The Delta variant is driving an increase in hospitalizations nationwide with CDC data stating daily deaths have jumped 131% in just the last month.
According to data collected by the New York Times, the daily average of COVID related deaths on September 5th is at 1,560. This is up 55% in a 14-day change. Hospitalizations nationwide have gone up to levels we have not seen since January. On July 4 the average number of daily cases in the US was under 12,500. Just two months later the number is up more than 160,000, which is an increase of more than 1000% (The New York Times). ICU beds are running out in Georgia, Kentucky and Hawaii.
This school year alone 1,000 schools have closed in 35 states (Burbio). Dr. Anthony Fauci has come out with a statement saying “All the data that we are collecting right now does not give us any definitive information that the Delta variant is more severe in children.”
The Biden administration has plans to offer the Pfizer vaccine boosters starting September 20–if this is approved by the FDA. Moderna boosters may come soon after this.
ARTICLE: MAUREEN MCGAURAN
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