With decreased reported Covid-19 cases sweeping the United States this summer, the US Surgeon General has issued a warning to individuals who have not been vaccinated: don’t let your guard down just yet. Many health professionals and officials are concerned about the possibility of Variant delaying a statewide reopening.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said, “For those who are unvaccinated, they are increasingly at risk as more and more Variant develop. The news about the Delta Variant of Covid-19 is evidence of really why it’s so important for us to get vaccinated as soon as possible.” In an interview with CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated that the United Kingdom had previously been afflicted by the B.1.1.7, or Alpha, Variant before Delta infections became prevalent.
According to CDC data, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Wyoming have the lowest immunization rates in the US. Officials are also advising residents that immunizations are the best way to stay ahead of the variations.