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Experts Suggest People to Stay Away from Bars or Restaurants if not Vaccinated

With cases on the rise and less than half of the US population properly Vaccinated against Covid-19, scientists are advising a return to safeguards similar to those used during the early days of the epidemic. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the rate of new Covid-19 cases increased by at least 10% in 48 states in the last week compared to the previous week. The rate of new cases increased by more than 50% in 34 of those states.

CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, said, “What I would say bluntly is: If you are not Vaccinated right now in the United States, you should not go into a bar, you should probably not eat at a restaurant. You are at great risk of becoming infected.”

With the highly transmissible Delta variation now the dominant strain, Dr. Tom Frieden, former head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, predicted that the US might see 200,000 new Covid-19 infections each day over the next six weeks. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the last time there were more than 200,000 new US cases in a single day was in January. And, according to doctors in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Missouri, hospitals are once again overflowing with Covid-19 patients, though this time the patients are younger than previously.

Despite many officials and experts’ encouragement and cautions that immunizations provide the best protection against the virus, just 49.1 percent of the US population gets Vaccinated, according to CDC data. According to Reiner, if a considerable portion of the population remains resistant to vaccination, the US has two alternatives for controlling the spread: shut down companies, which few people want to do, or return to masks.

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