Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky on Wednesday said that COVID-19 impact on the US will drop sharply by the end of July
The country “is not out of woods yet, but could be very close,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, adding that we could reach this goal “even faster” if more are vaccinated sooner.
The CDC is now reporting an average of about 350,000 new cases each week, 35,000 hospitalizations, and over 4,000 deaths.
The CDC experts also warned that a “substantial increase” in hospitalizations and deaths is possible if unvaccinated people do not follow basic precautions such as wearing a mask and keeping their distance from others
If people get vaccinated soon then there will be a faster decline in COVID cases as per the CDC experts. The estimates are possibly in line with what many Americans were already expecting.
With COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations, and cases plummeting since January, many states and cities are already moving to ease or lift restrictions on restaurants, bars, theaters, and other businesses and talking about getting back to something close to normal this summer
President Joe Biden on Tuesday set a goal of delivering shots to 70% of U.S. adults by the Fourth of July. Such a goal, if met, would fit in with the best-case scenarios, said one of the study’s co-authors, CDC biologist Michael Johansson.
“This doesn’t have us going completely back to normal,” Hanage said. “But I think landing the plane is expected to require a certain amount of care over the summer of those things that work best,” referring to vaccines and behaviors such as masking and physical distancing.
“The more you vaccinate, the less the other stuff is needed to maintain the same degree of public health benefit,” he said. “In other words, get the shot.”