The Omicron virus strain, which is more communicable but much less virulent, has been blamed for the most recent COVID-19 outbreak. However, counties with highest vaccination rates are seeing more COVID-19 cases than the least vaccinated ones.
According to statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, areas with the highest percentages of COVID-19 vaccination are presently reporting higher cases than counties with the lowest rates.
In the previous week, upwards of 75 cases per 100,000 individuals were reported in the 500 counties where 62 to 95 percent of population has already been immunized. Conversely, 58 instances per 100,000 people were reported in the 500 counties where 11 to 40% of the populace had been vaccinated.
The CDC hides estimates for counties with really small counts of confirmed cases (one to nine) for privacy reasons, therefore the data is biased. The average case rates were estimated by presuming that each of the counties with suppressed figures had five cases on average.
The counties with the lowest vaccination rates appeared to be much smaller, with populations of less than 20,000 people on average. The counties with the highest vaccination rates have an average population of over 330,000 people. However, counties with more people were not more likely to have higher case rates.
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Even when counties with identical populations were compared, those who reported the most vaccines had higher case rates than those who reported the least vaccinations.
The 10 most immunized counties had a case rate more than 27 percent higher than the 10 least vaccinated counties in counties with populations of 1 million or more. The 10 most vaccinated counties had a case rate nearly 19 percent higher than the 10 least vaccinated counties in counties with populations of 500,000 to 1 million people.
The 10 most vaccinated counties in counties with populations of 200,000 to 500,000 had case rates that were roughly 55 percent higher than the 10 least vaccinated counties.
For counties with populations of 100,000 to 200,000, the gap was much more than 200 percent.
Because so much data is withheld, comparing counties with lower populations becomes increasingly difficult.
Another issue is that COVID-19 infection testing is not universally available. In theory, a county may have a low case count because its citizens are tested less frequently.
In recent weeks, the large increase in illnesses that occurred during the winter appears to have subsided. According to CDC data, detected illnesses have dropped to less than 30,000 per day from a high of over 800,000 per day in mid-January. On April 1, the number of people now in hospitals reduced to around 11,000, down from nearly 150,000 in January.
The Omicron virus strain, which is more communicable but much less virulent, has been blamed for the most recent COVID-19 outbreak. The variant also appears to be more capable of bypassing any vaccine protection, while the CDC claims that vaccines still decrease the chance of serious disease.