WASHINGTON: US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy on Sunday expressed concern over the “significant increase” in COVID-19 cases in the United States, especially among the unvaccinated population, urging people to do so. vaccinate and assuring them that the current set of vaccines is highly effective against the coronavirus.
The Indian-American doctor said those vaccinated are “highly protected” and that 99.5% of recorded deaths from COVID-19 infection are among those who are not vaccinated. That’s a concern, especially given the Delta variant, Murthy told CNN in an interview.
“What we are seeing in LA County is concerning, this increase in the number of cases. Unfortunately, we are currently seeing an increase among the unvaccinated in many parts of the country and especially given the Delta variant,” he said. -he declares.
âWhat the CDC did in its guidelines – almost two months ago now, is based on the science that your risk of getting sick or transmitting the virus was low if you were fully immunized. They gave to communities. and individuals the flexibility to make decisions about what to do with the masks, âhe said.
“I am concerned about what we are seeing in the country right now. We are seeing an increase in cases, especially in parts of the country where vaccination rates are low,” he said. However, Murthy said the good news is that among those who are fully vaccinated, there is still a high degree of protection, especially against hospitalizations and death.
âIn fact, 99.5% of the deaths we are currently seeing from COVID-19 are among those who are not vaccinated. So fear that we are, in fact, seeing significant increases among the unvaccinated. But the good news is the vaccinated are still highly protected, âMurthy told Fox News in another interview.
In areas where the number of people vaccinated is low or cases are increasing, it is very reasonable for counties to take more mitigation measures, like the mask rules you see coming out in Los Angeles. he told CNN in response to a question. “And I expect that will happen in other parts of the country as well,” he said.
“Should also say that for individuals as well, depending on their situation, some people may choose to continue wearing masks such as those who may be immunocompromised or people who have family members at home who are not So people can make them Counties certainly have the right to reinstate mitigation measures, and that’s not at odds with CDC guidelines, âsaid the Indo-American surgeon general.
Murthy said the current set of vaccines are very effective against COVID-19. In the case of mRNA vaccines, they are over 90% effective in preventing symptomatic infections, but they are not 100% perfect, he said.
“No vaccine is. That means you will see a number of people who have breakthrough cases. But there are two things to know about this. One is that these numbers will be low,” he said. -he declares.
So far, more than 160 million people in the United States have been fully immunized. âSo you will see numbers, a minority, a small minority of people who have breakthrough infections. But here’s the other thing to know is that when you are fully vaccinated, even if you have a breakthrough infection. infection is much more likely to be asymptomatic or mild. And this is great news that continues to tell us that these vaccines are very effective, and this is one of the reasons we recommend them. for people across the country, âhe said.