Although the numbers in Florida, Texas, and other Southern states that were worst impacted by the summer surge are recovering, it’s clear that Delta isn’t done with the United States yet.
During the winter, when people withdraw indoors, close their windows, and breathe stagnant air, Covid-19 is traveling north and west.
COVID-19 Hot Spots Are A Worrying Sign for The US
It has been observed that the dangerous delta variant has increased the rate of Covid-19 hospitalizations in the Mountain West and generated disruptive outbreaks in the North, a foreshadowing of what may be coming this winter in the United States.
After a rise in cases linked to Halloween parties, a Vermont college recently stopped social events. To contain an epidemic, Boston officials closed an elementary school. New Mexico and Colorado hospitals are overburdened.
With roughly 400 Covid-19 patients in hospitals, Michigan’s three-county metro Detroit area is once again becoming a hotspot for transmissions. According to a collection of polls compiled by a famous modeling group at the University of Washington, mask use in Michigan has decreased to roughly 25% of the population.
Despite the state’s above-average immunization rate, New Mexico is running out of intensive care beds. It’s possible that waning immunity is a factor. People who were vaccinated early and have not yet gotten booster injections may be contributing to an increase in infection rates, even if they are still protected against the virus’s most serious repercussions.
The combination of Delta and decreasing immunity has set us behind, Ali Mokdad, a professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington, said. The delta variation is the most common kind of infection in the United States, accounting for more than 99 percent of the samples examined.
No state has attained a high enough vaccination rate, even when paired with infection-induced immunity, to avoid the epidemics that are now occurring.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order Thursday that lets any person 18 or older get a COVID-19 booster vaccine, defying national recommendations and taking another measure to keep hospitals and healthcare workers from being swamped by the state’s increase of delta infections.
Linsey Marr of Virginia Tech, a major researcher on the coronavirus’s airborne propagation, anticipated the virus’s northward expansion in a Twitter post on Sept. 15. The virus travels through the air and can grow in confined spaces with inadequate ventilation.
According to Marr, colder weather means more people are indoors inhaling the same air. Imagine that everyone you spend time with is a smoker, and you want to inhale as little of their cigarette smoke as possible, she explained.
Vaccination progress continues, but almost 60 million Americans aged 12 and up are still unvaccinated. According to White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients, this is an improvement over July, when 100 million people remained unvaccinated.
Zients reported during a news conference on Wednesday that the initial shots are averaging over 300,000 each day, and that the campaign to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11 years old is off to a promising start.