The United States was one of the worst affected countries in the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. After it reached the peak, the holiday season saw a slight drop, but the death rate continued to remain high. But in recent times it has been noticed that there is a significant decrease in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations. Health experts while talking about the reduction in the number of cases said that it is not due to the rollout of the vaccine.
The significant reduction in the number of cases is due to the COVID-19 restrictions and measures that are religiously followed by the Americans. It is due to wearing of masks, social distancing and reduction in travel that have contributed towards the number of cases to go down. Dr. Rochelle Walensky the CDC director said that it is encouraging to see such trends coming down but added that if people get their children back to the school, it will depend on how much community spread is out there. Even Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said that it is due to the habit of people who are staying apart, wearing masks and not travelling.
Despite a huge decline in the cases, the country still has a long way to go. On an average, 3000 people per day are still losing their lives of the virus everyday. As per the current situation, more than 14 million Americans have been administered with both the doses of the vaccine but it does take a few weeks for it to become effective. The current figure represents just 4 percent of the population.
Moreover, new variants of the virus are also posing a threat. It continues to be risky while mingling with people outside and people need to continue to take precautions in order to be safe and bring down the numbers further.
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