US COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue to decline
US COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue to decline

US COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue to decline

February 22, 2022 – The average daily number of COVID-19 cases and admissions continues to decline in the United States, signaling that the Omicron variant is declining across the country.

The total number of confirmed cases dropped to less than 100,000 a day over the holiday weekend, according to latest data from Johns Hopkins University, marking a major drop from more than 800,000 daily cases in mid-January.

In New York, which has served as an early indicator of Omicron trends, the number of cases fell by more than 50% over the last 2 weeks.

“I think what obviously affects the fall is that Omicron is starting to run out of people to infect,” said Thomas Russo, MD, head of infectious diseases at the University of Buffalo. Associated Press.

COVID-19 admissions have also fallen in recent weeks, with about 57,000 people hospitalized with the disease across the country on Tuesday, according to latest data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In January, the 7-day average of admissions exceeded 150,000 patients.

Deaths have also begun to fall, with an average of about 2,100 daily, according to data tracker from New York Times. More than 2,500 daily deaths were reported in early February.

States have begun lifting COVID-19 restrictions, including mask mandates in indoor spaces and classrooms. Public health experts are optimistic about the recent decline, but have noted that they would like to see trends continue for another month or two.

Overall, recent announcements from governors and state health officials seem to indicate a shift toward treatment. coronavirus as an “endemic” problem that will continue to circulate in society, the AP reported.

On Friday, Utah Governor Spencer Cox announced that the state would transition to a “steady state” model in April by closing mass test sites, reporting COVID-19 cases less frequently, and advising residents to make personal choices to deal with the risk of getting viruses.

“Let me be clear now: this is not the end of COVID, but it is the end – or rather the beginning – of treating COVID as we do other seasonal respiratory viruses,” he said. during a news briefing.

Also on Friday, Boston lifted its proof of vaccine policy, which required staff and customers to show proof of vaccination if they wanted to use indoor spaces.

“This news highlights the progress we have made in our fight against COVID-19 thanks to vaccines and boosters – which have always been our most effective weapons against pandemic“, wrote Michelle Wu, Boston Mayor in a Twitter post.

Public health experts are monitoring COVID-19 trends for future scenarios, AP reported. The US may see further declines in the spring and summer while immunity is still strong, and then an increase in new cases in the fall, Russo said.

At the same time, officials are keeping an eye out for a new variant that could evade immunity delivered by vaccines and Omicron infections, he said.

“Whether such a variant can develop is the big question, right?” said Russo. “That’s the concern we’ll have to look through. Omicron was the first version of it, and there’s that kind of saying that goes, ‘Well, over time, viruses are evolving to be less virulent,’ but it is. not really. Viruses are evolving to infect us. “

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