The deadly Covid-19 delta variant seems to have lost its effect in the United States as the country has seen a 50 percent decrease in the new Covid cases since September 1. Moreover, the country also views a noticeable decline in the death and hospitalization rate.
Since the delta variant is running out of untrained immune systems to combat it, the Delta wave may have been the last deadliest wave the country is seeing – experts say in view of the decreasing Covid cases.
But what seems like an end of a storm may only be an interval. If the current variant receded in some areas, it rose in others. Moreover, with only 50 percent of the world’s total population vaccinated, the threats for the emerging new variant are still there and will be there always.
Even though it seems like the world has reached the end of the delta variant wave, and vaccinations and immunity boosters will certainly control the future spike in the cases, they do not completely ward off the threat of the emergence of new variants.
Meanwhile, the surge in Covid cases in the United Kingdom and Vermont is a harsh reminder that the virus is still potent.
With time, American’s have been developing immunity against Covid-19. Around 80 percent of the adults in the country have received the first dose of the vaccine, while the rest continue to add to this percentage due to vaccine mandates for dine-in and other indoor activities. As for kids aged between 5 to 11, an authorization will be received soon. The remaining one-third of the population has developed natural immunity against the virus post getting infected.
However, this immunity is not enough, especially for a country still suffering from delta variant cases including 70 million Americans who are eligible for the vaccine but have not gotten it yet.
Michael Osterholm, the director of the Infectious Disease Research dept at the University of Minnesota, said, “There are still a lot of people out there who are susceptible to this virus, and you can’t run the game clock out on this one. It will find you,”
He further noted, “when it comes to pandemic waves, why it starts is unclear or why it ends. What we can say is vaccination rates play a role in how big the peak is.”