fauci said Los Angeles radio station KNX News said earlier this week that while unvaccinated and people with underlying illnesses are at the highest risk of complications from covid-19, others are not exempt.
“If they’re not vaccinated or reinforced, they’re going to be in trouble,” he said.
called BA.5″worst version of virusaccounts for more than 85 percent of covid-19 cases more than 41 percent Proportion of US states experiencing a high covid-19 community level, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some health experts have expressed concern that enough people are not being vaccinated, especially as the nation moves away from restrictions and mandates such as masking to help control the spread of the disease.
In fact, the majority of the US population is not up to date on vaccines — defined by the CDC having completed the primary series and all recommended booster doses for that individual. CDC data demonstrations 67 percent of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated, but only 48 percent received the first booster vaccine. Only 32 percent of people 50 and older — who is eligible for a second supporter – if you have taken this extra dose.
Fauci said it’s important to vaccinate and empower as many people as possible so that the virus doesn’t have “abundant opportunity for free circulation.” Given this opportunity, the virus could continue to mutate, he said.
“It’s about you as an individual, but it’s also about social responsibility to contain this epidemic,” he told the radio station.
However, it is not uncommon for vaccinated people to become infected. Vaccinated and double-boosted President Biden, recently tested positive for the virus – and later had a rebound infection – despite experiencing “very mild symptoms”
Health experts, including Fauci, have repeatedly He pointed out that research shows that vaccines still protect against serious complications, including hospitalization and death. As of 27 July, more than 126,000 new cases were reported daily, with 6,340 hospitalizations and 364 deaths. According to CDC data.
“We currently have boosters that are very effective at reducing any aspect of the infection,” Fauci told KNX News. “A virus like BA.5, the most common circulating virus, is so contagious that it often breaks the protection of vaccines. But vaccines and boosters still do a very good job of preventing you from progressing to serious illness.”
Additionally, a booster designed to target the omicron variant It is likely to be released in the fall to expand immunity.
“You don’t want Covid to dominate people’s lives in this country or around the world, but you also don’t want to do things prudently, wishing it was behind us and in the rear view mirror,” said Fauci.
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