August 2. America’s top doctor on infectious diseases has said the country will not need to undergo another round of widespread lockdowns, despite the rise of the delta variant of COVID-19.
Speaking with ABC’s “This Week” on Aug. 1, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that the state of the pandemic will continue to deteriorate before it gets better, but believes the U.S. has vaccinated enough people to avoid a similar situation to last winter, when the spread of the virus was out of control and virtually all of the country was contending with some sort of lockdown measures, as reported by Reuters. According to Reuters, cases of the delta variant have roughly doubled in the last 10 days, and it’s primarily infected those who have yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19, though there has been a comparatively small number of “breakthrough cases” among vaccinated people.
The rapid spread of the variant may end up being a setback for our still-recovering economy, potentially leading to a slowdown in the job market that’s begun to pick up in recent months. However, the increasing prevalence of the variant has also led to an uptick in the rate of vaccination throughout the U.S. after it lagged for weeks following the peak rates we saw in the spring.
Source: The Points Guy