Public health experts are urging Americans not to lose sight of the fact that the overwhelming majority of the nation’s coronavirus cases are caused by the highly transmissible delta variant. Over the past six months delta has been responsible for some of the worst spikes of the entire pandemic.
Travelers have been left stuck abroad, desperately trying to get home amid a slew of cancelations, while others are scratching plans to see loved ones in other countries — for many the latest in a series of pandemic-induced travel frustrations.
Doctors say the vaccine is a must for transplant patients, who are immunosuppressed and at risk of severe covid-19. Yet a very small but vocal contingent of transplant patients and donors are fighting such requirements, arguing care should not hinge on vaccination status.
Coronavirus cases are on the rise nationally, with the seven-day average of cases jumping 18 percent from the week before. In Michigan, hospitals are nearing capacity, officials are urging people to mask indoors and state leaders asked the U.S. Department of Defense to provide emergency staffing to handle the surge.