In the first week of August, the state recorded an additional 5,600 deaths. However, this number is more than 50% higher than normal, as mortality usually declines during the summer.
Dr. Stephen J. Nelson, a medical inspector in Pork County, said: “They are usually young people who have been ill for some time.”
But the picture of who is dying is complicated.
About 82% of people over the age of 65 in the state are fully vaccinated, a national average. Jason L. Salemi, an epidemiologist at the University of South Florida, said that still a relatively large number of older people (about 819,000) remain unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated. rice field. He added that if unvaccinated people take less frequent other precautions, they will go directly into the viral pathway.
“Delta variants are good at finding vulnerable populations,” he said.
The situation in nursing homes, where the infection can spread rapidly, is also a problem. According to the CDC, overall vaccination rates for older Floridians are good, but the proportion of fully vaccinated nursing home residents (73.1% on average for each household) is lower than in all states except Nevada. It has become. Home staff were fully vaccinated as of August 15th, the lowest vaccination in any state except Louisiana.
Dr. Peter Chin Hong, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, said older people are more likely to suffer from immunodeficiency and comorbidities and are more susceptible to breakthrough infections and hospitalizations. Also, some, but not all, data suggest that vaccinated older adults have reduced immunity to infection. The Biden administration has shown that those people will be in the first row of booster shots.
Second, there are young people who make up the majority of Florida virus deaths. Prior to June 25, people under the age of 65 accounted for 22 percent of deaths. Since then, that percentage has risen to 28 percent.