CORONAVIRUS IN THE UNITED STATES
Warning Signs: COVID Cases in US Have Stopped Falling
The news has been great as of late: Covid cases have continued to fall, vaccines are ramping up, and in a very encouraging study out of Israel, the real world experience with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is as good as the controlled trial.
At the same time, there are warning signs, and while I don’t want to rain on people’s parades, it is so very important that we keep up our vigilance. What has gotten me so concerned? Cases in the U.S. have stopped falling.
Now, it is only one week of data. It may only be a blip. At the same time, it has gotten me a little nervous.
This may be an indication of the spread of the mutant variants in the United States, and these variants may be starting a new wave of infections. A new wave of infections will cause a new wave of hospitalizations. A new wave of hospitalizations will then cause a new wave of deaths.
We barely begun to breathe from the third wave…I hope to God that a fourth wave is not coming.
But, it might. And so, we cannot let down our guard. Not even for a minute. We need to keep wearing masks; YES, even after we have received a vaccine. I got my vaccine, and I still wear a mask.
We need to maintain social distancing as much as possible. We need to continue to wash our hands. We need to continue to avoid large gatherings. And we need to get vaccinated when our turn comes.
I hope I am freaking out prematurely. I hope I will be wrong that this tiny piece of data is the harbinger of something more sinister on the horizon. We need to keep vigilant. The virus is not taking a break…neither should we.