COVID-19 cases are rising in U.S. Hotspots. Most of these rising case numbers have been attributed to the now dominant Delta variant, which is twice as transmissible as previous strains. Almost all of U.S. COVID-19 deaths in June were among unvaccinated people.
Rising COVID-19 case numbers in U.S. Hotspots as the Delta variant rapidly spreads. Dr. Peter Hotez, Chair of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine: “Wherever vaccination rates are low with a high percentage of the virus isolants, or the Delta variant — which is twice as transmissible as the original lineage — you’re going to have lots of COVID cases and lots of hospitalizations.”
A third of new cases in the U.S. coming from Nevada, Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Florida according to a Medical Analyst. Mayor Frank Scott Jr. of Little Rock, AR saying: “To see a potential third wave is disheartening and it’s disappointing because quite frankly, it’s preventable.”
More than 99% of U.S. COVID-19 deaths in June were among unvaccinated people, according to the CDC. Dr. William Schaffner, Prof. of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt Univ. School of Medicine adding: “It’s not vaccinated people who are getting hospitalized today, it’s unvaccinated people.
This as confusion remains over a booster shot. Pfizer virtually briefing U.S. Government Officials regarding the potential need for another dose, but the guidance from the CDC is that as of now, a third shot is not needed.
What is needed is first time vaccinations. Dr. Jonathan Reiner, Prof. of Medicine at George Washington University saying: “Our vaccines work incredibly well against all of the variants, including the Delta variant.”
According to the CDC, the daily pace of people becoming fully vaccinated has dropped 84% since the mid-April peak. Dr. Jonathan Reiner adding: “If you get vaccinated, you will be protected from dying. Will you not die from this.”