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Here’s Who’s Facing a Nightmare ‘Vaxx Summer’

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Last summer, the coronavirus pandemic exploded in the South even as it retreated from pandemic-battered northern states like New York.

This year, as vaccine hesitancy and refusal solidify in GOP strongholds, a confluence of new factors may place children, adolescents, and young adults living in southern states squarely in the pandemic crosshairs.

COVID-19 transmission in the U.S. is at its lowest since June 2020, and it’s easy to believe that this crisis could end soon. But there are some ominous signs.

Last year at this time, we also thought things looked good—until we saw a sharp increase in COVID-19 beginning around the July 4 holiday. We hit our lowest point on June 8 at 18,000 cases per day, but by July 1, 2020, that more than doubled to over 40,000 new cases per day. Ultimately, we peaked towards the end of July at over 70,000 new cases daily.

Overwhelmingly, the southern U.S. was the most affected, including states like Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Could a summer surge happen again in 2021? Unfortunately, these same southern states have vaccination rates at little more than one-half of some New England and Mid-Atlantic states. But particularly vulnerable are the young adult populations and adolescents and children in the South who appear to represent a large........

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