Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House senior medical advisor, said on Tuesday that the more transmissible Delta strain of Covid-19 currently accounts for 20% of new infections in the US. According to CDC data, this is up from 10% around two weeks ago.
Delta appears to be following the same path as Alpha, the more contagious type discovered first in the United Kingdom, according to him. Alpha crossed the Atlantic and has done the same in the United States after taking over as that country's most popular variation. Delta, which is regarded to be even more infectious, has now beaten Alpha in the United Kingdom and appears to be on its way to doing so in the United States.
The Delta variety, similar to the situation in the United Kingdom, is currently the greatest threat to our efforts to eradicate Covid-19 in the United States,” he stated. Vaccines, according to Fauci, are our best defense. Delta is estimated to be 88 percent effective with the Pfizer dosage. Given this, as well as the amount of elderly Americans who have been vaccinated, the new strain poses the greatest threat to youngsters.
While children were less susceptible to infection during the early stages of the epidemic, now that the majority of people in the United States above the age of 50 have been vaccinated, young individuals are more vulnerable than their elders. According to the CDC, 62% of Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 are fully immunized. Fully vaccinated people aged 65 to 74 make up 78 percent of the population. However, just 35% of 18-24-year-olds have had all of their vaccinations. The number is effectively 0% among children aged 0 to 11, for whom no vaccine has been approved.
Young people are driving the spike in the United Kingdom, according to Fauci. There was a five-fold higher percentage of positives among children 5-15 years old and young adults 18-24 than among seniors 65 and more, according to a study of 100,000 participants. While the greater immune systems of young people may have protected them earlier in the epidemic, they appear to be significantly less efficient against the highly infectious Delta form.
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