The death toll peaked in mid-January
In the United States, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 per day has dropped to an average of 600 per day, which is the lowest level in 10 months. In most states, there are fewer than 10 or even zero on this day.
At the same time, the confirmed infection rate has dropped to about 38,000 per day, the lowest level since mid-September. Although still worrying, it has dropped by 85% from the peak of over one million cases per day at the beginning of January.
The last time such a low mortality rate was in early July about a year ago. In mid-January, the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States reached a peak, with an average of more than 3,400 people per day, which was only the first month of the largest vaccination campaign in the country’s history.
There were no new death reports in Kansas between Friday and Monday. In Massachusetts, the Boston Herald published a huge zero on the front page on Wednesday, with the headline “The state has not died of a new death from the coronavirus for the first time in nearly a year.”
Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease expert at Johns Hopkins University, said that although the country is still vaccinating its herd in its efforts to gain immunity, it is crucial important.
He said: “The main goal is to deny the ability of the virus to kill the virus at the speed it can achieve.” “We have effectively tamed this virus.”
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 45% of adults in the United States have received the full course of vaccination, and more than 58% have received at least one dose. This week, Pfizer’s vaccine was approved for children aged 12 to 15. This step could make it easier for schools to reopen.
Although doctors like Dr. Tom Dean in rural Gerald County, South Dakota, are cautiously optimistic, they are worried about people who choose not to be vaccinated or relax surveillance of infection protection measures. According to Johns Hopkins, the county has only recorded three confirmed cases in the past two weeks.
Dean said: “What worries me is those who think that things are over and there is no reason to worry anymore.” “I think complacency is our biggest threat right now.”