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Video: COVID-19 uptick in Mass. ‘much smaller’ than other parts of US, doctor says

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Video: COVID-19 uptick in Massachusetts ‘much smaller’ than other parts of US, Boston doctor says



FOR STORMTEAM 5, I’M MTEOROLOGIST KELLY ANN CICALE. SE RHONDELLA: THANKS, KELLY ANN. COVID-19 CASES ARE RISING IN ALL 50 STATES FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE JAARNUY. JENNIFER: HERE IS DR. EMILY HYLE. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. WE IMAGINE IT IS FRUSTRATING FOR YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES TO SEE AN INCREASE. CAN YOU TELL US HOW OUR NUMBERS IN MASSACHUSETTS AND THE NORTHEAST COMPARE TO EVERYWHERE ELSE? >> YOU KNOW, IT’S A REALLYAD S TIME I THINK FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERAROUS ND THE COURYNT TO SEE ANY RISE IN COVID-19 BECAUSE WE DO HAVE THESE SAFE AND EFECTIVE VACCINES. WERE A SEEING AN UPTICK IN MASSACHUSETTS AND OTHER NORTHEASTERN STATES, BUT I WOULD SAY THAT THIS UPTICK HERE IS MUCH SMALLER THAN IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNY,TR AND THAT’S REALLY DUE TO THE HIGH VACCINATION RATES WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO ACHIEVE HERE. SO EVEN THOUGH WE DO SEE AN INCREASE, IT IS MUCH SMALLER. AND I THINK IT REALLY HIGHLIGHTS WHAT A GOODIME T IT IS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET BEEN VACCINATED AND ARE THINKING AUTBO IT TO TALK WITH SOMEONE ABOUT THE RISKS AND BEFITENS OF VACCINE, TO GET THEIR QUESTIONS ANSWERED AND TO GO AHEAD ANDET G VACCINATED. RHONDELLA: NO TIME TO WAIT. THE CDC DIRECRTO REFERRED TO THE NATIONAL INCREASE AS A PANDEMIC OF THE UNVACCINATED. IS THAT WHAT OUR DATA SHOWS IN OUR STATE, TOO? >> ABSOLU. TELY 99.5 OF %THE COVID DEATHSOW N ARE IN UNVACCINATED PEOPLE AND WE’RE SEEING THAT HEREN I MASSACHUSETTS AS WELL. THE STATE RELEASED DATA ABOUT OUR 24. MILLION VACCINATED PEOPLE JUST THIS WEEK AND SHOWED THAT ONLY 79 OF THE DEATHS OCCURRED AMONG PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN FLYUL VACCINAT. ED SO MORE DATA FROM OUR STATE IN PARTICULAR, TTHA VACCINATIONS ARREE ALLY EFFECTIVE. JENNIFER: WE’VE ALSO HEARD MANY TIMES THAT YOUNGER PEOPLE IN THEIR, Y,SA 20’S, 30’S AND 40’S ARE AT A LOWER RISK FOR SERIOUS SYMPTOMS OR DEATH. IS THE DELTA VARIANT HAVING A DIFFERENT IMPACT ON THOSE AGE GROUPS? >> YOU KNOW, COV-1ID9 IS A CRUEL DISEASE AND VERY UNCERTAIN. IT’S VERY TRUE THAT FROTHEM START OF THE PANCDEMI WE WERE SEEING MANY MORE SEVERE CASES AND DEATHS AMONG OLDER FOLKS OR PEOP LE WITH CHRONIC DISEASES. HOWEVER, FROM THE VERY START WE’VEEE SN SEVERE ILLNESS AMONG YOUNGER PEOPLE AS WELL. SO I THINK, AGAIN, PEOPLE WHO ARE YOUERNGHO W FEEL THEY HAVE NO HEALTH PROEMSBL AND ARE CONCERDNE ABOUT THE VACCINE SHOULD TAKE THE OPPORTUNITYO T SPEAK WITH HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS ABOUT THE SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF THE VACCINE. DI’ SAY FOR PEOPLEHO W HAVE ONLY HAD ONE DOSE OF THE MRNA VACCINE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET THAT SECOND DOSE, TO TALK WITH SOMEBODY IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT GETTING A SECOND DOSE, BECAUSE WE’RE SEEING A DRAMATIC CHAENG IN THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ONE DOSE VERSUS TWO DESOS OF MRNA VACCINE IN ADULTS. RHONDELLA: ONE OUT OF FIVE CASES HAPPENED IN FLORIDA. DO YOU THINK MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS SHOULD AVOID TRAVELING TO HOT SPOTS EVEN IF YOU’RE VACCINATED? >> IF YOUR UNVACCINEDAT, NOW IS NOT A GOOD TIME TO GO TO AREAS WHERE THERE IS A LOT OF CIRCULATING VIRUS. IT IS A GDOO TIME TO THINK ABOUT GETTING VACCINATED. IF YOU HAVE TO TRAVEL AND AREN’T AB YOU HAVE TO TRAVEL AND AREN’T LE TO BE VACCINATED OR HAVE TOO MANY CONCERNS, MASNGKI IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. FOR THOSE WHO ARE FULLY VACCINATED, I THINK THIISS REALLY A RISK BENEFIT ANALYSIS FOR EACH PERSON. R OU VACCINES ARE INCREDIBLY EFFECTIVE, BUT THEY ARE NOT 100%. NO VACCINE IS. AND SO IF YOU’RE IN AREAS WHERE THERE’S REMO CIRCULATING VIRUS, EVEN IF YOU’RE FULLY VACCINATED, THERE IS A HIGHER RKIS OF BECOMING INFECTED, AND SO FOR THOSE WHO ARE FLYUL VACCINATED ANWANTD OR NEED TO TRAVEL TO AREAS WHERE THERE’S A LOT OF CIRCULATING VIRUS, I THINK IT’S A GOOD TIME TO CONSIDER THOSE SKSRI AND BENEFITS AND TO MASK IF YOU ARE IN AREAS WHERE THERE’S MORE CIRCULATING VUSIR EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE FULLY VACCINATED. JENNIFER: DR. EMILY HY

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Video: COVID-19 uptick in Massachusetts ‘much smaller’ than other parts of US, Boston doctor says

COVID-19 cases are now rising in all 50 states for the first time since January.

COVID-19 cases are now rising in all 50 states for the first time since January.

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