In the aftermath of the recent Covid-19 outbreak, there has been a disproportionately high number of hospitalizations related to the spread of the Delta variant, and experts anticipate that as long as large segments of the population remain unvaccinated, the numbers will continue to grow. Health officials are worried because the recent surge in Covid-19 infections has been due to the spread of the Delta variant.
According to Dr. Peter Hotez, the unvaccinated in the South may be facing a situation they are not prepared for. Several Southern states have vaccination rates that are lower than other parts of the country. Officials have been doing everything they can to encourage people to have themselves and their children vaccinated. Health officials in Florida say cases of Covid-19 have increased by 50% over the last week. In the last two weeks, Georgia has had more than three times as many cases as it did just fourteen days earlier. With the Delta variant spreading, hospitalizations in Mississippi are accumulating to levels of concern.
The Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus is more transmissible than earlier variants of the virus. The state Department of Health suggested that residents should be vaccinated due to this fact. The projections of health officials show that the rate of new Covid cases will continue to climb, and that those who are unvaccinated or miss their second dose of vaccine are at greatest risk.
Due to recent data showing that the Delta variant can spread just as easily as the other strains, officials are calling on every American citizen, regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated, to take precautions against potential exposure. While it is true that the virus is more commonly transmitted between humans indoors, there have been examples of outdoor transmission when people stayed in close proximity for a long period of time.