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How the unvaccinated threaten the economy

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Sure, it’s a personal decision. But choosing to forego the coronavirus vaccine could delay school reopenings, send some consumers back to lockdown and harm the overall economy.

The delta variant of the coronavirus now accounts for most infections in the United States, and it’s causing worrisome new outbreaks in areas with low vaccination rates. In Florida, which has a lower vaccination rate than the national average, caseloads nearly tripled from June to July. The sunshine state now has the largest caseload in the country. Other areas with worsening infection rates include southern states such as Georgia and Louisiana and mountain states such as Idaho and Wyoming.

Coronavirus death rates fell sharply for most of 2021, as vaccines made their way into arms. But the University of Washington now forecasts an increase in deaths through the end of summer and into the fall. This fatal backsliding, of course, is largely self-inflicted, since vaccines are…

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