Previously, the health experts warned about the more contagious Delta Covid variant as it began to spread all across the US. Due to its high transmission ability, this virus is now responsible for more than half of the Covid-19 cases in the US. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this variant accounts for 51.7% of new coronavirus cases in the country.
In the past several months, mutations in the novel coronavirus strain appeared in different parts of the world. These mutations led many experts to question the efficacy of vaccines on the new variants of the coronavirus. However, the overall decrease in the number of Covid-19 cases shows that the vaccines help control the pandemic, despite the emerging variants.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, also stressed the importance of getting vaccinated at this time. He mentioned that the rising number of Delta variant cases in the US is one of the reasons to get the vaccine. Dr. Fauci also said that this variant is more contagious as it causes more severe symptoms as compared to other variants.
The more contagious variants of the coronavirus continue to spread across the states. According to Dr. William Schaffner from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, unvaccinated individuals provide more opportunities for this virus to spread around communities. As the virus continues to multiply, it undergoes mutations and emerges in a more contagious form than the original strain. Therefore, it is essential to suppress the spread of the virus to avoid further mutants in the future.
Recently, Johns Hopkins University released data that shows the increasing number of cases where there is a low vaccination rate. According to the data, the states in the US with a below-average rate of vaccination have three times more new cases reported. This rise in cases is compared to those states with a better vaccination rate.
An associate professor from the Brown University, Dr. Megan Ranney said that the unvaccinated individuals might contribute to the next coronavirus surge. She also mentioned the recent rise in infections in unvaccinated younger adults. According to a recent report by the CDC, only 47.5% of individuals in the US fully vaccinated themselves. This data shows that there is still a high risk of the spread of the variants. Hence, it can lead to another surge of coronavirus cases in the US.
Even though the vaccines in the US are effective in controlling the pandemic, the experts recommend using precautions to avoid spreading the virus. They suggest wearing masks in public gatherings and maintaining adequate distance. These measures can help control the rising number of cases, especially due to the Delta Covid variant.
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The data published by the Johns Hopkins University shows the consistent trend of Covid-19 infections in the US. According to the data, nearly 11,000 new coronavirus cases were reported daily during the past week. Apart from these cases, nearly 200 individuals in the US die from the infection every day. As of now, the only way to lower the number of new coronavirus cases is to get the coronavirus vaccine. Therefore, experts recommend increasing the rate of vaccinations in all the states to limit the transmission of the virus.