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For many Americans, the fourth July weekend is a low-risk day, Gottlieb said

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb told Acesparks on Friday that most Americans should enjoy a safe reunion over Independence Day because of the high levels of the Covid vaccine and the low rate of virus infection in many parts of the country.

However, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration said there are some areas where people need to be more careful.

“The prevalence across the country is very low. You have to judge based on where you are,” Gottlieb said, noting that daily new cases are small at Squash Box and his home in Connecticut, “so it’s a very safe environment. Now for a meeting.” . “

“The spread is growing in some parts of the country – Missouri, Nevada, Arkansas, Oklahoma – I think people need to be more careful,” added Gottlieb, who serves on the board of Pfizer, a manufacturer of Covid vaccine.

In Gottlieb’s comments ahead of the fourth July weekend, U.S. health officials are closely monitoring the Covid delta variant, which could be transmitted much faster than dominant strains in the early stages of the pandemic.

The number of coronavirus cases in the country is much lower than the highest in January More than 300,000 new infections Johns Hopkins University data is up one day, according to a Acesparks analysis, but they have been on an upward trend in recent days.

In the past week, the U.S. has diagnosed an average of 12,700 new Covid cases per day. That’s 9 percent more than a week ago.

“We don’t want to worry people, but we’re really watching these numbers very carefully,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky. said NBC News after a White House briefing on Thursday.

Mortality is declining. According to a Acesparks analysis, the seven-day average of Coivd’s new death was 249, down 19% from the previous week.

“There are a variety of isolated areas in the country where the rate of infection is increasing. The rest of the country looks very good,” Gottlieb said. “I think it’s a distinction between areas where your vaccination rate is high and areas where the vaccination rate is low. You can, frankly, see the cases caused by this virus and the extreme deaths and illnesses.” you see the separation between. “

In countries with high levels of vaccination, as well as the delta option, such as the UK and Israel, hospitalizations and deaths are not as high as in the previous global health crisis, “hospitalizations and deaths are not increasing. “.

“For a while, we won’t see hospitalization for three to four weeks, you’ll see it rise in the same way as death,” Gottlieb said during the Trump administration, which ran the FDA from 2017 to 2019.

“But at this point, we have a tendency to assume that you don’t want to see segregation right now, and that you don’t want to see very high outcomes of the virus in places where vaccination rates are high around the world,” and that includes the United States. takes. “

That’s why Gottlieb said it’s important to provide more Americans with a coronavirus vaccine, which will also reduce the spread of the virus, as well as reduce the risk of becoming seriously ill or dying from the disease.

According to the CDC, nearly 156 million Americans are fully vaccinated. More than 181 million people received at least one dose; The Pfizer and Modern vaccines require two shots, while Johnson and Johnson receive a single dose.

However, there are geographical gaps in vaccine coverage. CDC spokesman Valensky said Thursday that less than 30 percent of the population has been vaccinated in about 1,000 U.S. districts, most of them in the Southeast and Midwest.

Overall, 47% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated.

“According to preliminary data from the last six months, 99.5 percent of deaths from Covid-19 in the states occurred in unvaccinated people … the suffering and loss we see is almost preventable.” , – says Valensky.

Gottlieb said that even though he was fully vaccinated, he was still “looking for opportunities to use caution” because the pandemic was not behind the country.

“If I go to a restaurant right now and have the opportunity to sit outside, I’ll eat outside. I think you can be a nervous Bayesian and reduce the statistical probability of contact with the virus, why?” Gottlieb said. “But I wouldn’t stop meeting with my friends and family this holiday because the virus is spreading … in very small numbers in some parts of the country.”

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