It is no surprise that COVID-19 is still the topic in 2021. The Delta Variant is now king in America. With over 83.2%, of COVID related illnesses this virus shows no mercy with who it impacts and does not show a slowdown any time soon. The Delta rise can be seen within all 50 states.
Highest Delta Reporting Areas
The USA is reporting an average of 43,700 new cases daily. Although vaccination rates peaked in April, they have dropped significantly within the recent months. Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, and Nevada are reporting the highest daily averages in the past weeks, and within each of these states, they are below the national average for vaccinations.
U.S. officials are pleading for American’s to get the vaccination.
The highly contagious delta variant is said to be twice as transmissible as the original COVID-19 strains. One recent study from China found that people infected with the Delta have on average 1,000 times more copies of the virus in their respiratory tracts than those affected by the original strain. All in all, the virus is more transmittable.
How to Stay Safe
With the uprise in COVID cases, precautions are being advised to everyone in the community to follow to stop the spread of the virus.
While getting the vaccine does not protect you from getting the new Delta strain, it will lessen the severity of the symptoms. Vaccinated people are eight times less likely to end up in the hospital compared to unvaccinated people.
Wear masks regardless of being vaccinated. The CDC has now updated their guidance that everyone needs to wear a mask in schools, regardless of vaccinations or not. This guidance was implanted due to the recent findings that vaccinated people carry as much virus as unvaccinated people.
Use extra caution with traveling. Since the world is dealing with a different virus, it is unsure of the extent of the virus traveling to new regions. Airplanes are deemed low risk due to air filtration, but getting in the airport and surrounding yourself is where things become risky.
Pack a to-go bag with what to have on hand during a pandemic. While traveling, have a bag ready with essentials you will need to keep you and your family safe. Items to place in this bag could be: hand sanitizer, face-masks, and disinfecting wipes.
Overall, the Delta strain is here, and America needs to be prepared to face another wave of the virus. Take precautions when traveling, know where high infected areas are, and know that the virus is real and is dangerous. To be "in the know" and understand your surroundings is the first step in combating this sickness. Make sure to prepare before going out by packing essentials to keep you and the people around you safe. Promote the vaccines and encourage loved ones to get vaccinated and wear a mask. It is also recommended to stay up to date with the CDC guidelines to be aware of specific areas protocols that are being put in place to keep the community safe.
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