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Today, the CDC chief warned of a "pandemic of the unvaccinated." As the Delta variant becomes the dominant one worldwide, cases are rising in the USA in almost every state, but most dangerously in states with the lowest vaccination rates. Where exactly? Read on to see where Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said were the latest hot spots, during today's White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing. 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.
CDC Chief Said Cases, Hospitalizations and Deaths are Going Up Again
The CDC chief began with some disturbing numbers. "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," she said. We haven't seen an increase like that in months. "The seven day average of hospital admissions is about 2,790 per day, an increase of about 36% from the previous seven day period. And after weeks of declines, seven day average daily deaths have increased by 26% to 211 per day." Keep reading to see who is getting sick.
CDC Chief Said This is Becoming a "Pandemic of the Unvaccinated"
"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." Keep reading to see which parts of the USA are most at risk.
CDC Chief Said These Regions are in Trouble
"You can see the patterns of local outbreaks in the slide of community transmission, the blue and yellow counties have low or moderate transmission," she said. "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."
CDC Chief Said Do Not Forget Your Second Shot if You Got Pfizer and Moderna—It's Essential
"The good news is that if you're fully vaccinated, you are protected against severe COVID hospitalization and death, and are even protected against the known variants, including the Delta variant circulating in this country," said Walensky. "If you are not vaccinated, you remain at risk. And our biggest concern is that we are going to continue to see preventable cases, hospitalizations, and sadly deaths among the unvaccinated. Lastly, I want to reiterate the importance of getting fully vaccinated. I want to reiterate that people who got the Pfizer and Madrona vaccines are most effective, especially when against the Delta variant, when given as two shots in a series, both vaccines are most effective two weeks after the second dose, with each exceeding 90% effectiveness against severe disease, hospitalization and death. In real world studies, not completing the series puts those partially vaccinated at risk of illness. We encourage that people get vaccinated on schedule three or four weeks after your first dose. But if you are beyond that window, I want to reiterate, there is no bad time to get your second shot, do it for yourself, your family, and for your community. And please do it to protect your young children who right now can't get vaccinated themselves with that."
How to Stay Safe Out There
"Clearly the Delta variant is dominant in the world," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 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%." 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.