Are we finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel? Things seem to be improving. Hospitalizations in the U.S. due to Covid-19 fell below 110,000 for the first time since Dec. 13. The country reported fewer than 200,000 new coronavirus cases for the ninth day in a row. The Covid Tracking Project reported an average of about 100,000 people were hospitalized this week. The number of patients requiring treatment in intensive care units also fell slightly to 20,875.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said that a drop in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in most of the country cannot likely be attributed to vaccines. He emphasized that people should continue to be as cautious as possible. Fauci said on NBC’s “TODAY” show:
“I don’t think the dynamics of what we’re seeing now with the plateauing is significantly influenced, yet — it will be soon — but yet by the vaccine.“
The U.S. is now reporting under 3,000 deaths a day on average, down from more than 3,350 less than two weeks ago. New cases are averaging about 170,000 a day after peaking at almost 250,000 on Jan. 11.
Please maintain vigilance. Wear a mask. Practice social distancing. Stay home if you can. Be safe!