These States are Having an Alarming COVID Comeback, Say Experts
Coronavirus cases are rising nationwide, but some states are driving the comeback bigtime. "This week, just…three states with lower vaccination rates accounted for 40 percent of all cases nationwide," Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator, said at a news conference yesterday. Why should you care if you're vaccinated? Well, you can still get COVID after vaccination, and chances are you know someone who is unvaccinated (a child? A cousin) and they are in danger. Read on to see which states experts are most alarmed about—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.
Florida just reported its highest day of cases since January—12,647 new cases. "For the second week in a row, one in five of all cases occurring in Florida alone," said Zients. "And within communities, these cases are primarily among unvaccinated people." Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been both applauded and come under fire for keeping the state open during most of the pandemic, but he agrees with virus experts—even with Dr. Fauci, who he has ridiculed—on at least one thing: "If you are vaccinated, the number of people that end up hospitalized after is almost zero. It's incredibly, incredibly low," he said this week. His message to Floridians: Get vaccinated.
Reports like this are coming out regionally in Texas: "Health officials are warning that if current COVID-19 trends continue in North Texas, hospitalizations and case numbers are likely to climb back up to surge levels by this fall," reports Fox 4. "The latest data from UT-Southwestern shows a 156% increase in hospitalizations over the last month, and the numbers continue to climb. Data also shows the number of North Texans who have gotten the vaccine or are willing to get the vaccine have plateaued. Over the last month, North Texas hospitals have seen dramatic increases in hospitalization, climbing 89% in the last two weeks."
Cases are so out of control in Missouri, it's driving the formerly hesitant to get vaccinated. "As the delta variant continues to rapidly spread across the United States, it appears people who were once hesitant or skeptical of the Covid vaccines in the Springfield area have increasingly reconsidered. Leaders in Springfield credit a renewed push to convince those reluctant to get the shot, as well as residents having to face the stark realities of the recent outbreak," reports NBC News. Statewide, however, vaccinations are well below where they need to be.
Things Aren't Looking Good for the USA, Says Analysis
"Nationally, the U.S. is reporting a seven-day case rate of about 79 per 100,000, its highest since mid-May. At least 1,662 people have died in the past week. Vaccinations, meanwhile, have slowed significantly. An average of 518,965 doses per day were administered in the U.S. in the last week, according to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker. In April, the daily rate was more than 3 million. At the current pace, it will take another nine months to cover 75% of the population, according to the tracker," reports Bloomberg.
How to Stay Safe Out There
Follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, 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, 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.