Where will COVID-19 variants show up?
- “We’re already starting to see places with low vaccination rates starting to have relatively big spikes from the delta variant. We’ve seen this in Arkansas, Missouri, Wyoming ... those are the places where we’re going to see more hospitalizations and deaths as well, unfortunately,” he said.
- “And any time you have large outbreaks, it does become a breeding ground for potentially more variants.”
Specifically, the South, Southwest and Midwest are seeing spikes in the novel coronavirus. Specific states where there has been a spike includes Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, according to CNN.
Why variants could grow in specific states
Some experts suggest that new COVID-19 variants will develop in areas where there are low vaccination rates, as I wrote for the Deseret News. Specifically, the coronavirus will continue to spread among unvaccinated people, which will then spread to the general population.
- “For those who are unvaccinated, they are increasingly at risk as more and more variants develop,” Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told CNN.