America continues to open up after the frightening and tragic months of the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the ongoing vaccination initiative made possible by dedicated researchers whose abilities have unlocked the unknowns that have been key to the vaccine development.
Yet despite the advances in immunization made so far, the United States continues to witness worrying levels of infection, especially in people who have chosen the risk of becoming seriously ill over the possibility of becoming seriously ill. avoid this unwanted and potentially fatal fate.
Meanwhile, health officials say the United States has yet to reach the immunization levels needed to prevent transmission of the virus in communities. In addition, COVID-19 continues to rage in some countries where access to vaccines remains limited or inaccessible for whatever reason.
The bottom line today: COVID-19 has yet to be defeated, and it’s impossible to predict if or when it will happen. Therefore, caution must continue to prevail amid the determined push to try and reopen the economy to a semblance of what it was before COVID-19 arrived.
Caution is especially needed now that a lazy and irresponsible attitude has evolved in many states regarding the reporting of new coronavirus cases, COVID-19-related hospitalizations, and statistics on pandemic-related deaths.
Data collection from Johns Hopkins University found that half of that nation’s states – including Pennsylvania – have halted daily reporting, with some resorting to publishing statistical data five or three times a week, in instead of seven.
Then there’s the schedule implemented by Alabama and Florida, which the other day moved the reporting frequency to once a week, poking fun at the need for ongoing, up-to-date knowledge about what is happening or not happening. on the coronavirus front.
Only up-to-date data can properly focus on where the vaccine focus needs to be most effectively. Only up-to-date data can combat the enemy of misconceptions that can undermine the successes achieved so far as well as the important steps deemed necessary to tackle problems in the future.
The efforts of epidemiologists and researchers suffer when an excessive amount of “old” information is what they have to guide their work and make important decisions.
The pandemic has proven that even a few days can move up-to-date information to the category of outdated and unreliable information.
A June 10 Wall Street Journal article developed the relevance of this concern by noting that epidemiologists and researchers “The worry’s delayed data will leave public health officials with blind spots as new variants of the coronavirus circulate and many parts of the world battle the increase in cases.”
Beth Blauer, executive director of the Centers for Civic Impact at Johns Hopkins, was quoted in the Journal as saying “The test data is really a great monitor to help us understand where we are now and whether or not the trend is in the wrong direction. We still have a raging global pandemic that is having huge impacts in places outside of the United States. “
Epidemiologists are keeping a close watch on states in southern America, where vaccination rates are lagging behind and cases spiked a year ago as people switched to indoor air conditioning to cope with the heat.
Having a constant flow of reliable information is not a political problem; it is common sense in the name of the well-being of the nation.
The lazy and irresponsible trend towards much less data must stop.