COVID creeping up again here , especially in the NC …
Same in MA. Yesterday was a two month high with 366 new cases. Today it spiked to 457. Here we go again...
What's going to be interesting, with vaccination levels a lot higher than they were this time last year, is whether the hospitalizations increase at the same rate as well. Because vaccination doesn't prevent infection, but it (is supposed to) prevent serious illness requiring hospitalization.
It will also be interesting to see if the infection rate varies significantly across regions/counties in MA depending on vaccination levels.
What I've heard from the news over here is that most of the deaths in the States are from people who have not been vaccinated. Which is sad, but not surprising.
Given that I'm sitting smack dab in the world's largest controlled petri dish for Covid at the moment, I can tell you that the hospitalisation rates (and the Delta variant is something like 99% of cases here right now) are much
lower. Currently we are sitting at ~44k cases and have approximately 10% that number currently in the hospital.
The real danger, and this applies to both countries, is that having many many many more cases, dropping restrictions, and a good-but-not-great vaccination status (we're at about 55% with 2 shots here) is the perfect situation for more variants, particularly ones that are vaccine resistant, to arise. I know New England's vaccination rates, in particular, have been quite good, but of course that doesn't account for tourism.
Life is more or less Groundhog Day, only instead of Bill Murray and his quest for love it's just an endless loop of Chief Brody and The Mayor talking about closing the beaches before the 4th of July weekend.