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with vaccines and masks it has gone from the boom of infections to a virtuous example

with vaccines and masks it has gone from the boom of infections to a virtuous example
with vaccines and masks it has gone from the boom of infections to a virtuous example

From the epicenter of the Covid, a virtuous state in the containment of the pandemic. With the lowest coronavirus infection rate of any state, thanks to an aggressive vaccination campaign and mandatory masks the California has managed to reverse the epidemic scenario on its territory.


“It is the result of a forward-looking policy in terms of vaccination policies,” said epidemiologist John Brownstein, head of innovation at Boston Children’s Hospital and a contributor to ABC News. As soon as the health authorities have given the final green light for all ages, California will impose the obligation to vaccine for all students, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a few weeks ago. For now, the Covid vaccine has been approved from the age of 16 onwards, while only emergency authorization has been granted for those aged 12 to 15. Once the federal authorities have granted the final go-ahead even to 12-15 years, the state will require the vaccine requirement in both public and private schools. The same goes for elementary schools.


Meanwhile, in the last week, the state recorded an infection rate of 61.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is the only one to be classified with a ‘moderate’ transmission rate of 10 to 49 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. The upper level, from 50 to 99 cases per 100,000 population, was recorded in Hawaii, Florida, Louisiana, Connecticut, New Jersey, Mississippi, Maryland, Georgia and Washington Dc. A rate of at least 100 cases per 100,000, labeled “high,” in the past week has been in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Alaska, which have had more than 450 cases per 100,000 people since Friday. The US average over the same period was 150.9.

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Experts analyzed the California phenomenon, concluding that the positive result is the effect of a combination of factors. “The sum of interventions like vaccines and wearing masks can play a really strong role in containing transmission,” Brownstein told ABC News. Here more than 70% of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the CCD, and the state is also the leader in total vaccinations administered, about 53 million doses. On Friday, the national average rate of prophylaxis was 66.2%. As the first state to announce the requirement of the Covid vaccine for schools, California has implemented one of the most stringent policies in the United States in the fight against the pandemic: serum is mandatory for government employees, health workers, teachers and in large gatherings at the Closed. “The more aggressive the vaccination campaign, the better,” Todd Ellerin, director of infectious diseases at South Shore Health, told ABC News. Given that vaccines are the most powerful tool we have to curb the spread of Covid, experts agree that California’s persistent action on this front has led to concrete results. “The data clearly shows that vaccines offer protection for people without immunity, with important implications for eradicating this pandemic,” wrote Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, in a post reported by ABC News.

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The three Covid vaccines available in the United States have resulted in California having the lowest death rate in the country, with 0.3 deaths per 100,000 population compared to a national average of 2.7 deaths per 100,000 population. Furthermore, according to the experts interviewed by Abc New, citizens after facing the cruel waves of infection last winter followed by the Delta in July may have acquired antibodies and more than a natural immunity to Covid. This, in concert with vaccines, would lead to a reduction in cases. In addition to strict vaccine impositions, California has also been adamant on the use of personal protective equipment, control testing and social distancing. All citizens, regardless of prophylaxis, are required to wear a mask on public transport, in hospitals and schools. Masks are mandatory for all unvaccinated people and recommended for those who are vaccinated in environments such as theaters, retail stores, restaurants and bars. The importance of distancing and protection, ABC News points out, is demonstrated by the case of the state of Vermont, where the vaccine rate is lower than California but has a higher percentage of residents aged 65 and over. Research shows that mobility can be an incentive for the spread of the disease, particularly through air travel or mass transit. And where the population is older, there is less travel.


Attention is now already projected to the upcoming holidays, the Californian governor Gavin Newsom has urged his citizens to avoid as much as possible lunches and dinners with many guests if the hospitals come back under pressure. “At the height of the pandemic, people were locked up, they didn’t move at all, they stayed at home,” Brownstein reflects. “The more people move, the more we see more transmission.” The virus has been shown to spread mostly indoors and with people very close to each other, California’s sunny climate contributes to people spending more time outdoors. Compared to many other states, California is therefore “in a good position as winter approaches,” says Brownstein. “In all likelihood, the current trend is realistic and a consequence of policies such as the obligation of masks, distancing, in addition to the vaccination strategy”.

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