The average number of new coronavirus cases reported nationwide has nearly doubled within the past 14 days. The Delta variant plays a significant factor in the surge of cases. Many of the people infected are those who are unvaccinated.

The delta variant was first detected last year in India. Since then, it has spread amongst the nation to dozens of other countries. According to the Washington Post, early research suggested that the delta variant is roughly 50 percent more contagious than the alpha variant.

New data from the CDC also shows that vaccinated people can transmit the delta variant to other people. However, the CDC only tracks cases that lead to severe hospitalizations and death, and in this case, most breakthrough cases are shown to be mild. The tracking is leading to a large amount of overlooked data. It’s no secret that things are going to take a turn for the worst.

“Remember, just a couple of months ago, we were having about 10,000 cases a day,” Dr. Fauci said. “I think you’re likely going to wind up somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 cases.” To give better insight, the COVID case average is currently higher than last summer before vaccines.

Furthermore, children are at greater risk for the delta variant because of how contagious it is. So, parents who have children ages two and up should ensure masks are worn indoors. Children ages 12 and up are eligible for vaccines and should be immunized for protection.

What can you do to protect yourself?

First, it is crucial to get vaccinated if you’re not already. Whether you’re vaccinated or not, you should continue to wear your mask indoor. General COVID-19 guidelines that have been rolled out throughout the last year should remain practiced.

Will the United States return to lockdown?

So, the question remains, will we be entering another lockdown? Well, it is very unlikely because the country’s vaccine supply is strong. Experts also claim to know more now about how Covid spreads.