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Lockdowns could slow Delta variant cases, but health experts consider it difficult option

Lockdowns could slow Delta variant cases, but health experts consider it difficult option

7/17/2021 9:20:00 AM

Lockdowns could slow Delta variant cases, but health experts consider it difficult option

America's 'boxed itself into a corner' because people aren't social distancing or wearing masks anymore and vaccinations are stagnant.

New COVID-19 cases raise questions about future lockdowns and while the method may be effective at saving lives, health experts aren't confident people will abide by the restrictions now that the country has reopened and people are vaccinated.As the Delta variant, a much more transmissible mutation of the virus, spreads throughout communities, states are seeing cases and hospitalizations rise. While spikes are predominantly found in areas with low vaccination rates, Los Angeles County, where nearly 70 percent of people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, has re-implemented its mask mandate because of a concerning number of new cases.

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Returning to the days of restricted socializing and limited in-person experiences could be an effective way to stop the Delta variant in its tracks. But, William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told

Newsweekif officials close down, it's likely to be"largely ignored.""Americans are interested in opening up as all of our travel and going to restaurants testifies," he said."Lockdowns are not going to be accepted very widely by populations here in the United States."

An estimated 160 million Americans have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and the protection against the virus has given people a sense of security. A June Axios/Ipsospollfound the number of Americans socially distancing fell below 50 percent, the first time since the pandemic began.

Vaccinated Americans are also more inclined to take off their masks than they were before they received the shot and the number of people visiting their friends and going out to eat continues to rise.The initial round of lockdowns drew ire from those who saw it as an encroachment on their personal freedoms and some business owners pushed back on restrictions they considered to be arbitrary decisions made by government officials. Americans were already growing weary of the possibility of additional restrictions in November and a Gallup poll found less than 50 percent would"very likely" stay home if public health officials recommended, a decline by about 17 points from spring 2020.

Health experts believe lockdowns would slow the spread of Delta variant cases, but they're not confident people in American would comply. In this photo taken on June 15 kitchen staff continue wearing facemasks while preparing breakfast at Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant in Los Angeles, on California's first day of fully reopening its economy after some fifteen months of Coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty ImagesAt the time the Gallup poll was taken, no one had received the vaccination and now that nearly 70 percent of Americans have been inoculated, Daniel Havlichek, former chief of the College of Human Medicine's Infectious Diseases Division at Michigan State University, said it'll be hard to convince people of the merits of a lockdown.

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"Now that you have data that says half a person's state has been fully vaccinated and even if a vaccinated person was to contract the Delta variant, they likely aren't going to die or even be in the hospital, they'll just be home for a few days, it's going to be a difficult sell," Havlichek explained.

The Delta variant has proven to hone in on those who are unprotected and in some places, unvaccinated individuals account for more than 90 percent of hospitalizations. Dr., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), called the Delta variant the"greatest threat" to defeating COVID-19 but officials have few options to convince people to get vaccinated and shots being administered plateaued in many places.

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