COVID-19 cases in the US have risen nearly 27 percent in the past three weeks after rising steadily since mid-October, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC reported that the 7-day average on November 14 was 80,823 daily cases, up from 63,852 on October 24, an increase of 26.6 percent in three weeks.
The rise in COVID-19 could be a worrying indicator of the future in the US if it follows Europe’s lead into another coronavirus wave.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned US officials to watch out for the increase in COVID-19 cases in Europe, the current epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to ABC News, Europe was the only region in the world last week where COVID-19 cases and deaths increased. Experts attribute the trend to large numbers of unvaccinated people in some countries, along with declining immunity as people on boosters are out of date and relaxed COVID-19 restrictions.
The United States has also seen more cases of COVID-19 in children each week. A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that 122,000 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in children over the past week.
COVID-19 vaccines have been safely approved for effective use in children ages 5-11. However, surveys show that many parents – even vaccinated ones – are skeptical about the vaccine’s safety for children.
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The Washington Post reports that senior health officials in the Biden administration are concerned about the case load in Europe and are urging that the booster be made widely available to the public.