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Summer in America right now – in terms of coronavirus – means many infections but relatively few deaths compared to previous versions of the virus, officials said, cited by The Associated Press.
COVID-19 still kills hundreds of Americans every day, but the virus is nowhere near as deadly as it was last fall and winter.
“It’s going to be a good summer and we deserve this break,” Ali Mokdad, professor of medical records at the University of Washington in Seattle, told AP.
FROM more Americans are protected from serious illness Through vaccination and exposure, COVID-19 has — at least for now — turned into a nasty and uncomfortable nuisance for many.
“It’s like a bad cold or the flu,” a Massachusetts woman said recently.
She also said, “If I get it, I’ll get it – and I’ll get through it.” According to her, she was double vaccinated and immunized against COVID.
Depending on location, many Americans still wearing masks when they enter grocery stores or visit other public places, even if they are not required in stores or venues. Many still camouflage themselves outdoors when they are among large crowds.
Some stores still require disguises to enter.
However, other Americans don’t want anything to do with masks at the moment.
Dr. Dan Kaul, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, told the AP that “things are looking cautious right now.”
“For the first time, as far as I can remember, practically since this started, we don’t have [coronavirus] patients in the intensive care unit,” he said.
Like a nation celebrated on July 4 this yearThe average number of daily deaths from COVID-19 in the US hovers around 360.
Last year, during a similar summer lull, at the beginning of July the number was about 228 people a day.
This remains the lowest daily death threshold in the US since March 2020, when the virus first began spreading across the US.
Today, in the third year of the pandemic, it is easy to get confused in a mixed picture.
But last year, far fewer cases were reported at this time, less than 20,000 a day.
It’s now around 109,000 – and likely an undercount since tests done at home are not usually made public.
Today, in the third year of the pandemic, it’s easy to be confused by the mixed picture: reinfections are becoming more likely, AP reports, and a significant proportion of those infected will face lingering symptoms. what became known as the long COVID-19.
However, many worries are also now relaxed.
“Now we have come to the point where the immune system of every person has already encountered a virus or a vaccine twice or thrice,” the doctor said. David Dowdy, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told AP.
“We’re seeing people get less and less sick on average,” Dowdy said.
According to one influential model, 8 out of 10 people in the US have been infected at least once.
Big differences separate influenza from COVID-19. Health experts continue to wonder at the behavior of the coronavirus.
Lately, the COVID-19 death rate has been a moving target. Now he’s fallen within range average flu seasonAccording to data analyzed by Arizona State University health industry researcher Mara Aspinall.
At first, some people said the coronavirus was no more deadly than the flu — “and for a long period of time, that wasn’t true,” Aspinall said.
People didn’t have immunity back then. The treatment was experimental, and vaccines were not yet available on a mass scale.
Aspinall said accumulated immunity today has brought the death rate down to the level of a typical flu season. (In the past decade, influenza deaths have ranged from 5% to 13% of hospitalizations.)
Big differences separate influenza from COVID-19. Health Experts continue to wonder at the behavior of the coronavirus. It is also still unclear if it will become seasonal like the flu.
Last summer, when vaccines first became widely available in the US, the US had to endure a delta surge and then an omicron surge, which peaked last February and killed 2,600 Americans a day, AP reported.
The rapidly expanding BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subtypes could also be contributing to the change in deaths, experts say.
Experts agree that a new variant may emerge that can avoid the accumulated immunity of the population. The fast-spreading BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subtypes may also contribute to changing the number of deaths.
In the coming weeks, deaths could rise in many states, but in the US as a whole, deaths are likely to drop slightly, said Nicholas Reich, who summarizes coronavirus forecasts for the COVID-19 Prediction Center in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) .
“We are seeing the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations increase to around 5,000 new hospitalizations every day from just over 1,000 at the beginning of April. But deaths from COVID have only slightly increased over the same time period,” said Reich, professor of biostatistics at New York University. Massachusetts Amherst.
Unvaccinated people have a six times higher risk of dying from COVID-19 than people who received at least the first round of vaccinations, according to CDC estimates based on available data for April.
This summer, think about your vulnerability and the vulnerability of those around you, especially in large gatherings, as the virus spreads very quickly, Hopkins’ Dowdy said.
“There are still people who are taking a very big risk,” he said.
However, many vaccinated Americans avoid another revaccination.
“I got a double shot and got a booster once,” a New Yorker told Fox News Digital. “Enough. I don’t need boosters anymore.”
He also pointed out that, in his “civilian” opinion (he is not a doctor), it is possible that those who die from COVID today had pre-existing diseases or other complications.
The Associated Press provided coverage for this article.