U.S. infectious disease experts predict that the new coronavirus strain Delta is highly infectious and is just one month away from a major outbreak across the United States; President Biden has warned that this variant of the virus will cause more American deaths.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that the Delta variant currently accounts for at least 20 percent of new cases diagnosed across the United States and is expected to become the most prevalent strain of the virus in the coming weeks. The Associated Press reported that Eric Liang Feigl-Ding, an infectious disease scholar and senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, believes that the nation must take precautions within one month, and that if the CDC does not do something soon before a major Delta outbreak, we may have less than a month left.
The Delta variant is now the biggest threat to the United States, said Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief epidemiologist. But the good news is that our vaccine is protective and, when used well, can stop the spread of the outbreak.
Data show that Delta infection rates are high in the Rocky Mountains and central states. But only about 178 million adults in the United States have received more than one dose of the vaccine, or 68.9 percent of the population over the age of 18, falling short of President Biden’s goal of 70 percent. At the current rate, it is estimated that the United States may not achieve this goal until late July.
Delta virus is more infectious than other strains of the virus, but also because of two mutations called “double variant”, so last week the CDC in the classification, it will be upgraded to “high concern variant strain” (variant of concern). However, the CDC has not yet updated its outbreak guidelines.
According to the CNBC television network, President Joe Biden warned at a community center in North Carolina that more than 600,000 Americans have died, and Delta will kill many more. Americans who have not yet been vaccinated are especially at risk.