July 22, 2021 2:16 PM | With information from .
15 minutes. The United States (USA) admitted living a “critical” moment of the coronavirus pandemic due to the spread of the delta variant, but the country’s health authorities insisted that although there may be infections among some vaccinated, serious cases and deaths only affect the non-inoculated.
In a press conference, the White House team responsible for fighting the pandemic stressed on the other hand that the guidelines on the use of the mask have not changed. This means that those who are fully vaccinated do not need to carry it, although they may choose to do so in areas with high infection rates and low vaccination rates.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky admitted that the US is once again experiencing a “critical moment” due to the virulence with which the delta variant is spreading.. It is a far more contagious strain, “one of the most infectious diseases” that he said he has seen in his 20-year career.
We must come together against a common enemy – the #DeltaVariant. It is one of the most infectious respiratory viruses I have seen in my 20-year career. Help protect each other, our future, & the health of our nation by getting vaccinated against # COVID19. https://t.co/8NGReF3yPC
– Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH (@CDCDirector) July 22, 2021
As he explained, the delta variant is responsible for 83% of new cases In U.S.A.
In the US, vaccination has seen a sharp slowdown in recent weeks. Infections have accelerated to the point of rising 53% in the last 7 days and hospital admissions for the disease have increased 32%.
Florida leads contagion
But the infections, above all, are occurring in areas with low vaccination rates.
The coordinator of the response against the coronavirus of the White House, Jeffrey Zients, explained that 3 states with low vaccination rates, Florida, Texas and Missouri, accumulate 40% of cases. One out of every 5 cases reported nationwide is in Florida.
Both Zients and the government’s top epidemiologist, Anthony Fauci, insisted that vaccines work and prevent serious disease to a very high degree. If there are cases of infections, they insisted, they are mild and asymptomatic, and the threat is above all on the unvaccinated.
According to data provided by Zients, 99.5% of deaths and 97% of hospitalizations were among unvaccinated people.
The White House coordinator appreciated, however, that in the last week the most affected states – Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana and Nevada – have seen a significant increase in vaccination in recent days, greater than the national average.
At this press conference, Rochelle Walensky denied on the other hand that there is a change in the policy on the use of masks, as several media outlets in the country had published this Thursday.
The CDC, he said, “has not changed its recommendations” and continues to believe that “those vaccinated are protected from serious disease” and therefore do not need the mask.
He said however understand that by “personal decision” vaccinated people decide to wear the mask in areas with many infections or with a low rate of inoculations.