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With each passing day, Americans return a bit more to normal, or, at least whatever this new normal is going to be.
The last year or so of our lives have been unique, as we trudge through a once-in-a-century pandemic with all of the grace of a tumbling deer trying to run across ice. This is a first for many of us, and there was no telling whether or not we truly knew what we were doing when it all first began.
But now, 14 months into this often-terrifying experience, the CDC has some very good news for us.
New coronavirus cases across the United States have tumbled to rates not seen in more than 11 months, sparking optimism that vaccination campaigns are stemming both severe COVID-19 cases and the spread of the virus.
As cases, hospitalizations and deaths steadily dropped this week, pre-pandemic life in America has largely resumed. Hugs and unmasked crowds returned to the White House, a Mardi Gras-style parade marched through Alabama’s port city of Mobile, and even states that have stuck to pandemic-related restrictions readied to drop them. However, health experts also cautioned that not enough Americans have been vaccinated to completely extinguish the virus, leaving the potential for new variants that could extend the pandemic.
As the seven-day average for new cases dropped below 30,000 per day this week, Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pointed out cases have not been this low since June 18, 2020. The average number of deaths over the last seven days also dropped to 552 — a rate not seen since July last year. It’s a dramatic drop since the pandemic hit a devastating crescendo in January.
“As each week passes and as we continue to see progress, these data give me hope,” Walensky said Friday at a news conference.
The news comes as nearly half the nation has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and over 60% of all adult Americans have received at least one shot.
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