After almost more than a year of breakdown and trauma that we have faced, state and local officials state that we are almost at the corner, near to the habituated environment that we have craved for months.
The United States Is Getting Closer To The Finish Line Says The Officials
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said that we are at a noticeable distance from the endpoint. Gov. Kate Brown has warned Oregon’s citizens to not get a wrong alarm and told them to take care however, in April she said that we are close to the finish line. The mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, Greg Fischer also mentioned last week that the finish line is near.
Still, is it? And more importantly, how will we know we are there and what would it look like?
Dr. Megan Ranney, director of the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health and an emergency physician said that the fact is we are not going to understand when we have crossed the imaginary finish line.
Experts say that by understanding the phrase we can conclude that it is not some kind of a finish line but rather it’s like returning to normal lifestyles.
CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen said that think of dialing a number and not like a switch that can go on and off, the way we have thought about resuming for the first time. She also said that there is a finish line for the Americans personally and that is taking their vaccines. She told that we would speak about this thing after people have gotten the vaccine dose. She added that that way there is truly a time frame for us that we can see for ourselves.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s data shows that almost 41% of Americans have taken at least one dose of vaccination and 28% of Americans are fully vaccinated. People to be fully vaccinated are calculated by CDC after two weeks of the second Moderna or Pfizer dose and two weeks after a single Johnson & Johnson dose. Wen said that instead of having a combined finish line about when it is time to go back to normal, we can have a personal one.
Ranney says that in the three-part process of returning to normal, the first part is the personal vaccination and letting people realize some of their limitations. The second step is the vaccination of family members, friends, and all the people around us. And the third part is the vaccination of your city/community. Ranney added that once all of this is done then you are more protected so it will be easy for going to a bowling alley, movie theatre, concerts, or restaurants without wearing masks because a larger percentage of people around you have taken vaccination. When would we be able to reach that goal, some say by summertime?
Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine said that the time will come when almost 80-85% of the United States people will be vaccinated and at that time we will be able to stop the transmission of Coronavirus or will dramatically decrease it. He added that he thinks that that would be the time when people would be able to get back to normal as it has been in 2019 or with some differences. He said we will be able to get to concerts and indoor restaurants and we will get close to normal lifestyles by the time of summer and that is why there is so much to look forward to.
Ranney said that the end bit of the problem will be making kids take vaccines against the virus.