The Latest on Covid-19
A growing number of Americans have missed their scheduled second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The vaccines by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna require two doses -- administered three and four weeks apart, respectively -- to be considered fully effective. But data shows about 8% of Americans have missed that important second dose -- up from about 3.4% in March.
The Infectious Disease Society Association has officially urged the White House to publicly issue a federal directive asking all states to require masks to control the pandemic. Masking may turn a deadly virus into a milder infection.
UCSF infectious disease expert Dr. Monica Gandhi said, “Even if you do get (the) infection, it looks like the evidence is showing us that you’re getting less virus and that you’re less likely to get sick.”
A higher dose of the virus leads to more severe disease.
Black Americans have more existing medical issues, less access to health care, and are more likely to work in unstable jobs -- all factors that have made the coronavirus pandemic disproportionately hurt blacks more.
The financial stress along with ongoing racial tension, may compound factors that have been shown to worsen the health of African-Americans - The WallStreet Journal
The US Population is 4% of the world population, but has almost 1/3 of the world's Covid-19 cases - John Hopkins University