Sensia COVID Update
As a service to our corporate clients, Sensia offers weekly updates on the COVID pandemic. Sensia provides this information to keep you as up to date as possible on the everchanging COVID landscape.
May 26, 2021
Really good news all around for the United States. The 7-day average of cases has continued a dramatic decline. The 7-day average of new cases in the United States was only 23,215 on May 24 in comparison to 30,211 on May 16 and 38,678 on May 9. For some perspective, the 7-day average was 55,186 on April 26 which was just one month prior! The 7-day average for death in the United States is also steadily declining and was 398 on May 24 in comparison to 545 on May 16, 608 on May 9, 658 on May 2, and 666 on April 26. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID stands at 587,830 as of May 24.
Good news for the Midwest as well. The 7-day average of cases in Wisconsin was 398 on May 24 in comparison to 498 on May 16, 642 on May 9, 737 on May 2, and 712 on April 26. The 7-day average for deaths in Wisconsin was only 5 on May 24.
Michigan has continued a positive trend. The 7-day average of cases was 901 on May 24 in comparison to 1158 on May 16, 2714 on May 9, 3587 on May 2, and 5144 on April 26. The 7-day death rate in Michigan was 19 on May 26 in comparison to 36 on May 9.
The COVID vaccination statistics are to be applauded. Over 288,000,000 COVID vaccinations have been administered in the United States. As of May 24, 49.5% of Americans have received at least one dose and 39.5% are fully vaccinated. Of those 12 years and older, 58.6% have received at least one dose and 46.8% are fully vaccinated. Of those 18 years and older, 61.6% have received at least one dose and 50.0% are fully vaccinated. Of those 65 years and older, 85.3% have received at least one dose and 73.9% are fully vaccinated.
The milestone of 50.0% of adult Americans being fully vaccinated was achieved yesterday with over 60% receiving at least one dose! In a number of states, over 70% of the population has received at least one dose with the projection for more states to join those ranks. Unfortunately, overall demand for the vaccine is down while supplies are readily available.
In spite of the overall good news, many Americans are hesitant to obtain the vaccine. The simple message to relay to these individuals is that the pandemic is essentially over for the fully vaccinated, but not for the unvaccinated. The unvaccinated are at the same risk of COVID infection as if the country were still at the height of the pandemic. Herd immunity may never be reached so the protection afforded to the fully vaccinated is not afforded to the unvaccinated until they are vaccinated themselves.
The best strategy continues to be to practice mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing along with encouraging all Americans to get vaccinated for COVID.
COVID Vaccine Update and World News
Although the news is the United States is very positive, many parts of the world continue to struggle. The India variant B.1.617 which is fueling the pandemic in India is already present in the United States although to a small extent. The concern is that the India variant is more contagious creating an even greater risk for the unvaccinated. Thankfully the Pfizer vaccine appears to be very effective against the India variant providing further support of the benefits of vaccination.
I included the following in the previous blog but continue to receive questions surrounding these topics. For that reason, I have updated the information for your consideration.
Can a fully vaccinated person get COVID?
Yes. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are 95% effective so a small number will not achieve full immunity. Many of these individuals may have an altered immune system as a result of specific medical conditions or are taking immuno-suppressive medications. Although the COVID vaccines are very effective, a small number of fully vaccinated people will develop the infection which are called “breakthrough cases”. The percent of fully vaccinated people who become a breakthrough case is thought to be very low, <0.01%.
The CDC is currently monitoring breakthrough cases that have resulted in hospitalization or death. Numerous studies have demonstrated that the COVID vaccines significantly lower the rates of infection, hospitalization, and death. Any case in which a person was fully vaccinated and died thereafter has been carefully scrutinized. No vaccine is perfect but the COVID vaccines are undoubtedly very good.
Can a fully vaccinated person transmit COVID?
Yes, but highly unlikely. Even if a fully vaccinated person were to get COVID, the level of virus in their system is significantly muted which limits the risk of transmission. Real world evidence supports that the COVID vaccines are very effective at preventing asymptomatic, symptomatic, and serious infections. Those who are fully vaccinated should feel comfortable in resuming their activities at least around others who are fully vaccinated as well.
Bear in mind that as an employer, about 50% of employees are not yet fully vaccinated. Almost 60% of adults over age 18 have received at least one dose. Advising the use of masks at work until at least 70% of adults in Wisconsin are fully immunized may be prudent. Employees who are fully immunized may be allowed to not wear a mask if around other fully vaccinated employees or who work in an isolated area.
Sensia provides presentations to vaccine hesitant audiences as to the benefits and risks of COVID vaccination. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Patti Schaetz at Sensia.
Sensia’s Service Summary
Sensia provides comprehensive Occupational Health, Wellness, and Primary Care services to employers and their employees by providing medical clinics and/or medical staff at the worksite. Sensia actively assists our clients in managing the COVID pandemic. Sensia is an independent healthcare organization not affiliated with any of the hospital-based systems. At Sensia, our client is the employer and their employees. References are available upon request.
If you wish to learn more about Sensia’s services, please contact Patti Schaetz at email@example.com or call 920-470-5133. Sensia looks forward to the conversation.
Andrew J. Seter, M.D.
President – Business Development
Sensia offers a variety of wellness services including health risk assessments, educational presentations, and incentive programs to assist employees in learning more about how to manage their health and wellbeing. Please contact Patti Schaetz, President – Business Development at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 920-470-5133 to discuss how we can help you this year. You can also visit our website at, www.mysensia.com for additional information and a list of our other services.