TAMPA, Florida – Things may seem more normal in the community, but the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, particularly in the Sunshine State. Florida leads the country in new daily COVID-19 cases and Bay Area hospitals say patients landing in bed tend to be younger and unvaccinated.
“We’re still averaging around 1,500 cases per day, and that has pretty much leveled off over the last week or so, which is the highest level in the country right now,” the professor emeritus said. Dr Thomas of the University of South Florida. Unnasch. “The people who have not been vaccinated are those who still get sick and are hospitalized and, in many cases, die from the infection. “
The trend comes as concerns grow about the Delta variant.
Medical experts say it is expected to become the dominant strain in the United States over the next few weeks.
“It’s at a level of contagiousness now that’s pretty similar to smallpox or whooping cough, which are really pretty infectious diseases that have come out,” Unnasch said.
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Since it is more contagious, officials fear that the Delta variant could cause a significant increase in new cases of COVID-19, spreading rapidly among people who have not received the vaccine.
As of Thursday, only 44% of Floridians were fully vaccinated. Florida is one of 34 states that have yet to immunize at least half of its population.
“I think the really important thing is to encourage people who haven’t been vaccinated to get vaccinated as quickly as possible, because this thing is pretty scary,” Unnasch said.
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