The COVID-19 delta variant has continued to surge and it has placed California counties back into the purple tier in the state's now-expired blueprint for reopening.
Currently, the delta variant is the dominant strain in the U.S., which is making up 83% of the nation's current cases. This is a huge jump from what the number was in the early weeks of July, it's gone up over 30%.
Nearly half of all new COVID-19 cases are of the delta variant in California and because of this, California counties have reinstated the mask mandate and are now forcing fully vaccinated individuals to wear masks indoors.
Health officials across the nation are urging individuals to get vaccinated, despite massive side effects.
A study out of New York University, has even suggested the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine isn't even effective against variants.
"Researchers analyzed blood samples from people who received one of the three vaccines and found the J&J shot was not as effective against the delta and lambda variants."-NBC.
The LA Times says:
"COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations still remain significantly below the levels seen during previous surges, though, and there’s hope that the region’s relatively robust vaccine coverage means this latest spike won’t present the same challenges to the healthcare system."
“Because of the more infectious Delta variant and the intermingling of unmasked individuals where vaccination status is unknown, unfortunately, we are seeing a surge in cases in L.A. County that looks somewhat similar to last summer,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “An important difference this summer is that, with millions of people vaccinated, we are hopeful we will avoid similar increases in deaths.”- LA Times.
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