US Covid-19 cases have flattened. Here’s why that may predict another surge, expert says
There’s good reason to be optimistic about where the US could be by summer as Covid-19 vaccinations accelerate.
But right now, there are several threats looming. And the country is at a crossroads.
“On the one hand we are getting vaccines out at a record pace, but on the other hand, we have these variants. We also know surges have occurred after spring break and after holidays before. So what happens now is really up to us,” emergency physician Dr. Leana Wen told CNN on Sunday.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show more than 4,800 cases of coronavirus variants first spotted in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil has been reported in the US. The true number of cases is likely higher — this number only represents cases that have been spotted with the help of genomic sequencing, the agency has said.
“The best way that we can avoid any threat from variants is to do two things,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN Sunday. “Get as many people vaccinated as quickly as we possibly can and to continue with the public health measures until we get this broad umbrella of protection over a society that the level of infection is very low.”
That means the US shouldn’t be easing restrictions before daily Covid-19 case numbers fall below 10,000 and “maybe even considerably less than that,” Fauci has previously said.