Coronavirus Update: U.S. known COVID cases hold at lowest level since May, but infections are rising again in New York

by | Sep 13, 2022 | Stock Market

U.S. known cases of COVID are continuing to ease and now stand at their lowest level since early May, although the numbers need to be viewed gently, given the number of people testing at home, where the data are not being collected. The daily average for new cases stood at 68,312 on Monday, according to a New York Times tracker, down 24% from two weeks ago. Cases are now rising in just five states — Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas, New York and Missouri.

New York had seen a steady decline in new cases in recent weeks with 79% of its residents fully vaccinated, but the now dominant omicron subvariants are highly infectious and patients can easily become reinfected. Experts are still emphasizing that vaccines and up-to-date boosters are the best safeguard against severe disease and death. The daily average for hospitalizations is down 10% at 34,404, while the daily average for deaths is down 20% to 382, the tracker shows.

An Associated Press poll of Americans’ views of their healthcare system produced a failing mark, with most people saying it is not handled well and its inadequacies were highlighted during the pandemic. The poll from the Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found satisfaction with the U.S. healthcare system to be very low, with fewer than half of those surveyed saying it is generally handled well. Only 12% say it is handled extremely or very well. Americans have similar views about healthcare for older adults. Overall, the public gives even lower marks for how prescription-drug costs, the quality of care at nursing homes and mental-health care are being handled, with just 6% or less saying those health services are done very well in the country. “Navigating the American healthcare system is exceedingly frustrating,” A. Mark Fendrick, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance …

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