America’s top Infectious Disease Expert Anthony Fauci expressed his concern on Sunday via the ABC’s ‘This Week’ as the nation’s COVID-19 cases peak once again. He alerted that the situation will most likely get worse although the U.S does not have any plans for lockdown.
The cases have been reported the highest among unvaccinated people and officials request to take the vaccine as soon as possible.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had changed the course on masks advising vaccinated people to go back to wearing masks indoors in specific parts of America where the delta variant is spreading rapidly. However, it is a must for people at schools to wear masks indoors regardless of age, designation, or vaccination status.
Infectious Disease Expert Warns More Danger As Covid Cases Rise
The new decision came in response to the surging cases throughout the U.S with more than 50,000 cases and 24,000 hospitalizations per day.
The federal health officials have also referred to studies that show vaccinated people can spread the coronavirus, known to be breakthrough infections that appear as mild illnesses. Fauci acknowledged the scenario and emphasized the current theme of the Biden administration regarding how unvaccinated people are most likely to fall sick from infection than vaccinated people who are not infected.
He also pointed out that unvaccinated people are more vulnerable to illness, hospitalization, and death as they contribute to the further spread of the outbreak.
Despite the increased rates of vaccinations compared to last winter, it is insufficient to battle the deadly delta variant whose symptoms cannot be distinguished from vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
Research suggests that vaccinated people may still carry the same amount of virus found in unvaccinated individuals even though the infection might not exhibit serious symptoms.
According to the CDC’s data tracker, around 58% of Americans aged 12 and above are fully vaccinated.
Director of National Institutes of Health, Dr.Francis Collins stated on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ that citizens are finally becoming serious considering the sudden spike in vaccinations in the U.S over the past 2 weeks.
Data from the John Hopkins University shows that the new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S increased from 30,887 on July 16 to 77,827 by July 30. Considering the 7-day average, death reports increased from 253 to 358 during the same period.
Collins remarked that Louisiana has observed the most number of new cases in the past 2 weeks which explains its sudden spike in vaccinations.
He also mentioned that despite the ongoing delta variant, the vaccines continue to be effective and minimizes the need for hospitalization and sickness. The aim behind vaccinated people from locations with high outbreaks wearing masks is to reduce the risk for contracting the virus by those who are unvaccinated and have less immunity.
Fauci had a similar opinion as well stating that by wearing masks, there is a reduced risk of infecting unvaccinated people especially those who are highly vulnerable due to underlying health conditions.