The vast majority of Americans who have died in recent months from COVID-19 have not been vaccinated, with most deaths in the US South, according to The New York Times.
The new and alarming increase in deaths during the summer means that the coronavirus epidemic is the deadliest in US history, the newspaper points out in its report, while citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes that out of 100,000 people who died of coronavirus in the United States from mid-June to the end of September, only 2,900 were vaccinated, or 2.9%.
According to the newspaper, the pandemic mainly “hits” the states of the American South, where the rate of vaccination coverage is lower compared to the Northern regions, which were hit hardest during the first waves.
As of June 16, the state of Mississippi, where the percentage of fully vaccinated does not exceed 45%, has recorded almost 80 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. In neighboring Louisiana, where vaccination coverage is about 46%, nearly 70 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants have been reported.
In contrast, states such as Massachusetts, New York and Maine, where the percentage of fully vaccinated people ranges from 65% to 69%, coronavirus deaths do not exceed 18 per 100,000.
Unvaccinated people are almost 11 times more likely to die if they become ill than fully vaccinated people, according to a CDC study published in September, taking into account the predominance of the Delta mutation. They are also five times more likely to be infected with the virus and more than ten times more likely to need hospitalization. The study, which runs from April to mid-July, used data from 10 states.
Victims and the younger ones
The newest wave, primarily due to the Delta mutation, is accompanied by a sharp rise in deaths in younger age groups, according to the NYT report. About 40% of the 100,000 people who have lost their lives since mid-June were under 65 years old.
A few days ago the deaths from COVID-19 in the USA exceeded 700,000. The deadliest pandemic in modern world history, the so-called “Spanish” flu (1918-19), had caused some 675,000 deaths in America.
At the height of the second wave, in the winter of 2020-21, when vaccine availability was very limited, 200,000 patients died in 70 days. In contrast, the last 100,000 deaths were recorded in 105 days, despite the spread of the highly contagious Delta mutation.