May 24, 2021
As each week passes and as we continue to see progress, these data give me hope.CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, on COVID-19 levels nationwide at an 11-month low.
- The seven-day average of new cases dropped below 30,000 this week, and deaths, just over 550.
- The CDC says more than 60% of Americans over 18 have received at least one dose of the emergency-use COVID-19 vaccine, and about half are fully vaccinated.
- Health officials are optimistic the vaccine is stemming severe cases of the virus and transmission. However, other factors may be at play, including warmer weather across much of the country, prompting people to gather outdoors where studies say the virus transmission is significantly lower than indoors.
- Cases dropped last summer too.
- Some unknowns: Will the vaccines continue to hold up against the new virus variants? How long will the vaccine last, and will we need to get it yearly like a flu shot? Will cases stay low come fall and winter?
- Why It Matters: Cases continue to drop as restrictions relax. The questions now moves to what this chapter in the pandemic will look like, and whether the status quo will hold.
by Jenna Lee,