After months of low numbers for new infections, it looks as though coronavirus infections are on the rise once again, reversing the progress we made toward the end of the pandemic. But with vaccination numbers increasing, shouldn’t infection cases be at least stable, if not decreasing? Experts say that there are several reasons why coronavirus cases are on the rise again—and it proves the efficacy of the vaccines. Here is more on why that is true.
Are the Vaccines Effective?
With new cases of coronavirus on the rise yet again, you could be forgiven for wondering if the vaccines are effective. The answer is yes. Because of the way the vaccine rollout was conducted, the majority of people who are now fully vaccinated fall into high-risk categories, which includes people with high-risk conditions and individuals over age 60.
Around 73 percent of individuals over the age of 65 have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and almost half are fully vaccinated at this point. What that means is that younger people and those in relatively good health are mostly still waiting for the opportunity to get vaccinated. The recent cases of coronavirus are primarily in individuals under age 60, a group that is among the least likely to have been vaccinated. This is a testament to the efficacy of the vaccines going out. Doctors note that people seeking care in hospitals for COVID-19 right now are primarily younger individuals who are not displaying severe symptoms.
Why Are Cases Rising?
So, with vaccinations on the rise around the nation, why are new cases on the rise again? A few factors are contributing to this phenomenon, but the most likely culprit is probably premature relaxation of restrictions such as building capacity limitations, social distancing measures, and mask mandates. As people begin to let down their guard and start traveling more and more, the risk of contracting the virus goes up yet again. Health experts caution that it is important to remain vigilant about personal hygiene, wear masks, and stay away from large crowds while waiting to be fully vaccinated. Full protection after vaccination can take several weeks, and you can contract the virus in between doses and before you are fully protected if you are not careful.
Stay vigilant about protecting yourself and your loved ones. Now is not the time to let down your guard about staying safe from coronavirus.