All the wrong numbers are going up in the COVID-19 pandemic. “CDC reported more than 33,000 new cases of COVID-19. Our seven day average is about 26,300 cases per day. And this represents an increase of nearly 70% from the prior seven day average,” said the CDC chief yesterday. We haven’t seen an increase like that in months. Deaths and hospitalizations are also up, as there is a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, therefore issued a new warning. Read on for five pieces of life-saving advice—and don’t miss these Sure Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.
“Clearly the Delta variant is dominant in the world,” said Dr. Fauci, saying it’s in 100 countries, noting the “extraordinary surge in the dominance of this variant worldwide.” He said we’re “seeing an increment in our own country to the point of now having more than 50% dominance and in some areas of the country greater than 70%. That is the sobering news.” He said “clinical studies show the effectiveness of these vaccines against the Delta variant, particularly and importantly against hospitalization….And so the message loud and clear that we need to reiterate is that these vaccines continue to strong protection against” COVID-19 “including the Delta variant, and some why it’s so important for yourself, your family and your community to get vaccinated.”
“You can see the patterns of local outbreaks in the slide of community transmission, the blue and yellow counties have low or moderate transmission,” said the head of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky. “The orange and red counties have substantial to high transmission on the left. You can see where we were just a short month ago and compare it to where we are now on the right in the last week—10% of counties have moved into high transmission risk in the red and 7% of counties have moved into substantial risk in the orange. Those counties most frequently correspond to counties with low vaccination rates.”
Dr. Fauci was asked “are we seeing any breakthrough infections among more vulnerable people who have been vaccinated?” Fauci said the “breakthrough infections that we’re seeing, certainly, we are seeing them, but you gotta remember what the denominator of the vaccinated people. When you’re talking about young people, specifically getting hospitalized, we are seeing younger people hospitalized right now, relatively speaking. to a more extent than we were before, because when we did not have the large group of elderly people vaccinated than the elderly people dominated the people who were hospitalized and got into trouble since we have more of a veil of protection among people, because about 85% of people who are elderly greater than 65 are vaccinated. When you look at the relative number of people who get hospitalized, clearly we’re seeing younger people from a relative standpoint, more hospitalized than we were seeing before because of the shift of the veil of protection, which is much more dominant among the elderly.”
“What we do know in the cases that we’ll looked at, if you are vaccinated and you get infected and you compare that person, if you’re an asymptomatic infected breakthrough vaccinated case, and compare that to someone who is infected, but not vaccinated and asymptomatic, the of virus in the nasopharynx of the vaccinated person is considerably less than the virus in the nasopharynx of a person who is infected unvaccinated and a symptomatic based on that,” said Fauci. “You could make a reasonable assumption that the rate of transmissibility from the asymptomatic vaccinated person to an infected person would be less likely than if the person was un-vaccinated. But the actual studies to do whether or not the transmission occurs is a large study. That’s ongoing right now.”
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“There is a clear message that is coming through: This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated. We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage because unvaccinated people are at risk and communities that are fully vaccinated are generally fairing well,” said Walensky.” So 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.