Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water….
I took a lot of grief from some commenters on my last Provocative Question post in which I asked if people were fully vaccinated. In that post I pointed out that…
COVID-19 cases are back on the rise in the U.S., with a disproportionate number new cases among unvaccinated people. Further, the rise of the delta variant of the virus is rapidly speeding transmission among those who haven’t been fully vaccinated, and that variant accounts for more than half of all new COVID-19 cases in the U.S.
Yet some took offense when I suggested that not getting vaccinated was selfish. But here we are. Just as health experts predicted, the combination of unvaccinated people and the more contagious delta strain of coronavirus has led to new COVID-19 surges. According to Johns Hopkins University, in 46 states, the rates of new cases this past week were at least 10% higher than the rates of new cases the previous week. And in 31 states, new cases this past week were at least 50% higher than new cases the previous week.
The vast majority of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the U.S. have one thing in common: They’re among unvaccinated people. Duh! More than 99% of all COVID-19 deaths in June were among unvaccinated people, according to the CDC.
But go ahead, folks. Stubbornly refuse to get vaccinated, don’t wear face masks, or maintain social distancing. Never mind that not getting vaccinated and not wearing face masks could result in keeping COVID around indefinitely. Maybe you don’t give a shit about your own health, but some of us want to stay healthy and alive.