In the Black community, 85% have expressed concern over the new variants and strains that could potentially be dangerous and deadly, according to the NAACP. With the Delta variant surging and many Americans mask- and vaccine-free, new cases of COVID-19 spiked to levels over the long Labor Day weekend that were 300% higher than those seen over the same weekend in 2020, according to a new tally from Johns Hopkins University.
That means packed hospitals and rising numbers of infected children as a new school year begins, according to CNN.
“The takeaway for everyone is get your shots and certainly wear a mask for that added layer of protection if you’re in public indoor spaces right now,” Dr. Megan Ranney, professor of emergency medicine and associate dean of public health at Brown University, in Providence, R.I., tells the news agency.
The surge in new cases could really hit a high point in about two weeks from now: Last year at this time, cases surged in 31 states, and the number of people testing positive for infection with coronavirus also spiked in 25 states, CNN says.
The US has now tallied more than 40 million Covid-19 cases across the pandemic, with more than 4 million of them reported in the last four weeks, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Last year, Americans didn’t have the highly transmissible Delta variant to contend with.
It’s part of the reason that CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky last week urged people to