To cite a well-liked Twitter meme, I don’t know who wants to listen to this, however vaccinations are confirmed to present safety towards COVID-19. And sure, additionally they assist shield towards the new delta variant.
Now, a razor-sharp information visualization from the Financial Times demonstrates just how a lot vaccines are making a distinction. It charts COVID’s spread over the previous three months, as the delta variant has come into prominence. It lists the 10 states with the highest vaccination charges, and the 10 states with the lowest vaccination charges. And it exhibits how each COVID infections and hospitalizations have grown in every of these states since July 1.
The story, in a nutshell, is that COVID is surging just as you’ve heard, more and more fueled by the horrifying delta variant. Each single state on the listing has extra infections now, in early August, than they did in July. Nonetheless, vaccination charges have made a profound distinction. In states with excessive vaccination charges, the surge is just about nonexistent.
In Vermont, the place 78% of the inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated, infections are extremely uncommon. Out of 100,000 folks, solely a handful have contracted COVID. The quantity of folks hospitalized is just about null. And a really related story performs out throughout Maine, Maryland, and New Hampshire, the place vaccination charges method 70% (that magical quantity you might have heard about for herd immunity).
This success story is in stark distinction to states with the lowest vaccination charges, together with Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana (all of which have vaccination charges beneath 50%). In these states, tons of of folks per 100,000 residents are contracting COVID. As many as one in 5 of them find yourself in the hospital, in keeping with the graphs. A bit of excellent news is that these states are seeing an increase in vaccinations at the side of rising circumstances. As an illustration, vaccinations have doubled in Mississippi and quadrupled in Louisiana in latest weeks.
In the meantime in Florida (the place the vaccination charge is 59%), delta has been notably devastating. Circumstances surged at twice the charge they did final summer season. Its hospitals now maintain a complete of 12,408 COVID sufferers—the highest quantity since COVID started, interval. 1 / 4 of all new COVID hospitalizations in the U.S. are on this one state. The actions of Governor Ron DeSantis haven’t helped, both, as he’s continued to reject obligatory masking and different public well being measures.
Whereas new vaccinations take weeks to be efficient, public well being specialists nonetheless advise that they’re the greatest method to mitigate the delta surge. And in case you nonetheless don’t imagine it, just ask Vermont.