New cases of the COVID-19 virus have turned to rates not seen in more than 11 months. Hospitalizations and deaths have steadily declined over the past week. With the new COVID vaccines being implemented to ages now 12 and over, it has been proven to be affective against the virus. “As each week passes and as we continue to see progress, these data give me hope” Walensky said Friday at a new conference. With the COVID cases dropping as we know it, it may mean that we could return to our regular lifestyle in the next year or so. “The seven day average for new cases dropped below 30,000 per day this week.” The average deaths over the past week have also decreased to 552, a rate not seen since last June. More than 60 percent of the age over 18 have received at least one dose, and almost half are fully vaccinated. Many states have largely dropped orders to wear masks and stay distanced from other people. “However, places like California are prepared to move the restrictions on social distancing and business capacity next month.” With three of the vaccines available in the U.S, Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J having more than a 80 percent efficacy rate, it is safe to assume with all the people getting vaccinated will be safe from the virus. However, “A new COVID virus variant has been classified as a variant of concern, meaning there there is some evidence that it spreads more easily between people, causes more severe disease, or might be less responsive to treatments and vaccines” The big drop in cases nationwide are considered the best news so far, people should still consider remaining mostly indoors for local flare-up of new cases.
So, is it time for the world to go back to its original state before the global pandemic, or stay the way it is for a few more months? “I feel like most people are ready to go out, ” Steiz said by phone shortly before opening the fair. “It seems like people are eager, but it’s hard to know still.” I’m sure there’s a percentage of people that are going to wait until they are comfortable.” With people still not sure of the current state of the pandemic, its better to stay the way it is for a few months.