I really much hoped that this pandemic was in the rearview mirror. But that's not the case. COVID cases are up most everywhere around the country. The Delta variant is adding a new risk by spreading faster, easier and vaccination rates are down.

A resurgence is looking like a big possibility. According to a WCCO article, Dr Gregory Poland from Mayo Clinic, a leading expert in vaccines says “I think there is no question that we are going to see a surge,” he said. “In a crowded scenario, I am in a mask, indoors or outdoors.”

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There were 625 new cases in Minnesota announced Tuesday with one death. This is such a disappointment considering that maybe, just maybe we were putting this pandemic behind us.  It looked in the beginning of the vaccinations that we could reach that point where the virus could be beaten. But nope!

I've heard all the reasons for not getting vaccinated and, of course, some are completely legit.  Then there are the reasons that lean toward pretty lame. You know the ones. "My body, my choice", "The vaccine will alter my DNA", "The government is putting a microchip in the vaccine".  It's difficult to believe but there are even crazier conspiracy theories out there.

It's not mostly the elderly that are being infected with this Delta variant. Teens, people in their 20's, 30's and 40's are now being hospitalized and dying everyday. There is also an uptick in children being hospitalized with COVID..

Doctor Poland says “It’s a serious warning for us in Minnesota,” he said. “We are seeing the Delta variant really take over. Don’t be deceived that ‘I got this far and I am OK.’ This is a very different variant. It will find you,” he said. “This virus will find everybody who is not immune.”

With no vaccine approved, as of yet, for children 12 and under my biggest fear is for these kids heading back to school.  Sure, a lot of schools will have mask mandates but believe it or not, 8 states actually have outlawed mask mandates for schools.

Ninety-nine percent of hospitalizations are unvaccinated people. The vaccines available are very effective against COVID and can prevent hospitalizations and deaths.

I hear people say, "Well there is a 99.5% survival rate".  If you've ever been in the hospital for a lengthy stay, you know how crazy expensive it can be. So, you survive but you are saddled with more debt from your medical bills than you've ever experienced before.

Dr Poland surmised “This is a serious, current and present danger to you and your families’ health if you are not vaccinated,” he said.

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