With concerns it may be the most important exaggeration, medical experts point to the importance of complete vaccination.
“I’m worried about those without vaccines,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told CNN on Tuesday, citing the Delta variety “that is growing rapidly here in the United States.”
The Delta variety “appears to be more significant than the Alpha variant or the UK variety, which is now dominant in the United States,” Murthy told CNN.
“The second reason about this is that there is some data that suggests that it can actually also be more dangerous, can cause more serious illness. That still needs to be understood more clearly, but these are the two that significant concerns and they explain it in part. … why it has become the dominant variety in the UK, where more than 90% of cases are different in the Delta, “said Murthy.
The good news is that the vaccines appear to be effective against the Delta variety.
A new study by Public Health England found that two doses of a coronavirus vaccine were “very effective against hospitalization” caused differently in Delta. The study found that the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine was 96% effective against hospitalization after two doses.
Murthy said there is not enough data to show the effectiveness of a single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine in relation to the Delta variety, but the vaccine has shown that it can help prevent hospitalizations and deaths if people are infected with other diseases.
“The key is to get vaccinated, take two doses,” Murthy said.
This is from the heel of the U.S. which has exceeded 600,000 deaths since the coronavirus disease began, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That means one in every 550 people in the U.S. dies from the virus.
The states continue to open up as well
So far, 14 states have reached Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70% of adults with at least one dose by July 4, according to CDC data published Tuesday.
New York is a state that has reached that point, pushing Governor Andrew Cuomo to remove all state-mandated Covid-19 bans.
Prohibitions were removed in all commercial and social settings, including requirements for social gatherings, capacity restrictions, social isolation, health checks, cleaning and disinfection protocols, and contact monitoring. Mask requirements will continue in pre-K settings, in public travel and in health care settings, Cuomo said.
Fireworks displays were put on at various locations across the state on Tuesday night to celebrate key workers and the removal of the bans.
“It’s an important day, and we deserve it because it’s been a long, long road,” Cuomo said. “We can now go back to the life we know it.”
California also lifted most of its bans on Covid-19 on Tuesday, ending capacity limits, physical distance and mask requirements for the vaccinated.
State businesses are already recovering.
While in Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan said his state will remove all Covid-19 bans and state the state of emergency by July 1, including mask requirements. Businesses can still implement their own requirements, according to Hogan.
Maryland has vaccinated 72.3% of its adult population with at least one dose to date, CDC data show.
Delaware is coming up, with 68.3% of adults receiving at least one dose, Governor John Carney said. He added that his state expects the Covid-19 emergency state on July 13.
“Vaccination. Ask your friends and family if they received their shot. Vaccines are much safer and more effective,” Carney said.
Take multiple shots in the arms
A month after Sandhills Pediatrics in Southern Pines, North Carolina, began offering the Covid -19 vaccine, the practice imposed 940 doses of the Pfizer vaccine – 268 left in patients, but adults overdosed on age 23.
Christof Diasio, an office pediatrician, said he offers the vaccine to most patients and their family members.
“I saw all the reaction from the arms crossed, which was to jump away from me; ‘There’s no way I’m going to get that,’ to ‘I meant to – I haven’t gotten it scheduled with work yet,’ “Diasio told CNN.
His office has been offering other routine vaccinations, such as the flu shot, to family members of patients for many years. He said the practice is common among pediatricians across the country and can provide protection to infants who are less likely to receive the vaccine themselves.
CNN’s Laura Ly, Kelsie Smith, Virginia Langmaid, Christina Bowllan, Alec Snyder, Deidre McPhillips and Lauren Mascarenhas contributed to this report.