Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — Less than half of the US population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and with cases rising, experts are urging a return to precautionary measures reminiscent of days prior to the pandemic.
“What I would honestly say is: If you don’t get the vaccine now in the United States, you shouldn’t go to a bar, and you probably shouldn’t,” George Washington University professor of medicine and surgery and CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Rayner told CNN reporter Frederica Whitfield. You should eat in a restaurant. You are at risk of infection.”
With the highly contagious Delta strain now the dominant strain, the United States could see 200,000 new cases of the new coronavirus every day over the next six weeks, according to former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Tom Frieden.
The last time the country recorded more than 200,000 new cases in a single day was in January, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Doctors in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Missouri indicated that hospitals are filling up with “Covid-19” patients again, and the difference is now that the patients are younger than before.
Despite warnings from many officials and experts that the best way to protect against the virus comes from vaccines, only 49.1% of the US population has been vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Rayner stressed that if a large segment of people remained resistant to vaccination, the United States would have two options to control the spread of infection, which are closing businesses, something few people want to do, or returning to wearing masks.