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The pandemic is far from over. But Americans can steer its course — and help prevent many more families from suffering inconsolable grief.
Good news (for now) on cases and hospitalizations:
Nationwide, the rates of new Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are declining.
The number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 has fallen for the 40th day in a row, according to the COVID Tracking Project. And daily deaths have declined 24% this past week compared to the previous week, according to Johns Hopkins University.
As numbers of new cases and hospitalizations go down, however, reports of highly contagious variants go up.
“I am worried about this variant — the B.1.1.7 variant (first found in the UK),” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
“If that takes over, the numbers are going to start to spiral up again. There’s no end to what the death toll will look like unless we can vaccinate ahead of it.”
Where the US stands on vaccinations:
More than 44.1 million Americans have received at least one dose of their two-dose vaccines, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some states are still grappling with vaccine delays after severe weather walloped much of the country last week. But the US will likely be caught up by the middle of this week, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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