Twenty months after the epidemic claimed the lives of over 770,000 people in the United Areas and roughly a year after Covid-19 vaccinations became available, US health experts are concerned that the fifth wave of infections would overwhelm health systems in the worst-affected states. Fears of a new outbreak coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday, when tens of millions of Americans will see their relatives for the first time since the attack, and for others, the first time since the disease began.
What was supposed to be a happy occasion has become fatal in numerous Midwestern states, where vaccination rates are low and Covid-19 cases are rapidly rising after a summer lull. Even numerous northeastern states with vaccination rates above 70%, such as Maine and Vermont, are experiencing a surge in case numbers, according to epidemiologists.
Minnesota state officials activated 400 National Guard members this week to help nurses in long-term care homes with recurring staffing shortages. According to epidemiologists, even states with vaccination rates above 70%, such as Maine and Vermont, are seeing an increase in the number of cases. Breakthrough infections caused by diminishing Covid vaccination protection are most likely to blame for this phenomenon.