Many health experts are concerned about the next phase of COVID-19 with the decrease of the vaccination rate and the continuing increase of COVID-19 and Delta variant cases, especially for younger Americans.
Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham said, “We do know that in our ICUs, we are seeing younger people intubated who are very sick or who are on the floors and are very sick, and that should be a gigantic wake-up call.”
According to Marrazzo, Alabama still has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country and the state is at the “beginning of wildfire” when it comes to COVID-19 spread. Marrazzo hoped that other states with low vaccination rates can encourage more young people to get vaccinated.
CDC data published on Wednesday predicted that Covid-19-related deaths and hospitalizations will likely increase over the next four weeks. Nationally, 48% of the population is fully vaccinated, however, states like Alabama only have 33.9% and Arkansas with 35.5% and are struggling to slow down the spread of the virus with the low rates.
According to data from John Hopkins University, the U.S. is averaging 34,056 new COVID-19 cases each day, which is a 55% increase from last week, and some states are even worse.