The United States is far from reaching the peak of its coronavirus outbreak. In January, the country reported more than 3,000 daily coronavirus deaths, compared to less than 275 daily deaths on average in the previous week. However, after a record low of 30 ends on July 11, the average daily death rate has risen by 22% in the last seven days. In addition, the average daily death rate has increased by 33% in the previous two weeks.
Unvaccinated Americans account for the great majority of these deaths: Unvaccinated people accounted for more than 99 percent of recent coronavirus deaths, according to Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who told NBC earlier this month. In addition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 97 percent of persons admitted to hospitals with symptomatic COVID-19 had not received vaccinations.
The Delta form, which is now the dominant strain in the United States, appears to be more transmissible than any other viral variant discovered so far. Walensky said, “We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage because unvaccinated people are at risk, and communities that are fully vaccinated are generally faring well.”