Since the vaccination campaign started in the U.S and in Texas, only 49% of Texans got at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccines, and only 42.86% are fully vaccinated, according to statistics. The numbers are not great considering the fact that the Delta strain is highly contagious and the transmission rate is much higher compared with other SARS-CoV-2 variants.
The Delta strain is highly transmissible
Sources write that the variant that originated in India is 200 times more transmissible, and the viral load is 1.000 % higher than other variants. The news is not favourable, considering that in the past, scientists and health officials warned, in previous interviews, that this might become the dominant strain in the U.S and worldwide. The death surge in unvaccinated people, combined with the Delta variant, can produce massive local outbreaks and increase hospitalization rates until the hospital system collapses. There are several vaccines available, and people can get the shots by making a simple appointment.
The hospitalization rate goes up in Texas due to COVID-19 infections.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 3,319 hospitalizations in Texas yesterday due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. According to sources, the numbers keep growing and are double than what they used to be at the beginning of the month. Health providers mention that most of the hospitalized patients are not vaccinated, and the state has now reached 6.4% of its bed capacity.
The CDC mentions that the Delta strain is responsible for 83% of cases in the U.S, making this variant the most dangerous one yet. At the beginning of the month, the Delta strain was responsible for 50% of the cases. The updated COVID-19 variant map by the CDC shows that the Delta variant is also dominant in Region 6: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.