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United States marks progress against COVID-19


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United States marks progress against COVID-19

American deaths from COVID-19 are averaging 600 per day, a 10-month low. At the January peak, the United States was recording more than 3,400 deaths a day as the vaccine campaign got rolling. In more than half of states, the number of virus deaths has dropped into single digits or hit zero on some days. Confirmed infections are averaging 38,000 per day, the lowest since September. Almost 45 percent of American adults are fully vaccinated, and more than 58 percent have received at least one dose.

Does this mean we can relax precautions? Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb have suggested loosening mask rules in light of recent progress. Justin Lessler, epidemiology professor at John Hopkins, called India a “cautionary tale” and warned that vaccine hesitancy, new variants, and lifting of restrictions prematurely could potentially lead to another wave of infections. But a group of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention experts last week predicted further decline in new deaths and cases by the end of July.

Dig deeper: Read Dr. Charles Horton’s Q&A about returning to normal post-vaccines.


Charissa Koh

Charissa is a WORLD reporter who often writes about poverty fighting and prison reform, including profiling ministries in the annual Hope Awards for Effective Compassion competition. She is also a part of WORLD's investigative unit, the Caleb Team. Charissa resides with her husband, Josh, in Austin, Texas.

@CharissaKoh

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Salty1

More and more people are acknowledging that the coronavirus came out of the labs in Wuhan. Both Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Anthony Fauci have some serious questions to answer by allowing US funding to go to China for the gain in function research of the coronavirus. In addition, they both denied that the virus came out of the labs. Some Chinese virile researchers even claim this work was being supported by the Chinese military for biological warfare.

https://www.air.tv/watch?v=pWu4TsZ8STm3KP0SzzpakQ

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=06xSUuIkYqk

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UVPEJD5yXSY

https://zenodo.org/record/4073131#.YKmz-iU8KEc

Nanamiro

If half the country is vaccinated and potentially another...100,000?...have already gotten Covid (if you estimate how many got Covid but didn't get tested), looks like we are on the home stretch. I hope WORLD does an article on natural immunity. From what I'm reading, looks like it may be at least as effective as vaccines.