When viral race is back, we’re back to where we started, says Dr. Brian Belsky, a senior vice president at the American Academy of Family Physicians.
The AAFP, a national organization that works to reduce the spread of diseases, issued a new report on the spread and prevention of infections in the United States.
Among the findings: Infection rates are down dramatically, especially among those who have been in the hospital longer.
The CDC estimates that the annual infection rate for those in the general population is now at 0.2 percent, down from 1.4 percent in 2015.
And the number of infections has fallen dramatically, according to the report, which also showed that the number and types of infections dropped in the past year.
It said that the average person in the U.S. now gets about 6.8 infections a year, down about 50 percent from its peak in 2014.
But Belski noted that that number is far from high, since people are more likely to be infected with viral infections in more recent times than in earlier years.
“This is the time to have a good, healthy relationship with the community,” Belskin says.
“We need to be taking the right steps to help people stay healthy.
And that means helping them recover and getting them into care, which is also an important part of the prevention and treatment.”
The report said that in 2015, there were about 2.5 million reported hospitalizations for infectious disease.
That compares with about 1.3 million in 2015 and 1.2 million in 2014, which were both relatively high.
And of those, about 1 million are in the developing world.
For example, in China, nearly 80 percent of the country’s deaths are linked to infections, according the report.