The United States is "at another pivotal moment of this pandemic "because the increase in Covid-19 cases shows no signs of slowing down, driven by the Delta variant, and some hospitals are filling up, especially in areas with low vaccine rates.ination, government officials warned Thursday.
The US government has not changed its mask-wearing guidelines, despite the ongoing debates in the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to find out if those who have been vaccinated should again be formally advised to wear masks indoors to prevent the spread.
CDC director Rochelle Walensky said the Delta variant of the coronavirus " is now spreading with incredible efficiency "in the States - United and that, compared to the original coronavirus strain that broke out in the United States in early 2020, this variant is "more aggressive".
" It is one of the most infectious respiratory viruses known to us.ns and that I have seen in my 20 year career ", she said d during a White House briefing on Thursday, noting that the United States "is not out of the woods ".
Walensky warned: " We are at another pivotal moment in this pandemic, with a further increase in cases and some hospitals reaching capacity in some regions. "
The United States was far from the dire situation before vaccines became widely available, when repeated outbreaks of infections in 2020 brought the death toll in the United States from the pandemic above 600,000, the the highest in the world .
But officials are increasingly more worried because weCalf cases have continued to increase rapidly over the past two weeks and vaccination rates are stubbornly stuck just below Joe Biden's July 4th target of 70% of American adults who have had at least one shot.
The Delta variant now accounts for over 83% of new coronavirus cases in the United States. And Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the president, said there are some areas of the country where Delta accounts for more than 90% of new infections.
"And if you look at recent seven- or 14-day case averages, for example, cases have increased by about 195%. Hospitalizations are up 46%. And the 14-day average of deaths is up 42%… This is not the direction we want it to be ", Fauci told NPR News, adding: " We need to do a lot better. "
A smiling Biden unmasked in May hailed a "great day and said that "if you are fully vaccinated you don 't need to wear a mask anymore" or practice social distancing.
But the US president is now urging eligible Americans who haven't been vaccinated almost daily to get the shot, claiming Wednesday night it was " enormously important .
Thursday, when we asked Walensky if the dirOfficial masks had changed, she said no.
"Fully vaccinated people are protected from serious illness," he said. she said, but added that in areas where the number of cases is high, vaccination rates low, and where the Delta variant is increasing, "you should wear a mask if you are not vaccinated. If you are vaccinated, you get exceptional protection from the vaccine, but you have the personal choice of adding extra layers of protection if you wish. "