Now that masks and social distancing are starting to disappear, we are exposing ourselves once again to the common illnesses. In fact, local hospitals are seeing a surge of new viral infections because our immune systems don't remember how to handle these viruses.
Pfizer's full course of the COVID-19 vaccine appears to provide excellent protection against the Delta variant. However, there is concern for those who are unvaccinated as the variant is easily transmissible.
The number of lives lost, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the population of Baltimore or Milwaukee. It is about equal to the number of Americans who died of cancer in 2019. Worldwide, the COVID-19 death toll stands at about 3.8 million.