With the Delta variant surging the NC DHHS is urging everyone to get vaccinated. New data they released pertaining to this past week, says that unvaccinated people were also 4.4 times, or 440%, more likely to catch COVID-19 than vaccinated people. They are also 15x more likely to die from the virus.

Mandy K. Cohen, M.D., Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, said

“The vast majority of people dying with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. If you are not vaccinated please don’t wait until it is too late. The authorized and approved vaccines have been through rigorous clinical trials and met scientific standards. Millions of North Carolinians have been safely vaccinated.”

On August 26th North Carolina hit a pandemic high with 912 adults in the ICU with COVID-19 and 574 on ventilators. There were 29 deaths of unvaccinated individuals younger than 65 compared to one vaccinated during the past 4 weeks.

I fully support people’s right to make their own decisions about what they want to do, but this information is interesting to know and weigh your individual risk tolerance.