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Hospitalizations caused by Covid-19 continue to increase in several regions of the United States, in foci attributed to the circulation of the more transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus, and to low vaccination rates in some regions, particularly in the South. states of the country. .

Health officials have described the current moment in the United States as an “unvaccinated pandemic.” According to recent data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than 0.01% of those vaccinated have had a coronavirus infection that resulted in hospitalization or death. Covid-19 vaccines have been available free for months to the population over 12 in the country.

On Saturday (7), the United States surpassed the average of 100,000 new daily cases, a record that had not been reached since late last year. Authorities across the country fear infections, hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19 will continue to rise if more Americans are not vaccinated, and have called on the population to get vaccinated. To date, about 50% of U.S. residents have received full doses of a coronavirus vaccine, and more than 70% of adults have received at least one dose.

Coronavirus deaths have increased at a slower rate than cases in the United States, in part because 80% of Americans aged 65 and over, who are most vulnerable to the disease, have already been fully immunized – a higher rate than vaccination in younger people.

The state of Louisiana is one of the leaders in new cases of the disease, while having one of the lowest vaccination rates in the United States. With 37% of the population fully vaccinated, Louisiana has around 2,400 hospitalized patients with Covid, of which more than 90% have not been vaccinated. Last week, 108 people died from the infection in the southern state.

The coronavirus is also worrying Florida, which has recorded its highest number of new cases on a daily basis since the start of the pandemic. Public hospitals are starting to feel the pressure, with more than 83% of beds occupied.

Covid-19 patients currently occupy around 19% of intensive care beds nationwide; in Florida, that occupancy is nearly 44%, according to NPR.

In Alabama, which has about 35% of the population fully immune, admissions have also increased – in the vast majority of cases, patients have not been vaccinated. State health officials said on Friday that more than 93% of intensive care beds were occupied.

Infections in vaccinees

Data recently released by the CDC demonstrates the effectiveness of vaccines in preventing severe cases and deaths from Covid-19.

According to the agency, as of August 2, there were 7,525 cases of Covid-19 among those vaccinated who had to be hospitalized; of these, 1,507 resulted in death. By that time, more than 164 million Americans had already been vaccinated against the disease.

Regarding the severity of the disease, less than 0.004% of fully vaccinated people had to be hospitalized due to the infection, and less than 0.001% of them died from Covid-19.

Most infections among those vaccinated have occurred in people 65 years of age or older (about 74%).

“Cases of infection among those vaccinated are expected. Covid-19 vaccines are effective and are a key tool in controlling the pandemic,” the CDC said. “However, no vaccine is 100% effective in preventing disease in people who have been vaccinated. There will be a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated who will become ill, be hospitalized or die from Covid-19,” the agency said. , who also reported that there is evidence that vaccination makes the disease less severe in the case of those who are infected even though they are vaccinated.