According to the Worldometer statistic, the number of coronavirus cases is decreasing, and the number of people getting vaccinated in the U.S is steadily rising. These numbers may sound promising, but remember, this is not the time for us to let our guard down and kickback. Check out what will happen in the upcoming months in today’s coronavirus news update.
In This Article:
- A Drop in Numbers
- The Need for Mask and Social Distancing
- Vaccination Rates
- More States Leaders Easing Restrictions
Coronavirus News Update: A Better Future Is Right Around the Corner
A Drop in Numbers
The number of cases of death and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has been dropping. According to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services, the number of patients in U.S hospitals is nearly half the number seen a month prior.
According to John Hopkins, 1502 COVID-19 deaths per day is the average number in the U.S. Still, thanks to the vaccination and people following the health restriction, this number has gone down by 22 percent from the previous week, and it’s the lowest since November 30.
The Need for Mask and Social Distancing
Public health experts stress the importance of these two key concepts to show that Americans still need to follow the social distancing and mask in public places policies. To begin with, case numbers are already as high as they were over the brutal summer. Second, evidence shows that the new, more dangerous, and more transmissible variants are about to wreak havoc.
At least one vaccination dosage has been given to 60 percent of people 65 and over. With the growing number of vaccinated people, it’s only a matter of months until we achieve herd immunity. This means we need to reach the point where people are well protected from the disease, and the virus can no longer spread.
About 60 percent of Americans from the age of 65 or older have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s a significant percentage since the risk of severe illness and death rises dramatically as an individual gets older.
According to the CDC, people aged 65 to 74 are 35 times more likely to be hospitalized and 1,110 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than those aged five to 17. Those aged 75 to 84 are 55 times more likely to be admitted to a hospital and 2,800 times more likely to die; the risk is much greater for those aged 85 and older.
Though the CDC noted that its travel recommendations haven’t changed as it suggests people should stay home and delay travel. However, it had recently released new guidelines allowing fully vaccinated people to visit other vaccinated people, but safety measures are still required.
More States Leaders Easing Restrictions
Despite experts’ concerns about the risks that still remain, various states announced intentions to lift Covid-19 restrictions last week. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared this week that, as of Friday, all capacity limits on restaurants and a number of other businesses, including department outlets, fitness centers, hair and nail salons, and indoor entertainment centers including casinos and bowling alleys, will be removed.
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has declared that starting from March 16, he would remove the nationwide mask requirement, allowing bars, pubs, theaters, and gyms to restore regular operations. Other state governors, including Texas’ Greg Abbott and Mississippi’s Tate Reeves, declared earlier this month that the mask mandate would be lifted.
Even when states move to eliminate public health restrictions, it’s essential for you to stay safe and keep wearing masks or face cover in public places, health officials, including CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky and Dr. Fauci urged.
What do you think about upcoming changes that will happen as these states continue to lift their public health restriction? Please share with us your COVID-19 experience and opinion in the comment section below.