COVID Delta variant: US warns Americans not to travel to the UK as it raises risk level to “very high”

CDC guidance

The US has risen the risk of traveling to the UK to its highest level, “very high”, and warned Americans not to travel there due to the pervasiveness of Delta.

In an update made today, as the UK lifted most Covid restrictions despite soaring infection rates, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the following guidance to US travellers to the UK:

Avoid travel to the United Kingdom.
If you must travel to the United Kingdom, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.
Because of the current situation in the United Kingdom, even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants.
Travellers should follow recommendations or requirements in the United Kingdom, including wearing a mask and staying 6 feet apart from others.

Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated

Deaths per day could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine

Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are in people who weren’t vaccinated, a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day — now down to under 300 — could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine.

An Associated Press analysis of available government data from May shows that “breakthrough” infections in fully vaccinated people accounted for fewer than 1,200 of more than 853,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations. That’s about 0.1%. And only about 150 of the more than 18,000 COVID-19 deaths in May were in fully vaccinated people. That translates to about 0.8%, or five deaths per day on average.

The AP analyzed figures provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC itself has not estimated what percentage of hospitalizations and deaths are in fully vaccinated people, citing limitations in the data.