Los Angeles County officials want everyone, including those fully vaccinated against COVID-19, to continue wearing masks indoors while the Delta variant spreads. Public health officials said the Delta variant, first discovered in India, recently made up almost half of all variants found locally, according to CBS Los Angeles.
Health services urged people to wear masks in places like grocery stores, shops, movie theaters, and other indoor spaces where vaccination status is unknown.
“Until we better understand how and to whom the Delta variant spreads, everyone should focus on maximum protection with minimal disruption to the routine, as all companies operate without other constraints such as physical distance and capacity limits,” said the Los Angeles Department of Public health. in a statement on Monday.
Nearly 70% of Los Angeles County’s residents aged 16 and over have been vaccinated at least partially. Of the more than 400,000 coronavirus cases that have been reported in the county since December, almost all have occurred among unvaccinated people. The same applies to deaths caused by COVID.
“This is a pandemic among unvaccinated people,” said Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles director of public health.
The Delta variant covers 95% of all new cases in the UK and introduces new barriers in Asia and Australia. In the United States, it is in all 50 states.
Why is the Delta variant more dangerous? “It may be better to actually join a human cell and go inside,” says CBS News Senior Nurse Dr. Jon LaPook.
“I worry that the more likely you are to mutate this virus over time, the more likely it is that it will mutate into a form that could do more harm,” he said. “They fear that the immunity we have developed over time, either from previous infection with COVID or from vaccination, will decrease as the virus evolves.”