As much as the world needed a break, it also needed to… stay diligent for the threat that is perceived to still be coming. The Covid pandemic is far from being over and a new wave is expected to hit us again and again. I am optimistic that it will eventually end, but the risk of getting sick is not low enough yet, so I will continue to take the necessary precautions, and it is possible that over time, our bodies are going to learn how to deal with this virus. Lockdown restrictions have been rescinded and many people have stopped wearing masks out in public. We have several highly effective vaccines that can protect us, but nobody knows for sure if the rates for Corona virus will go down, or if they will continue to fluctuate. Most people think that we should accept that Covid is here to stay, and these people just want to get on with their lives, even though the CDC still recommends that everyone should be still wearing masks, as an average of 40 Americans are still dying form Covid-19 every day. As of May 11, 2022, a total of 996,376 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the United States, which is almost 0.3 percent of our population.
People realize that we will never reach herd immunity, because so many people have resisted getting vaccinated and also, we don’t know how well the current vaccines are protecting people from becoming infected by new variants, or from spreading the virus to others. Vaccinated individuals have become infected, although their illness tends to be less severe. Heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death in the United States, but last year COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the U.S. In the winter of 2021, more than 3,400 Americans were dying every day from the virus on an average, so it appears that we are doing much better now. The omicron BA.2 variant, which is sometimes called “stealth omicron”, because its genetic mutations initially made it difficult to detect, is now spreading rapidly in certain parts of the world, and this new variant appears to be 50 to 60 percent more transmissible than the original omicron. Even if we take precautions, we probably won’t be able to prevent this virus from being transmissible, but we may be able to prevent it from killing us. Realistically, COVID-19 will gradually transition from pandemic to endemic status, a situation in which the disease is consistently present in the world, but is being confined to a particular region, making transmission somewhat predictable and reducing or eliminating the need for broad societal interventions.
Written for EM Writing Prompts May 2022 Week 3.