Fallen in daily COVID Cases and hospitalizations are good news for the United States, though health experts warn against exercising caution.
“No one knows for sure,” said Dr. Jay Schnitzer, chief physician at MITER, a nonprofit organization that conducts federally funded research, on Yahoo Finance Live (video above). “But I am also cautiously optimistic that we are nearing the end of the pandemic phase and hopefully entering the endemic phase. The numbers are definitely dropping dramatically, especially with Omicron over the last few weeks, and it will hopefully continue to do so. “
A disease outbreak is defined as endemic when it is “consistently present but limited to a particular region [which] makes the disease spread and rates predictable, “according to Columbia University’s School of Public Health.
In other words, Schnitzer tentatively expressed hope that coronavirus could soon become manageable enough to no longer cause major disruptions in everyday life, like influenza virus, but he also noted what can happen if restrictions are lifted prematurely.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently listed that although he did not think it was possible to eradicate coronavirus, he hoped that COVID restrictions “will soon be a thing of the past”, as enough people are vaccinated and has antibodies.
‘This virus teaches us humility’
Over the past 14 days, COVID-19 cases have dropped by 66%, while the hospitalization rate has dropped by 40%, according to data from the New York Times.
This have searched many heads of government lift restrictions such as mask mandates from indoor businesses and schools, even though an overwhelming majority of states still have intensive care units with a capacity of 70% or higher.
“My word of warning … is that this virus is teaching us humility every single time in the events of the last two years,” Schnitzer said. “And we have to be a little humble about our projections again today. It can mutate or create a new variant that can create problems for us in the not too distant future. We just do not know.”
Denmark, a beacon of optimism through large parts of the pandemic, the vow all its COVID restrictions in early February and is now experiencing a major one increase in cases, hospitalizations and even deaths. According to Schnitzer, it is a cautionary tale of what happens when leaders act prematurely and lift restrictions prematurely.
“The problem that was for Denmark and still is for the United States is that even though we have come down a lot on new cases per day and hospitalizations, we are not quite down in a trough where we should be and would like to be, Said Schnitzer. “And if we relax these restrictions too soon here in the United States, we will see exactly what is happening in Denmark.”
His advice is that even though local politicians have removed mask mandates, people should still be careful on an individual level through behaviors like social distancing, avoiding crowds and practicing good hygiene.
Plus, Schnitzer added, “if you’re going to an area that’s crowded and indoors and you do not know the vaccination status around you and you can not maintain social distance even though there are no mesh mandates in that place at the time it is wise to wear a mask. “