The World Health Organization is warning people take precautions to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. They said social distancing, masks, handwashing are still effective tools but they’re not being practiced as aggressively as the virus is spreading. The WHO made it clear, vaccinations remain not only the best way to prevent more hospitalizations and deaths but also more dangerous mutant strains of the virus. The Delta strain is now the most dominant worldwide. The CDC changed its mask recommendations to also include vaccinated people, as they too can spread this more aggressive strain, even when they do not have symptoms. People with weak immune systems are at more risk of getting a breakthrough infection. The CDC said this variant has changed the war on the virus and found it to be as contagious as the chickenpox and more contagious than the flu.
Riverside County has seen a rise in COVID cases and they suspect the Delta variant is to blame. They are also urging people to get the vaccine and take precautions but have not issued any new mandates. They say they are seeing an uptick in vaccinations because people do not want to risk being infected with the more aggressive virus. They say the vast majority of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are among unvaccinated people.
The CDC says 99.5 percent COVID deaths are unvaccinated people.
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