As teachers, parents, and children begin looking ahead to the next school year, the CDC has advised that all unvaccinated persons wear masks indoors . According to Anthony Fauci, a touch over 99% of COVID deaths involve people who have not been vaccinated . Dr. William Schaffner, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has called unvaccinated people are “variant factories,” increasing the likelihood that new variants, like the highly-infectious Delta variant, will emerge. Johnson & Johnson has reported that its vaccine is effective against the Delta variant . That variant in particular is the cause of much of the virus’s current spread. In a move with terrifying echoes of March 2020, Hong Kong has banned all flights from the United Kingdom in order to stop the spread of the Delta COVID variant . The variant is already spreading rapidly around the world. More than 2/3 of COVID cases in Lisbon, Portugal are from the Delta variant, which is beginning to spread around the country . The World Health Organization has encouraged fully vaccinated people to keep practicing COVID precautions as the Delta variant spreads rapidly . In Springfield, MO, there has been a 225% increase in hospitalizations since June 1, in large part thanks to the new Delta variant . The Delta variant, a more infectious variant of COVID-19, is infecting a rising number of people in rural Kansas and Missouri . The spread of the variant likely stems from the regions […]