COVID-19 Deaths Continue Decreasing
This week's U.S. CDC's COVID Data Tracker shows that rates of COVID-19 related deaths continued to decrease.
Since the recent peak on September 21, 2021, the 7-day rate averaged deaths decreased from about 1,830 fatalities to about 1,000 on November 19, 2021.
Most importantly, the number of pediatric deaths related to COVID-19 has significantly diminished over the past two months.
According to the CDC, as of November 24, 2021, there have been 621 deaths attributed to COVID-19 (vaccination and comorbidity status undisclosed) in people under 18 since the pandemic began in January 2020.
Additionally, the CDC reported 170 deaths involving both COVID-19 and pneumonia during that period.
And there have been 1,132 deaths from pneumonia alone.
Recently, the emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect people against COVID-19.
In response to this unknown threat, the CDC announced it is strengthening its recommendation on booster doses for 18 years and older individuals.
Effective today, everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when they are six months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or two months after their initial J&J vaccine.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated in a press statement issued on November 29, 2021, 'I strongly encourage the 47 million adults who are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible.'
'And to vaccinate the children and teens in their families as well because strong immunity will likely prevent serious illness.'
'I also want to encourage people to get a COVID-19 test if they are sick. Increased testing will help us identify Omicron quickly.'