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WKEF: Why the U.S. is seeing higher case numbers this week compared to July 2020

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Excerpt from WKEF

Daily COVID-19 cases across the U.S. are higher this week than in the last week of July 2020.

Amid rising cases, health officials warn this is the beginning of what the Delta Variant has to offer.

“Everybody doesn’t want to have to wear masks and everybody wants to have big concerts and big events,” Dr. Glen Solomon, professor and chair of Internal Medicine at Wright State University said. “It’s just really not safe at this time.”

The main difference between this year and last: the Delta Variant.

And while it may not be fatal, Dr. Soloman says young people add another barrier to immunity, since those under the age of 40 are more likely to have lingering symptoms after infection.

“Because we are slow on the uptake of vaccinations, we are continuing to have new variants,” he said. “These variants are not as well managed with our existing vaccines.”

Dr. Solomon adds vaccinations still prevent major infections and are important because viruses mutate to stay alive.

And if it can infect some and not others, it adapts, which is how we end up with variants.