According to the Food and Drug Administration, it is unlikely that there will be another surge in Coronavirus cases. However, experts have declared that though there are minimal chances of another resurgence in cases. There is a high likelihood that the pandemic will still be a part of our lives for a while yet.
The Pandemic Is Not Going Away Yet
The former head of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb stated that due to mass vaccinations and Covid 19 safety precautions from those who have already contracted the virus have prevented the resurgence of the fourth wave of cases.
Dr. Gottlieb went on to say, “We’re talking about some form of protective immunity in about 55% of the population. There’s enough of a backstop here that I don’t think you’re going to see the fourth surge.”
So far 81 million people have taken at least one dose of the vaccine. This number is a sharp increase from what it was previously. Moreover, reports show that around 29 million people have contracted the virus (tested positive for it) and have even made a full recovery. The situation shows promise as even though millions of people who have contracted the virus and had not taken the test have shown signs of natural immunity.
However, the time for caution is still necessary as we are not out of the woods yet. There are still cases of deaths and severe COVID-19 cases as a result of the United Kingdom variant, commonly known as the B.1.1.7 variant. This particular variant is one of the most dominant causes of the spread of the virus. However, officials warn against underestimating the other variants. Each is just as deadly and lethal as the next.
“I think what you could see is a plateauing for a period of time before we continue on a downward decline — in large part because (the UK variant) is becoming more prevalent, in large part because we’re pulling back too quickly, concerning taking off our masks and lifting the mitigation,” said Dr. Gottlieb about the UK variant.
He also expressed the need for vigilance when it comes to the emergence of other variants. He stated that the variants could change the trajectory of the nation and the state in which it is currently in. Dr. Gottlieb stated, “The only thing that can be a real game-changer here is if you have a variant that pierces prior immunity, meaning it reinfects people who’ve either already been infected or who have been vaccinated.”
Currently, Covid 19 cases have plateaued after a steady decline in the previous weeks. The United States has reported 50,000 new daily cases in the past week. The number is still quite high and is cause for concern. Several medical professionals have warned that unless precautions are taken and more people are not vaccinated then there is a chance for a fourth wave in Covid 19 cases.
According to the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Peter Hotez, “ This is crunch time. This is going to be our most difficult period right now in terms of seeing who wins out.” Dr. Hotez added that “If we can hang on another month, another six weeks, that’s going to make a huge difference.”
So far vaccines have been administered to many but only a quarter of the American population has received at least a single dose of the vaccine. The amount of people who are fully vaccinated comes to about 13% of the total population. Several professionals have emphasized the need for maintaining all safety precautions to curb the spread of the virus and avoid another resurgence in cases.