The surge in Omicron COVID-19 continues to subside as about three-quarters of Americans are currently immune to the virus.
An analysis by the Associated Press (AP) shows that between the 80 million Americans who have been infected with this variant and the 92 million Americans who have been boosted against COVID-19, 73 percent of people in the US now have some immunity to the virus. Omicron variant.
The problems of finding more people to infect are reflected in the daily case count. In the past week, cases have dropped another 42 percent, and the U.S. now averages 128,989 new cases every day. America is now a month away from the surge, which peaked at about 800,000 cases a day in mid-January, and there is no indication that the number of cases will not continue to fall.
“We have changed… we have been exposed to this virus and we know how to deal with it,” Dr. Ali Mokdad, professor of medical sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, told the AP.
The decline in cases is leading many experts to believe that the Covid pandemic stage may be over and a “return to normal” may not be far off. The list of states lifting virus-related restrictions also continues to grow as pressure mounts on governors to put the pandemic behind them.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky (pictured) declined to say at a Covid briefing on Wednesday that her agency was still monitoring rates but not lifting mask recommendations. It says the agency is looking into it internally though
This week, new Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is pushing his state legislators to end the mandatory wearing of masks in schools from March 1. its platform last year.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, also a Republican in a state commonly considered blue, announced on Tuesday that any school with a student vaccination rate of 80 percent or higher will also be allowed to drop mask-wearing requirements. Masks will also likely be removed from all enclosed public places in the near future.
“While we remain optimistic about the trends we’re seeing in Vermont, we’re not ready to move on to a recommendation to completely remove masks, but I expect that recommendation to come at some point,” said Dan French, a spokesman for the state’s education department. secretary said.
Two states joined more than half a dozen others in deciding last week to either loosen or cancel their mask orders after Covid cases dropped almost everywhere in America.
Federal leaders, however, hesitated to follow suit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend universal mask-wearing in public schools and requires people to wear masks while traveling on planes and trains.
However, officials soon opened the door to lifting restrictions during a press briefing on Wednesday. White House Covid Response Coordinator Jeff Zients indicated that the federal government is already looking at life after Covid.
“As a result of all this progress and the tools that we all have, we are moving towards a time when Covid is not a crisis, but something that we can protect against and recover from,” Zients said.
“The President and our Covid team are actively planning for this future.”
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, did not say at the briefing that her agency plans to change the rules anytime soon, although there are reports that this is being considered and changes could come as early as next week.
“We want to give people a break from things like wearing masks when those rates improve, and then be able to turn to them again if things get worse,” Walensky explained.
“If and when we update our leadership, we will communicate it clearly. And it will be based on data and science.
One of the key metrics the CDC is tracking is the daily death toll from the virus, a figure that is finally starting to decline after a long lag in cases. In the US, an average of 2,213 people die every day from Covid, an eight percent decrease from the last week.
Covid cases are down in 49 of the 50 states, with Maine the only state seeing an increase. However, Pine Tree State continues to record very low infection rates. Over the past two weeks, the number of cases has halved in 45 states.
The state of Kentucky alone has more than 100 cases of Covid every day for every 100,000 residents. However, in the past two weeks, Bluegrass State has recorded a 45 percent drop, to 114 for every 100,000 people per day.
The number of states still reporting more than one daily Covid death per 100,000 residents has also dropped to six. Each state also has a vaccination rate of less than 60 percent.
Mississippi still leads the nation in Covid deaths, with 1.52 out of every 100,000 residents dying from the virus every day. Magnolia State also has one of the lowest vaccination rates in America, with only 51 percent of residents receiving the vaccine.
West Virginia (1.32 deaths per day per 100,000 inhabitants; vaccination rate 57 percent), Arkansas (1.24; 53), Oklahoma (1.23; 56), Idaho (1.1; 53), and South Carolina ( 1.08; 55) make up the rest of the countries. group.