According to experts, there was a good reason for optimism over where the US could be by summer with accelerating Covid-19 vaccinations, according to experts, CNN reported.
However, there were several threats looming at present, and the country was at a crossroads.
Flattening Covid Cases Could Predict Another Surge Say, Experts.
According to emergency physician Dr Leana Wen who spoke to CNN, on the one hand, vaccines were being produced at a record pace; however, on the other hand, there were variants. It was also known that surges had happened after spring break and after holidays before, and what happened now was really up to the people.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, over 4,800 cases of coronavirus variants spotted first in the UK, South Africa and Brazil had been reported in the US. According to the agency, the true number of cases would likely be higher as this number only represented cases that had been identified using genomic sequencing.
According to Dr Anthony Fauci, who spoke to CNN Sunday, the best way that any threat from variants could be avoided was to do two things. He added it was the need of the hour to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible and continue with the public health measures until this broad umbrella of protection was extended over society to ensure that the infection level was very low.
Fauci added earlier that it meant that easing of restrictions before daily Covid-19 case numbers fell below 10,000 was not warranted, and the numbers might even be much less than that.
However, more governors had recently announced eased restrictions, and US infection levels were surely not low as variants continued to circulate. On average, more than 53,000 Covid-19 cases and over 1,350 deaths were reported daily over the past week.
The decline in cases reported by officials earlier this year now seemed to have levelled off, which had experts worried.
On the basis of previous experience in the US and other countries, a plateau predicted another surge, according to infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist Dr Celine Gounder, who spoke to CNN Sunday. Further, the new variants were also very much potentially fueling a more severe surge.
Meanwhile, experts opine that spring break, which had kicked off across the country, could prove to be a perfect storm for spreading variants.
Vacationers had already started thronging beaches in Florida, and they could, without their knowledge, bring the virus back with them when they returned home, one expert had warned earlier.
Mayor Dan Gelber said over the weekend, local officials in Miami saw too much spring break activity.
The mayor said they had a problem with too many visitors. He added they had a problem with too many visitors looking to let enjoy.
Meanwhile, air travel across the country continued to hit pandemic records, with over 1.3 million people screened at airports on Friday, which was the highest number since March 15, 2020, the Transportation Security Administration said.
TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said in a tweet, over 1.2 million people were screened Saturday, which was around double the number of people who were screened on February 9.
It was the 8th day of the month of the throughput exceeding one million. If one planned to travel, one needed to wear a mask, Farbstein added.
While many Americans pushed for returning to normalcy with the US set to see warmer weather, US officials continued to work on getting as many shots into arms as quickly as possible.
As of now, over 69.7 million people had been administered at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, with over 37.4 million fully vaccinated, which was roughly around 11.3% of the US population.