The COVID Warning Every American Should Hear

Across the country, Americans are celebrating the end of the COVID-19 pandemic by attending sporting events, eating at restaurants, and taking family vacations without their masks. However, experts warn that COVID-19 is still very much present, with the Delta variant quickly spreading in some areas of the country. Read on to hear how you might be in danger, and how to stay safe—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.

1

Hospitalizations are Going Up Again

Nurse in hospital examining all the parameters

President Joe Biden set a goal earlier this year to get at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine into the arms of 70 percent of the country. Currently, 65.4 percent have gotten at least partially vaccinated, but the vaccination demand is slowing down. At the same time, the Delta variant, first identified in India—more transmissible than previous variants—continues to spread around the country. According to experts, this could be a recipe for disaster. 

In Springfield, Missouri, hospitals are experiencing a six-fold increase in hospitalizations, according to Steve Edwards, CEO of CoxHealth. "I think it is the Delta variant and there is a lot of kindling with low vaccination rates, so it's spreading very rapidly," Edwards told CNN. "Almost all of our cases are unvaccinated people that, in my opinion, have put themselves in harm's way during this pandemic."

2

Young Adults are Spreading It

Group of friends having drinks at nightclub.

Officials believe that young adults are responsible for lower vaccination rates, per studies conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "High vaccination coverage among all age groups is important for decreasing COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, especially among groups with lower vaccination uptake, such as young adults," says the study published this week. 

Per the study, a whopping 95 percent of seniors over 65 will have been vaccinated with at least one dose, 86 percent of those 50 to 64, and more than 71 percent of those 30 to 49. However, just 57.5 percent of those under 30 will have received at least one vaccine dose by the end of August. And, another CDC study found that only around half of adults under 30 have or plan to be vaccinated, 55 percent of those between 30 and 34, and 53 percent of those 35 to 39. 

3

There Could Be Spikes and Surges

sad young female doctor or nurse wearing face protective mask for protection

"I am concerned about what's going to happen in the fall and winter," said University Of Nebraska Medical Center "College Of Public Health" Dean/Professor, Dr. Ali S. Khan on SiriusXM Doctor Radio's "Doctor Radio Reports." We're already seeing the divergence here in the U.S. in which states and counties have cases compared to which states and counties don't have cases based on vaccination status. And if you look at other vaccine preventable diseases, they also have periods of surges that occur, especially amongst those in communities who are unvaccinated," said Dr. Khan. States like Mississippi and Alabama have very low vaccine uptake compared to other states.

4

These States Need More People Vaccinated

"In 11 states, seniors who have yet to get a dose of the vaccine pose a risk to their states' recovery as most places remove restrictions aimed at limiting new outbreaks," says the NY Times. "Most of them are in the South: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. Georgia, Idaho and Missouri are at the 20 percent threshold. West Virginia and Wyoming also have more than 20 percent of people 65 and over without one dose."

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How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic

Female Wearing Face Mask and Social Distancing

So follow Dr. Anthony Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, 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.

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