The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds the mutated coronavirus strain referred to as the Delta variant as the “most infectious” respiratory-infecting virus ever found by global scientists and as such should be taken seriously if only to prevent an apocalypse of sorts.
In a press briefing Thursday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky hinted at how vicious the Delta variant is.
Citing new data, Dr. Walensky hinted at scientific findings which tend to show the Delta variant as highly contagious as compared to other COVID-19 strains or infectious diseases in the past even as she cited the mutated coronavirus form as wielding up to 1,000 times more virus in their nasal passages than those infected with the original strain.
Taking into consideration the density of the virus, the CDC director explained that it is for that reason that many people get infected.
“The delta variant is more aggressive and much more transmissible than previously circulating strains. It is one of the most infectious respiratory viruses we know of, and that I have seen in my 20-year career,” she told reporters during the briefing, in support of the Federal Government data showing the extent of its effects.
For data gathered covering July 3 up to this posting, the United States Health Department manifests widespread infection across the continent with infections accounting for more than 83% of sequenced cases in the U.S., translating to a 33% jump from the data of the previous month.
Translated into real numbers, the seven-day average of new cases, which is pegged at 53% from last week, has grown to 37,674 new cases per day, while hospital admissions due to infections increased to an alarming 32% from last week, representing around 3,500 daily admissions.
Relatedly, the death toll covering the same period is up by 19% or about 240 casualties per day.
“This virus has no incentive to let up, and it remains in search of the next vulnerable person to infect,” she lamented.
Interestingly, low vaccination rate in several states — including Texas — is partly attributed for the sharp spikes of confirmed COVID-19 infections. Moreover, counties, where vaccination rate is high, recorded manageable levels of contamination.
Aside from Texas, the states of Florida and Missouri accounted for 40% of fresh daily tallies of new confirmed infections nationwide, claims White House Covid czar Jeff Zients, adding that for two straight weeks, Florida alone accounted for 1 in 5 of the total new COVID-19 cases in the US.
Taking cue from government data, 97% of the individuals who were admitted for COVID-19 have not been vaccinated. Recent deaths related to COVID-19 also showed that 99.5% of all Covid casualties were also unvaccinated.
“We are at yet another pivotal moment in this pandemic, with cases rising again and some hospitals reaching their capacity in some areas, we need to come together as one nation,” Dr. Walensky quipped.