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Fortune interviewed Dr. Christina Ramirez, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of biostatistics, about whether the current Delta-driven wave in the United States may dissipate as fast as it emerged
On Friday (June 30), the U.S. government reported over 103,000 new COVID-19 infections, the first time in six months that the country has topped 100,000 infections in a single day and over 10 times the number of daily infections the U.S. was reporting just weeks ago.
The recent wave of infections is largely driven by the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 and concentrated mostly among unvaccinated individuals.
The steep rise in infections is prompting local authorities in hard-hit areas to institute new mask mandates and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to recommend that vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans alike wear masks in indoor areas in some parts of the country—just a month after the U.S. lifted most pandemic restriction measures earlier this summer.