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Virus Expert Warns These States in Danger

The Delta variant is spreading, particularly in states with low vaccination rates.
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With summer in full swing, it can feel like the coronavirus pandemic is finally, basically over—but it isn't, experts are warning every day. Americans are still dying. And a new variant, called Delta, is more transmissible, ripping its way through certain states. Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, went on two TV networks yesterday to sound the alarm, and tell you what you should do to stay safe. Read on for 5 essential life-saving pieces of advice—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.


Virus Expert Predicted More Deaths in These States

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"We're already starting to see places with low vaccination rates starting to have relatively big spikes from the Delta variant. We've seen this in Arkansas, Missouri, Wyoming … those are the places where we're going to see more hospitalizations and deaths as well, unfortunately," Jha told CNN. "And any time you have large outbreaks, it does become a breeding ground for potentially more variants."


Virus Expert Says He Would Wear a Mask in These States

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"If you're in a low-infection, high-vaccination area, you don't need to be wearing a mask indoors if you're fully vaccinated," Jha told CNN. "If I were in southwest Missouri right now, I'm fully vaccinated but I would be wearing a mask indoors." Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, agreed. "I think there would be a good reason to do that. As we've said so often that vaccines, as good as they are, and highly effective—nothing is 100%. And if you put yourself in an environment in which you have a high level of viral dynamics and a very low level of vaccine, you might want to go the extra step and say, when I'm in that area where there's a considerable degree of viral circulation, I might want to go the extra mile to be cautious enough, to make sure that I get the extra added level of protection. Even though the vaccines themselves are highly effective." 


Virus Expert Warned That People Are Still Dying

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"Two thirds of adult Americans have gotten a shot. That's fabulous," said Jha on CBS This Morning. "And it's made an enormous difference and I think we should absolutely be celebrating, but" those who are getting COVID and sick and dying are those who are unvaccinated. "It is absolutely true. We still have hundreds of Americans dying every week of this disease. 99-plus percent of them are people who are unvaccinated. That's where this virus really is circulating among unvaccinated Americans. And if you don't want to be one of those people, it's really straightforward: Go get vaccinated as I, and all my family, have."

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Virus Expert Said the Vaccines are Protective Against the Delta Variant

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"This has continued to be a pleasant surprise to me. These vaccines are incredibly effective against all the variants out there, including the Delta variant, about 90%," said Jha.

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How to Stay Safe Out There

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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.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more