CDC Just Issued Warning About COVID Surge
Here's a sentence we hoped we wouldn't have to write ever again: COVID-19 cases are "surging." "Our seven day average is about 12,600 this per day," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at yesterday's White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing. "And while this is a 95% decrease from our peak into early January, it does also reflect a 10% increase in the seven day average from last week." This is significant: There hasn't been an increase for many, many weeks. These regional increases are threatening the unvaccinated—but everyone should be concerned, Walensky explained. Read on for 5 things you need to know now to save your life—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.
COVID Cases are Surging in Some Areas, Warns CDC
"Looking across the country, we have made incredible progress towards ending the pandemic," said Walensky. "We continue to see overall low numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. However, looking state by state and county by county, it is clear that communities where people remain unvaccinated are communities that remain vulnerable. This is all true. As we monitor the continued spread of the hyper-transmissible Delta there—the Delta variant is predicted to be the second most prevalent variant in the United States, and I expect that in the coming weeks, it will eclipse the Alpha. And in some regions of the country, nearly one in two sequences is the Delta variant. There are communities that are vulnerable and where we are now seeing surges in cases."
Hospitalizations are Surging, Too, in These Areas of the USA
It's not just cases that are going up—"indeed also hospitalizations due to what could be the spread of the Delta variant and low vaccination rates in these communities. Currently, approximately 1,000 counties in the United States have vaccination coverage of less than 30%. These communities primarily in the Southeast and Midwest are our most vulnerable. In some of these areas, we are already seeing increasing rates of disease. As the Delta variant continues to spread across the country, we expect to see increased transmissions in these communities unless we can vaccinate more people."
The COVID Vaccines Can Protect You Against the Delta Variant, Says CDC
"Our authorized vaccines provide protection against the circulating variants in this country, including Delta," said Walensky. "Vaccination is how we protect these individuals, families, and communities, and prevent severe disease, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19. Preliminary data from a collection of states over the last six months suggest 99.5% of deaths from COVID-19 in these states have occurred in unvaccinated people—any suffering or death from COVID-19 is tragic with vaccines available across the country. The suffering and loss we are now seeing is nearly entirely avoidable. COVID vaccines are available and free for everyone aged 12 and up. And I encourage everyone who has not been vaccinated, especially those in these vulnerable communities with low vaccine coverage, to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated" as we go into July 4th.
Dr. Fauci Also Begged Those Unvaccinated to Get Theirs
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also spoke, and said the mRNA vaccines were proven effective against the Delta variant. He mentioned the World Health Organization, which said even vaccinated people should wear masks. He said WHO "is responsible for the planet as a whole. It's different in the world in general, from here in the United States. If you look at the share of the population fully vaccinated in the United States and worldwide, the…dynamics of infection," are very different. "And finally, the good news we have is that we have a solution. The science is clear the best way to protect yourself against the virus and its variance is to be fully vaccinated. It works, it's free, it's safe, it's easy."
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How to Stay Safe Out There
So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.