Average daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline in in the United States, an indicator that the grip of the omicron variant is weakening across the country.
The number total of confirmed cases reported on Saturday was just over 100,000, a sharp drop from around 800,850 five weeks ago on Jan. 16, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
In New York, the number of cases went down by more more than 50 % over the last two weeks.
“I think what influences the decline, of course is that omicron starts to run out of people infect,” said Dr. Thomas Russo, professor and head of infectious diseases at the University of Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and biomedical sciences.
Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are down of national seven-day average of 146,534 on January 20 at 80,185 the week ending on February 13, according to the Centers for COVID-19 Data Tracker for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Public health experts say they hope more declines are coming and the country is moving from being in a pandemic to an “endemic” which is more consistent and predictable. However, many have expressed concern that the rise in vaccines in the United States has always been below expectations, concerns exacerbated by the lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions.
Dr William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine said on Sunday that the slowdown in the number of cases and hospitalizations is encouraging. He agreed that he probably has a lot to do with herd immunity.
“There are two sides to the omicron coin,” he said. “The bad the thing is that it can extend to a lot of people and make them slightly ill. the good the thing is that it can extend to a lot of people and make them slightly sick, because in in doing so, he created many of natural immunity,” he explained.
However, Schaffner said it was far too early to “raise the banner of mission done.” As public health expert, he said he would be more comfortable if the decline supports itself for another month or two.
“If I have a concern, it’s that taking off interventions, restrictions, may occur with a little more enthusiasm and speed this to me met comfortable,” he said. “My own little adage is it’s better to wear the mask for a month too long, than to take the mask off a month too soon and all of suddenly another push,” he warned.
Officials in many states are cutting back on restrictions, saying they are moving far from treating the coronavirus pandemic as a public health crisis and instead will pass policy concentrated on prevention.
On a Friday news conference, Governor of Utah, Spencer Cox announced that the state would be in transition to what he called a “steady state” model departure in April in where Utah will close the sites of test mass, reports number of COVID-19 cases on a more infrequent and advise residents to make personal choices to manage risk of contract the virus.
“Now let me be clear this is not the end of COVID-19, but it’s the end – or rather the beginning – of treat COVID-19 like we do other seasonal respiratory viruses,” the Republican said.
Also on On Friday, Boston lifted the city, that’s the proof of vaccine policywhich required bosses and personnel of interior spaces for show evidence of vaccination.
“This news highlights the progress we have made in our fight against COVID-19 through vaccines and boosters,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said. via Twitter.
Dr. Amy Gordon Bono, a primary care physician in Nashville, said now is not the time to cut vaccination efforts, but to double down on their. In spring of 2021 when vaccines became more easily available, the United States was “eager to declare independence from COVID-19,” she said. Then came the delta and omicron surges.
bono, who attended Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans, US said should approach the coronavirus like hurricane season.
“You have to learn to live with COVID-19 and you have to learn from it,” she insisted.
A challenge does every region has a unique landscape, she said. In the southern United States, for example, many restrictions have been lifted for a moment where never existed in the first place. Yet it is also a region with relatively low vaccination rates.
“We have suffered so much and if there is a way for help appease future to suffer is to have a more vaccinated community,” she says.
In Buffalo, Russo says he sees two possible future results. In one, the United States is having a fairly calm spring and summer while immunity is still strong. He said in this scenario, it is probable that immunity will decrease and there will be a bump of new case in the colder months during flu season, but hopefully not a big push.
In the second – the one regarding public health experts – a new the variant evolves and escapes immunity wall it was built up both omicron infections and vaccinations.
“If such a variant can evolve is the big question, right?” he said. “That is the concern that we will have to resolve. Omicron was the first version of that, and there’s this kind of adage that ‘well, over weather, virus evolve be less virulent,’ but that’s not really true. Virus evolve to be able to infect us“, he warned.