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The Pandemic: Variants and Vaccinations

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Data show that the number of new COVID-19 cases in the US topped 100,000 on Saturday, its highest daily total since before the vaccine went into effect. It is the highest rate of infections since the winter wave, which saw over 250,000 cases per day at its peak in January. The Associated Press reported that in June, cases leveled off at around 11,000 a day. After the outbreak, it took the US nine months to reach 100,000 daily cases.The Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention

While hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise, they remain well below the pre-vaccine peak in January, when over 120,000 were hospitalized. According to the latest data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 44,000 Americans were hospitalized with COVID-19. The figures show a 40 percent increase in one week and a 400 percent increase since June.

According to Johns Hopkins University

According to weekly averages as of Friday, about 500 people die every day due to the virus. According to Johns Hopkins University, that’s up from 270 deaths two weeks ago. In January, there were 3,500 deaths per day. Most cases and hospitalizations have occurred in the South, especially in Florida, where 135,000 people were infected last week. That averages to nearly 20,000 per day, accounting for 20 percent of the nation’s new cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky now account for 41 percent of the nation’s new hospitalizations.

 Masks, sanitation, and Vaccinations

Many states are rolling our requirements for masks the way they did in the thick of the first wave of infections. Americans have grown weary of the lengthy pandemic in stark contrast to a place like new Zealand that beat the virus with communal precautions. A cultural advantage Americans cannot seem to come by. The virus has continued to multiply. The delta variant has a variant, called Delta plus. States are doing what they can to ensure Americans are fully vaccinated.

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