I went to the CNN Health team, writing about it non -stop, and this is what I got along with. All of the following are from their reporting.
What is the “Delta variant”? Officially different is B.1.617.2, it was first seen in India in February and has now spread around the world. Some fear it could overwhelm health care systems and reverse the reopening of plans before vaccinations continue.
Probably behind a deadly wave of Covid this spring in India.
How does the Delta breed compare to other races? It’s more contagious, perhaps 60% more contagious than the Alpha breed, which is responsible for Michigan’s surge this spring.
What is the US government’s concern? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled the Delta variant a “variant of concern,” meaning that scientists consider it to be more contagious or to cause a more severe version of the disease. The WHO made a similar determination in May, as the Delta race tore India apart.
How much is the US Delta different? It accounted for 9.9% of U.S. cases as of June 5, according to the CDC. On Sunday it accounted for 10.3% of cases, according to the website outbreak.info, tracking variants. The Delta variant could be the dominant offense in the U.S. within a month.
Do vaccines work against the Delta race? Yes, but there is a catch. People who are fully vaccinated seem to have good protection against it. But people who only get one shot of a two -dose vaccine don’t.
How many Americans have been vaccinated? Almost 45% of Americans are completely vaccinated. It looks even more unlikely that the U.S. will meet President Joe Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70% of qualified Americans by July Fourth.
What used to be a divide has become a gap between states with high vaccination rates (Vermont has over 63% fully vaccinated) and those with low vaccination rates (Mississippi is less than 30). %).
There is a wild change within the states. California Bay Area counties have nearly or exceed 60% vaccination. Many Central Valley counties are under 40%.
Miami-Dade County in Florida is at 50% fully vaccinated. Many Panhandle counties in the northern part of the state are less than 30%.
We live a vaccination experiment. Vaccines will stop spreading. This report on Wednesday from CNN’s Health team is both the most obvious thing in the world and also deserves to be done to combat the vaccine controversy:
A CNN analysis found that states that were fully vaccinated more than half of their residents had a lower-than-average case risk of declining, while states that were vaccinated were less than half of their residents have a higher average case count. …
Among states that fully vaccinate more than half of their residents, the average case rate is about 24% lower, at about 20 cases per 100,000 people. But among states that vaccinate no less than 35% of their residents, the average is nearly 41 new cases per 100,000 people – about 1.6 times higher than the U.S. rate and more than double the average rate. in states that have fully vaccinated more than half of their residents.
Exceptions to the rule. Not all states follow this trend. The state of Washington has fully vaccinated more than half of its adult population, but still had one of the highest cases in the U.S. last week. Tennessee has one of the lowest cases even when nearly a third of residents are fully vaccinated.
But because of those reports, and the sensitive nature of vaccinating children, there is disagreement among FDA advisers on how quickly to authorize emergency use for the Covid vaccine in those under 12. year.
INSERT: An earlier version of this story was the misidentification of the debate among FDA advisers about allowing the use of the Covid emergency vaccine for children under 12 years of age.