Jamiesfeast – According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, six states in the US have experienced a significant surge in Covid-19 cases. Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York have all seen coronavirus cases increase at a faster rate than the national trend.
According to the data released on January 20th, five states have witnessed a 15 percent surge in infections over the last two weeks. During this time, New York saw a 15.4 percent increase in cases.
In the past two weeks, there has been a 12.5 percent increase in infections across America.
Covid-19 experts emphasize that the virus still poses a significant threat to the public, prompting many hospitals to enforce a mandatory mask policy.
According to Dr. George Monks, a former president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, individuals who are vulnerable, such as senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions, may be at risk from the emergence of a new variant of Covid-19.
Oklahoma ranks second highest in the number of Covid-related deaths, with a rate of 437.5 deaths per 100,000 people.
Doctor Monks told Oklahoma’s News 4: “It’s mostly people that are vulnerable, people that are immunosuppressed, and mostly Oklahoma seniors, and so that’s one thing that’s made it have a significant impact on Oklahoma.”
Eleven public hospitals in New York City have brought back the mask rule this month because of a rise in cases of COVID-19, the flu, and respiratory viruses. Any health centers or nursing homes that are run by NYC Health + Hospitals must also follow it.
An internal medicine doctor named Dr. Lipi Roy told ny1.com, “Masks can really stop the transmission of the virus. They can stop all three viruses: RSV, influenza, and COVID-19.”
According to the CDC, 86% of COVID-19 cases in the US are now caused by the new JN.1 variety.