There’s a dreadful sensation of déjà vu among Americans. Despite having a great tool to help stop the spread of coronavirus — three highly efficient vaccines — the country is again seeing an increase in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, mainly due to and affecting unvaccinated Americans. The country’s seven-day average of new cases was more than 49,300 on Friday, up more than 300 percent from a month ago. Covid-19 patients are younger than ever before, with many in their 20s and 30s, according to hospitals across the United States.
The great majority of people have never been vaccinated. On Monday, the University of Florida Health Jacksonville reported treating more Covid-19 patients than they did in January when they treated 125 people. The hazardous Delta variety, which is so contagious that one former health official predicted that those who are not protected would most likely contract it, is fueling the rising number of infections across the country.
Due to increased cases and hospitalizations, Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populated county, restored its indoor mask law earlier this month, and officials indicated it would remain in place until Covid-19 rates recover. In addition, fresh Orleans issued new mask advice on Wednesday, urging everyone to wear a mask indoors when they’re with people who aren’t in their family, regardless of vaccination status.