CDC urges to protect people with comorbidities by accumulating record of 132,646 hospitalizations

Rochelle Walensky, directora de los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC).

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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The United States broke a new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations on Sunday with 132,646 patients who are currently being treated for the virus as they Rapidly Spreading Omicron Variant Cases Emerge Across the Country.

Yet despite hospitalization records, fewer Americans die from the virus, and most appear to be with multiple comorbidities, according to Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The director estimated in a recent interview with the program ‘Good Morning America’ that “The overwhelming number of deaths, more than 75 percent, occurred in people who had at least four comorbidities… So actually, these are people who weren’t right to begin with and they do represent really encouraging news. in the context of Ómicron ”.

He emphasized the need to “protect people with severe Covid-19 comorbidities” in a tweet, after many considered his comments insensitive to those with comorbidities or disabilities.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky, testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Work and Pensions on the continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Walensky said that CDC is taking steps to protect those most at risk from Covid-19, including the elderly, the disabled and the chronically ill.

“I devoted myself to medicine, specifically HIV, and to public health to protect those most at risk,” he wrote. “CDC is taking steps to protect those most at risk, including those with chronic health conditions, disabilities, and older adults.”

Walensky elaborated on comorbidities in an appearance Sunday on Fox News, when host Bret Baier asked Walensky how many of the total deaths in the U.S., now more than 836,000, according to the CDC, can be attributed to comorbidities. She couldn’t say, but said the data “will be coming in.”

The average number of new cases has doubled in the last 10 days to 704,000 in the country and the United States has averaged more than 500,000 during the last six consecutive days.

In New York State, hospitalizations increased to more than 12,000 patients In the past week. 42% of those hospitalized for the virus were admitted for other reasons, about the same percentage as last week. The state reported 54,000 cases and 135 deaths.

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