BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Issues surrounding COVID-19 disinformation have been rising.
In response, U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen joined Defend Our Care’s digital press convention Tuesday together with prime native and nationwide well being officers to deal with the rise of false data they are saying is endangering tens of millions of People.
Well being officers say for the primary time in six months, COVID-19 instances are rising in all 50 states and the unvaccinated make up about 90 % of hospitalizations and deaths.
Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, affiliate professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg College of Public Well being, is amongst many different leaders aggressively working to fight the rise of COVID-19 disinformation, particularly surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We’re in a really, very worrisome section proper now,” she mentioned.
It’s costing lives, Nuzzo mentioned.
“Sadly our efforts have slowed, and our rollout of vaccines have been assembly super quantities of resistance that’s simply, sadly, setting us again farther than we completely must be by now,” Nuzzo mentioned.
As of Wednesday, for the ninth day in a row, greater than 100 new COVID-19 instances had been reported in Maryland. The statewide positivity charge has additionally elevated to 1.65 %.
With the delta variant on the rise concentrating on essentially the most weak, unvaccinated individuals, well being officers say now could be the time to refocus on prevention and training.
“Simply hope that we will all pull collectively as a nation to guard one another and to verify on the very least, it’s superb if individuals wish to make the choice to not be vaccinated, however to verify they accomplish that primarily based on information not lies,” Nuzzo mentioned.
The COVID-19 vaccine has been confirmed secure and efficient. The CDC says it could actually preserve you from getting and spreading the virus. It will probably additionally preserve you from getting significantly in poor health even in case you contract COVID-19.