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[COMMENTARY/WATCH] COVID Cases Still Rising As Vaccination Numbers Drop Off

[COMMENTARY/WATCH] COVID Cases Still Rising As Vaccination Numbers Drop Off

Even as Americans received the encouraging news that the youngest amongst us will finally be able to get vaccinated by mid-winter, the news that the Delta variant is causing an even bigger rise in cases than originally anticipated is putting a damper on any of that joy.

It didn’t have to be this way. Back in May, Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding warned that it was too soon to end any public mask-wearing mandates, saying variants of the Coronavirus would be spread more easily due to unvaccinated Americans.

COVID-19 Coronavirus molecule, March 24, 2020. (Photo by CDC/API/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Sharing his information once again on Twitter in a thread on Wednesday, Dr. Feigl-Ding outlined just how the Delta variant is impacting communities where mask mandates were either lifted too soon or eschewed entirely.

The new outbreaks are already causing some cities to return to their mandatory mask rules. Events that were planned in the wake of new vaccinations are now postponed due to new COVID-19 cases. Los Angeles and New York seem particularly impacted.

Rock band Foo Fighters, who had performed the first concert at Madison Square Garden in fifteen months on Father’s Day, were forced to postpone an upcoming show at The Forum in Los Angeles, and the New York Yankees have had to reschedule a game against their rivals the Boston Red Sox due to COVID-19 “issues” within both organizations.

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Dr. Feigl-Ding predicts a return to lockdowns if the number of vaccinations doesn’t outpace the new rise in cases. He recommends maintaining all early COVID-19 protocols, especially the elderly and medically at-risk, who should continue avoiding indoor gatherings, even if vaccinated.

CBS News also covered the rise in new cases as vaccinations numbers drop off. Watch their report, below.

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