A majority of Americans have had Covid-19, including about 75 percent children and about 60 percent adults, according to newly released data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Federal agency reporting, based on blood test data, notes that as of the end of February 2022, around 189 million Americans had Covid-19 after the emergence of the more contagious Omicron variant, which has sparked a new wave of coronavirus infections in recent months.
Before its occurrence, about a third of Americans were infected with Covid-19. That rate has now risen to 60 percent.
The largest increases have been among Americans with the lowest vaccination rates, with peaks among children. According to the CDC, around 58 million children have contracted Covid-19.
The newly appointed White House Covid-19 response coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha has urged the US Congress to pass legislation with expanded funding for testing and treatment, as well as for future vaccine development.
“So far, Congress has not stepped up to provide the funds needed to meet our most pressing needs,” he told reporters at the White House today.
He suggested that drug treatment and advances in vaccines later this year that would be more effective against serious diseases will not be available without this funding.
“None of us can predict with certainty where this virus is going… All we can do is prepare,” he said.
Meanwhile, US Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for Covid-19.
Officials have confirmed Ms Harris, 57, has no symptoms despite the positive test result, while US President Joe Biden, 79, is not a close contact.
Her office said Ms Harris would “isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence”.
“She has not had close contact with the President or the First Lady due to their respective travel plans.
“She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her doctors. The vice president will return to the White House if the tests come back negative.”
Ms. Harris is the country’s first female vice president and the highest-ranking female official in US history.
She was elected Vice President after a lifetime of public service, having been elected District Attorney of San Francisco, Attorney General of California, and United States Senator.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/majority-of-americans-have-now-had-covid-19-41591028.html The majority of Americans now have Covid-19