New COVID cases in US soar 700% week-over-week since July 1, CDC says

“There’s bad news and there’s less bad news,” is how Andrew Noymer, an [associate professor of population health and disease prevention] at the University of California, Irvine, put it. Because older people, who are at higher risk for severe disease and death, are now highly vaccinated, “100,000 cases today is less dire than 100,000 in December of 2020,” he said. That means cases are more concentrated in younger people, who are less likely to be vaccinated. Younger people are less likely to become severely ill, “but this isn’t a nothing burger,” Noymer said. Hospitalizations are still high.