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US Could be Breeding More Covid-19 Variants

Two Americans have emerged due to the Covid-19 pandemic: one protected by vaccines and the other who is still susceptible to infection — and researchers fear low-vaccination areas are jeopardizing that progress made across the US.

Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, Dr. Ashish Jha, said, “We’re already starting to see places with low vaccination rates starting to have relatively big spikes from the Delta variant. We’ve seen this in Arkansas, Missouri, Wyoming … those are the places where we’re going to see more hospitalizations and deaths as well, unfortunately. And any time you have large outbreaks, it does become a breeding ground for potentially more variants.”

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, instances are beginning to rise in parts of the South, Southwest, and Midwest. In addition, several states — such as Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi — have among the lowest vaccination rates. According to CDC data, current Covid-19 case rates are three times higher in states that have immunized a lesser percentage of their citizens than the United States as a whole.

Dr. Megan Ranney, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Brown University, believes that young unvaccinated adults could be a large part of the problem if another outbreak occurs. However, with a surplus of vaccination doses and weeks of dropping instances, CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen said Monday that there should not be an increase in infection in the United States.According to CDC data, just 47.4 percent of the US population is adequately vaccinated against the virus. Because there is so much transmission among those unwilling to get vaccinated, Wen recommends that immunized people in high-transmission areas continue to wear masks indoors.

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