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Coronavirus Infections Increase in the Unvaccinated Population

Coronavirus infections are on the rise in the United States, thanks to the delta variety, and are putting a load on hospitals in places where vaccination rates are low. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the seven-day average of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased by 69 percent to 26,306 in the last week. As a result, deaths have increased by 26% to 211, and hospitalizations have increased by 36% to 2,794.

The number of daily cases in most states has increased slightly. According to CDC data, only ten states did not see an increase in cases from July 7 to 14, including Colorado, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont. The current wave is being driven by the delta variety, which is said to have originated in India. According to studies from the United Kingdom, it may be more than twice as infectious as the original virus. According to the CDC, the delta form accounted for 58 percent of new COVID-19 cases by early July.

Almost all of the latest incidents have been among those who haven’t had the COVID-19 vaccine. According to CDC data analyzed by the Associated Press, over 98 percent of individuals hospitalized with Coronavirus in the United States in May and over 99 percent of those who died were unvaccinated. In addition, in the previous week, eight of the 12 states with less than 40% of their populations vaccinated have seen daily cases rise by 48 percent or more.

Many of these states are in the South and Midwest, which, according to Benjamin, adds to the risk due to underlying health problems. In addition, many of the states with low vaccination rates have poor health outcomes, such as high heart disease and diabetes rates. As a result, COVID-19 is considerably more likely to hospitalize and kill those who already have health problems.

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