According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, southern regions, many of which have been hotspots, are now seeing a reduction in Covid-19 cases, while many places that have been experiencing cold weather, mostly in the North and Midwest, are seeing an increase.
As per JHU data, new cases in Georgia and Florida are down 37 percent and 25 percent, respectively, over the previous week.
While Covid Instances Are Decreasing In Georgia And Florida
In the previous week, both states had among the ten lowest case rates. However, in a few places where cold weather has set in, there has been an uptick. This is a repeat of what happened last year.
Vermont was previously one of the states with the lowest case rates, but it is now one of the 15 states with the highest case rates
Cases are moving downward in the United States as a whole, with the daily average falling 10% in the last week.
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the drop in cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities might be followed by another surge. However, by increasing immunization rates, the United States might still avoid the rise. The US Food and Drug Administration intends to allow people to receive a different Covid-19 vaccination as a booster injection than the one they first had, The New York Times reported on Monday.
The FDA may indicate that having the same vaccination as a booster is desirable, but it would not suggest one dose over the other, according to the Times.
The National Institutes of Health delivered preliminary data from ongoing research to the FDA’s vaccine advisors on Friday, demonstrating that it didn’t matter which vaccination individuals received initially or which booster they received – mixing boosters was safe and increased immune response. The Delta version was similarly well-received when boosters were mixed.
Dr. Amanda Cohn, a member of the FDA’s vaccine advisory group, stated that guidelines on mixing and matching Covid vaccine booster injections will provide flexibility for the general public and those attempting to provide vaccination doses to the general population.
“I don’t think there’s any necessity from a public health standpoint to have a preference for mixing or matching,” said Cohn, who also serves as chief medical officer for the CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases.
Although the number of cases is still high, with an average of nearly 85,000 new infections each day as of Sunday, it is down by more than 8,000 from a week ago, according to JHU data. Since the beginning of the month, the number of deaths has decreased by more than 200 a day.
However, progress in numbers is jeopardized by poor immunization rates. According to the CDC, 57 percent of the overall population was completely vaccinated against the virus as of Monday.
Though health experts are unsure of the exact proportion of the population that has to be protected in order to limit the spread of the virus, Fauci has stated that the great majority will need to be vaccinated.
Fauci believes that another surge in instances is unlikely.