay the rapid immunization of those over the age of 65 who are at risk of serious illness; recommend the establishment of high-throughput vaccination sites using EMT personnel to monitor potential anaphylaxis and fully benefit from nursing students. No vaccines should be placed in freezers, but instead should be placed in Arms now; reports said that active and violent fortification in the face of this increase would save lives.
This week, California is the state with the most new cases per 100,000 residents, followed by Arizona, Kansas, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Utah, Arkansas, West Virginia, Georgia and Massachusetts in the top ten.
Test positive, an indication of a rise in cases coming, is highest in Oklahoma, followed by Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.
Arkansas has the highest number of hospital admissions per 100 inpatient beds, followed by Arizona, Maryland, Oklahoma, Georgia, Kentucky, California, the District of Columbia, South Carolina and New Mexico.
Kansas has the largest number of new deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Wyoming, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, Arizona, Tennessee and Rhode Island.