Washington — Virtually all deaths from COVID-19 in the United States are among those who have not been vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine. And these deaths are very concentrated in counties with unstable vaccination rates, many of which are in the Midwest and Southeast.
On the other hand, in the northeastern and western states, where the governor gave top priority to vaccination and there was little resistance from the beginning, the infection has virtually stopped.
“We can see that areas and counties with high vaccination rates and low case rates are returning to normal,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Said at a briefing on Thursday White House Pandemic Response Team
Warensky described a scenario in a country that was highly fractured as a result of significant differences in vaccination rates. These differences are related to cultural, social, economic and political factors.
At the same time, the vaccine remains highly effective against all variants of the coronavirus. This includes the more contagious Delta subspecies, which Warensky said currently accounts for 8 out of 10 new cases in parts of the Mountain West. Delta is currently the leading strain of coronavirus in the United States.
In recent months, 99.5% of all COVID-19 deaths in the United States have been unvaccinated individuals, according to Warensky. “These deaths could be prevented with simple and safe shots,” said the CDC director. President Biden points out much the same, and he and his best public health officials are looking for ways to revitalize their deadlocked vaccination efforts.
Some vaccinated people are infected with the coronavirus, which tends to lead to mild illness.
For weeks, the coronavirus pandemic pathway has been steadily bifurcated, with some countries returning to normal and others appearing to return to rising case rates. Overall, mortality rates continue to decline, while case rates and hospitalizations increase slightly. However, these national trends do not represent a more subtle field reality.
In particular, Warrensky selected 173 counties with the highest incidence of new infections, with more than 100 cases per 100,000 last week. According to Walensky, 93% of these 173 counties are vaccinated to less than 40% of their population.
On the other hand, under high vaccination status in Maryland, deaths from the new coronavirus are recorded about once a day.
“Low vaccination in these counties, coupled with high case rates and loose mitigation policies that do not protect unvaccinated people from illness, is certainly and sadly more unnecessary distress, hospitalization, and It could potentially lead to death, “said the CDC director.
According to the latest CDC guidance, unvaccinated people will continue to wear masks. Warrensky and other top public health officials said people should be vaccinated, rather than returning to wearing masks.
“Extensive vaccination is a real shift in this pandemic,” Warensky said Thursday. According to the CDC 47.6 percent of the American population is fully vaccinated.. This is one of the highest percentages in the world, but most epidemiologists believe it is not enough to declare that the last corner has changed.
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