According to a recent study from USA facts, the extremely infectious delta form of the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on southern states, resulting in a 4.6 million case increase nationally since late June.
The Delta Variant Is Wreaking Havoc On The Southeastern United States.
Since the variation started spreading, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, and Arkansas have had the greatest rates of new cases relative to their population. Since June, at least 3% of the population in each of the four states has tested positive for COVID-19, increasing fatalities and hospitalizations.
As of Aug. 31, Louisiana had the greatest number of new cases per capita of any state, with a seven-day average case count of nearly 2,100. The first dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination has been administered to less than half of the state’s population. The South has seven of the ten states with the highest seven-day average number of cases.
Despite accounting for just 7% of the population of the United States, Florida now has nearly 18% of all new COVID-19 cases in the nation. As of Aug. 31, the state had the highest seven-day average number of new cases in the nation, with almost 17,000 new cases.
According to USAFacts statistics, Mississippi’s average daily instances are slightly over 2,800, while Arkansas’ is just over 2,000.
According to Eric Topol, the Scripps Research Translational Institute’s founder and director, the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Delta is currently the prevalent variation in the United States, accounting for more than half of new infections.
The Delta variation is 60% more transmissible than the Alpha variant originally discovered in the United Kingdom and was only 50% more transmissible than the ancestral Wuhan strain. It’s a super spreader variety; that’s concerning,
According to Topol, Delta possesses characteristics that enable it to escape certain of the body’s immune system responses. “Plus, of anything we’ve seen thus far, it has the greatest transmissibility. It’s an awful combination.”
Delta is responsible for more than half of new COVID-19 instances in the United States, up from 26% the week ending June 19. Genetic studies of viral samples indicate Delta may account for more than 80% of cases in areas of the Midwest and the Mountain States, where vaccination rates are lower, said CDC director Rochelle Walensky during a news conference on Thursday.
Indeed, studies indicate that a full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination may still prevent severe disease from Delta infection. According to research published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine, both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccines would likely protect against Delta, albeit not as effectively as they did against earlier versions.
According to the second research, two doses of the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines would be 60 and 88 percent effective against symptomatic Delta illness, respectively. According to Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, there is direct and indirect evidence that Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccination is effective against the Delta strain.
According to the authors of another research published yesterday in the journal Nature, a single dose of either mRNA vaccine or prior natural infection hardly suppressed the Delta variant.
Pfizer and BioNTech revealed on Thursday that they had created an improved version of their COVID-19 vaccine that will target the Delta variant specifically. Clinical studies are expected to begin in August, according to the businesses.