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With 50% Of The US Vaccinated, Are Schools Getting Ready To Open?

There is no doubt a very positive outcome seen in the manner in which vaccines have been administered all across the United States. Did you know that around 25 states have made it to successfully vaccinating around 50% of all its adults who are above the age of 18 years? Surprised? Don’t be.

With 50% Of The US Vaccinated, Are Schools Getting Ready To Open?

We say this because while Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin have crossed the 50% vaccination mark as per reports in report published on Sunday by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the ready impact of the vaccination program has started showing up in the number of cases. 

With 50% Of The US Vaccinated, Are Schools Getting Ready To Open?

Schools Are Re-Opening

The public schools of New York will return into full in person attendance from September as per Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We have proven that we can beat back Covid all over this country, and school opens four months from now,” he was heard saying on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “So, I absolutely believe Covid will continue to go down, vaccinations will go up, recovery will be strong.” What seems like a bright silver lining to an indeed gloomy phase, a key indicator to people going back into normalcy is indicated by the number of people travelling confidently by air. Last Sunday, the Transportation Security Administration is known to have screened around 1.86 million people when compared to 2.1 million people in an equivalent Sunday of 2019. This is almost 90% of the population that year, which was long before the actual pandemic hit in all its severity in US. When the pandemic hit in 2020, the TSA had reported of 267,000 screenings in a similar Sunday. Thus, today, planes are literally full like how it was back in 2019. Exciting, isn’t it? 

The Drastic Change In Numbers Post Vaccination

The other piece of news is even more encouraging through the CDC data which shows that around 61.3% American adults have received at least a single shot of the Cpvid-19 vaccine. And around 49.6% of people are fully vaccinated already. In terms of total population, the same numbers boil down to total 49% of the population having already received a single shot and around 39% of the country’s population t have received the vaccine in totality. Today, US has some of the lowest COVID-19 cases registered on a daily basis, owing to the positive impact of these vaccines. As per White House senior COVID-19 Advisor Andy Slavitt, “Across the country, cases of Covid-19, serious illness and loss of life are all down dramatically and they can be brought down even further and the risk of a future wave in your community significantly reduced if we keep up the pace of vaccinations.”  

So what do the numbers say? 

As per data obtained from John Hopkins University, more than 25000 new cases and 540 new deaths have been recorded daily on an average in the past week. These numbers are much lower than what the nation saw even a few weeks ago. The numbers today are 57% lower than what they were a month ago. The weekly average of deaths from COVID-19 infection is down by 23% from what it was one month ago. The crowd getting infected is also different from what it used to be last year, “The people who are getting infected now tend to be people who are younger, less vulnerable to the infection, because a lot of the vulnerable population has been vaccinated,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. 

The US is almost ready to get back to their early morning jogs in four months’ time from now, it is time for the next big step – booster doses. 

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