Rising US coronavirus spread: ‘More pain and suffering’ ahead, says Fauci | Corona virus pandemic news | World Weekly
The rise in coronavirus cases in the United States amid a delta-variable spread has led to a renewed call for more Americans to get vaccinated.
The top US infectious disease expert has warned that the country will see more “pain and suffering in the future” as coronavirus infection rates rise, especially in parts of the country where large segments of the population remain unvaccinated.
In an interview with ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the “unvaccinated outbreak” has led to a significant increase in the seven-day average of new COVID-19 infections in the United States.
“It gets even worse if you look at the acceleration in the number of cases, the seven-day average has gone up exponentially,” Fauci said, explaining that about 100 million people eligible for COVID-19 vaccines were not. vaccination.
“We are not looking at closure, but we are looking at some pain and suffering in the future because we are seeing the number of cases rising,” he said, “which is why we keep talking over and over again, the solution to this is vaccination and that is not going to happen.”
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COVID-19 vaccines have been available across the United States for months, and 60.4% of adults are considered fully immune, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
However, many people have not been vaccinated for a variety of reasons, including ideological and political opinions — and for weeks health officials have been aggressively calling for people to get vaccinations as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in the United States increased from 30,887 on July 16 to 77,827 on July 30.
The seven-day rolling average of new daily deaths in the country rose over the same period from 253 on July 16 to 358 on July 30, although reports of deaths generally lag weeks after infection and even longer after hospitalization.
Amid the surge in infections, the CDC last week recommended that fully vaccinated Americans wear masks in indoor public spaces at COVID-19 hotspots. In very rare cases, vaccinated individuals can contract the virus and pass it on to others, the agency said.
“With the delta variant, vaccinating more Americans is now more urgent than ever,” Rochelle Wallinsky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters during a briefing July 27.
Several US states are seeing an increase in infections, including Florida, which has emerged as the new coronavirus epicenter in the country and reported its highest single-day total of new COVID-19 cases with 21,683 new infections on Saturday.
Florida now accounts for about a fifth of the new cases in the country.
Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has resisted mask mandates and vaccine requirements that, along with the state legislature, have limited local officials’ ability to enforce restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.
DeSantis on Friday banned school districts from requiring students to wear masks when classes resume next month — something the CDC recommended last week.
But the number of Americans being vaccinated is beginning to rise again after declining for weeks.
“The bright side of this is that people are waking up to this and this could be a turning point for those who have been hesitant,” Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.
Collins said vaccinations have risen 56 percent in the past two weeks. “That’s what we desperately need to happen if we’re going to put this Delta version back in place, because right now there’s a really big party going in the middle of the country,” she said.