Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday warned that the US is heading in the “wrong direction” as COVID-19 cases pushed by unvaccinated folks proceed to surge throughout the nation.
“I’m not so sure it would be the worst-case scenario, but it’s not going to be good. We’re going in the wrong direction,” Fauci said on CNN’s “State of Union” when requested a couple of mannequin predicting that the nation might attain 4,000 virus-related deaths a day if vaccination charges don’t enhance.
Fauci mentioned the nation has the “tools to blunt” the curve predicted in the mannequin, notably with vaccines, which have confirmed to be efficient towards extreme illness.
“We have 50 percent of the country not fully vaccinated. That’s a problem, particularly when you have a variant, like Delta, which has this extraordinary characteristic of being able to spread very efficiently and very easily from person to person,” he mentioned.
“… If we don’t vaccinate people, the model is going to predict that we’re going to be in trouble as we continue to get more and more cases,” he continued.
The seven-day common of latest COVID cases in the US was up 53 p.c over the earlier week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentioned Thursday.
Currently, round 99.5 p.c of COVID-19 deaths and 97 p.c of hospitalizations are amongst unvaccinated Americans, well being officers mentioned.
“This is an issue predominantly among the unvaccinated, which is the reason why we’re out there practically pleading with the unvaccinated people to go out and get vaccinated,” Fauci mentioned.