The White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing, progress seen in the COVID-19 battle
The White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing, progress seen in the COVID-19 battle

The White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing, progress seen in the COVID-19 battle

(CNN) – Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all down.

Although progress is being made in the fight against COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not yet shaken its mask guidelines.

“We are going in the right direction,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Adviser to the President and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

The United States has averaged just over 151,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, down 44% since last week.

Hospital admissions are also on the decline. Nearly 83,000 people are in hospital with COVID-19 as of Tuesday, a drop of 23% from last week.

Deaths due to COVID-19 are still high, around 2,300 a day, but it is still 10% less than last week.

“If we continue to go in this direction, we will begin to see a clearing of the mitigation that is going on, which is what we are all hoping for,” Fauci said.

So why not now? Health experts said it was all about perspective.

Look at the seven-day moving average of reported deaths. More people are dying now than at any time in the pandemic except last winter.

“As we are encouraged by current trends, we are not there yet,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many Americans are ready to drop the masks. The requirements for indoor masking have been eased around the country, even against the current CDC recommendations.

The agency said: “As always, the CDC regularly reviews our guidance to ensure that we deliver science-based recommendations that are most relevant to each moment of the pandemic. We will communicate all updates about our mask recommendations publicly if and / or when they change.”

That means there will likely be a lot of questions during the briefing of the White House COVID-19 Response Team on Wednesday morning.

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