The United States has witnessed a significant drop in the number of coronavirus cases, sparking a renewed hope for the country to be recovering from the wrath of the virus. Cases, deaths, and the number of hospitalizations plummeted this week, giving American citizens the chance to resume their pre-pandemic life.
Unmasked crowds made their way to the White House, a parade went through Alabama’s port of Mobile, and officials who were urging residents to stick to precautionary measures have relaxed state restrictions. However, health experts have issued warnings about the unvaccinated sect of the population, who can still catch the virus and hike up the number of coronavirus cases.
This week’s statistics hold immense significance as the numbers are the lowest since last June, as pointed out by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centre for Disease Control and Protection. The seven-day average fell below 30,000 this week – a number not seen since June 18, 2020. Moreover, the average number of deaths in the last week totaled 552.
Walensky in a news conference on Friday expressed her optimism regarding these new numbers: “As each week passes and as we continue to see progress, these data give me hope.” The vast majority of health officials have attributed this drop in coronavirus cases to the seamless vaccination rollout in the country. Almost half of the adults are fully vaccinated in the US. However, a recent drop in the demand for vaccines has also been noted. This fall has been taken forward by Biden’s administration, who is coaxing residents to get their shots as it will promise them a safe and happy return to their normal lives.
In fact, normal life has already started to resume in the US. On Saturday, Karen Stetz geared up to welcome people to the Grosse Pointe Art Fair on Michigan’s Lake St. Clair. The art fair was to take place outside, and with natural ventilation and fresh air, Stetz anticipated a large crowd. Shortly before the fair, she stated how people are now “eager” to get out. However, it’s still difficult to conclude the exact number of people who would be willing to venture outside, as a major chunk of the population would “wait until they’re comfortable,” said Stetz.
Despite life returning to its normal pace, many states in the US have an alarming number of coronavirus cases. In states like Alabama, the vaccination rate is 34%, one of the lowest in the country. Given these figures, the health officials have expressed concerns over the spread of new variants of the virus that are most likely not covered by the traditional vaccinations.
Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, a public health expert at Boston College has been alerted by the new variants of the virus, and thus, asked people to be “vigilant in the months ahead.” According to Landrigan, if the US wants to get rid of the virus for good, it will have to achieve a nationwide vaccination rate of 85%. Even though the country is still short of reaching that target, the drastic fall in the number of coronavirus cases has given Landrigan a sense of hope for the future.