COVID BECOMING A PANDEMIC OF THE UNVACCINATED
As the increase in cases, hospitalisations and deaths of COVID-19 storms across states of the United States, disease control authorities have expressed their concerns and have urged declinatory citizens to get their shots of the vaccine.
In a briefing at the White House on Friday, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control, Rochelle Paula Walensky, said that COVID-19 is becoming a disease of the unvaccinated as there have been an increase in the number of cases and deaths preventable by the simple expedient of receiving the vaccine.
Rochelle Walensky also painted a picture of the country’s status quo as regards the course of the pandemic.
As at Friday, there was a rise in the seven-day average of new cases per day, which rose to about 26,000 in one day. This was after 33,000 confirmed cases of the infection were discovered on Thursday. The seven-day average of hospital admissions increased by 36%, rising to about 2800 and the deaths, 26%, being about 211 in a day.
Recent cases of hospital admissions and deaths are predominantly those of the unvaccinated. White House Corona virus response coordinator, Jeffrey Zients, confirmed this.
Less than 50% of Americans have been fully vaccinated. Dr Walensky affirmed that COVID thrived at places where there were low percentages of vaccinated citizens. Conversely, vaccinated communities have fewer cases of the disease. She therefore pleaded with people to receive the vaccine’s full regimen, as receiving just one of the two doses does not guarantee a strong protection from the disease.
The delta strain of the Corona virus is the force behind the new wave of the pandemic. It is behind majority of the new cases in the US. Nevertheless, there are vaccines available to shield against contracting this highly contagious variant of the virus.
However, Dr Walensky anticipates a spike in reported cases and mortality if people stay unvaccinated.