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 5, 2021

Good news with a somewhat ominous warning.  The 7-day average of cases in the United States continued a steady decline to 48,164 on May 2 in comparison to 55,186 on April 26 and 69,953 on April 13.  The 7-day average for death in the United States was flat at 658 on May 2 in comparison to 666 on April 26.  The total number of deaths attributed to COVID stands at 574,220 on May 2.

After a decline, Wisconsin has stabilized.  The 7-day case average in Wisconsin was 737 on May 2 in comparison to 712 on April 26 and 921 on April 13.  The 7-day average for deaths in Wisconsin increased to 13 on May 2 after hovering around 6 for several weeks.

Michigan continues to show improvement.  In Michigan, the 7-day average caseload was 3587 on May 2 in comparison to 5144 on April 26 and 7873 on April 13.  In spite of the decrease in cases, the 7-day death rate in Michigan rose to 37 on May 2 in comparison to the mid 20’s previously.  Expectation is that the death rate in Michigan will begin to fall as well.

The COVID vaccination statistics are impressive.  Over 247,000,000 COVID vaccinations have been administered in the United States.  As of May 3, 44.4% of Americans have received at least one dose and 31.8% are fully vaccinated.  Of those older than 18 years of age, 56.3% have received at least one dose and 40.6% are fully vaccinated.  Of those older than 65 years of age, 82.8% have received at least one dose and 69.7% are fully vaccinated.  Very similar statistics apply to Wisconsin. 

Unfortunately, the pace of COVID vaccination has slowed.  Vaccine hesitancy is thought to be a key factor.  The younger population does not see the need for the vaccine and will take their chances.  The reality is that COVID does not discriminate by age!  Even though the overall COVID numbers are down, the serious cases in the United States are shifting towards the young.  People under 50 now account for 35% of hospital admissions which is the largest segment based on age.  In part due to the vaccine, hospitalizations in the elderly are down significantly.  Although the younger population is less likely to die, the circulating virus creates a “reservoir of disease” which can affect others.  Ultimately, we are all better off by vaccinating as many people as possible.

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Some cities and states are even offering incentives to get the COVID vaccine.  Not a bad idea for employers who want to promote vaccination amongst their employees.  We have plenty of beer in Wisconsin!

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/03/us/Coronavirus-vaccine-appointment-incentives.html

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

The COVID pandemic continues to rage out of control in India.  Over the last week, almost 400,000 new COVID cases were being reported in India each day!  Estimates are that 120 people are dying per hour in India from COVID.  The actual numbers are likely much worse.  Supplies are exhausted especially for oxygen.  Vaccines are in short supply with less than 10% receiving at least one dose and only 2% fully vaccinated.  The pandemic in India is expected to worsen as the virus spreads into rural areas.  The worst may not be over in India for several months!

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/india-covid-crisis-deaths-vaccine-oxygen/

To add insult to injury, the continuous presence of COVID around the world may make herd immunity unattainable.  As long as the COVID virus has a place to live, variants will arise, and the spread will continue.  Experts believe that COVID may be with us for many years although we will come to a new equilibrium with the virus.  Vaccine hesitancy is contributing to the ongoing pandemic as well.  A pretty scary thought.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/03/health/covid-herd-immunity-vaccine.html

Sensia conducts presentations at the worksite to vaccine hesitant employees regarding the benefits of COVID vaccination.  The sessions are designed to interact with the employees and openly address any questions.  If you are interested in learning more about these presentations, please let Sensia know.  Ultimately, we benefit individually and collectively from the COVID vaccine.

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 pschaetz@sensiawellness.com or call 920-470-5133.  Sensia looks forward to the conversation.

Sincerely,

Andrew J. Seter, M.D.

CEO/President

Sensia Wellness

aseter@sensiawellness.com

Employee Health Coaching

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 pschaetz@mysensia.com, 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.