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Covid-19 Fifth Wave to hit During the Thanksgiving

Twenty months after the pandemic killed over 770,000 deaths in the United States and about a year after Covid-19 vaccines became available, US health experts fear that the fifth wave of infections might overwhelm health systems in the worst-affected states. Fears of another outbreak coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday when tens of millions of Americans will visit their families for the first time since the attack began, some for the first time since the epidemic began.

But, in several Midwestern states, where vaccination rates are low and Covid-19 cases are fast climbing following a summer lull, what was supposed to be a joyous occasion has become deadly. According to epidemiologists, even several northeastern states with vaccination rates above 70%, such as Maine and Vermont, are seeing an increase in case numbers. This trend is likely due to breakthrough infections triggered by decreasing immunity to Covid-19 shots.

For the time being, hospitalization rates in these states are not increasing as quickly as they are in the Midwest, indicating that immunizations are still an essential strategy for preventing severe illness. In Minnesota, state officials called up 400 members of the National Guard this week to help nurses in long-term care institutions with persistent staffing shortages. According to epidemiologists, even several northeastern states with vaccination rates above 70%, such as Maine and Vermont, are seeing an increase in case numbers. This trend is likely due to breakthrough infections triggered by decreasing immunity to Covid-19 shots.

For the time being, hospitalization rates in these states are not increasing as quickly as they are in the Midwest, indicating that immunizations are still an essential strategy for preventing severe illness. In Minnesota, state officials called up 400 members of the National Guard this week to help nurses in long-term care institutions with persistent staffing shortages.

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