COVID-19 Infection cases are increasing in 21 U.S. states as governors have eased up on lockdown restrictions over businesses like gyms, restaurants, and bars. Even at the rate by which citizens are getting vaccinations, other emerging variants of the disease continue to spread quickly across the affected regions.
The 21 US.states include: Connecticut, Hawaii, Alabama, Idaho, Maine, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Montana, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Rhode Island, and North Dakota.
Public Health Officials Warn that New COVID-19 Variant Can Become the Dominant Infectious Disease
According to public health officials, about 30% of coronavirus cases have been identified as that of the extremely contagious variant that first surfaced in the U.K. The anticipation is that by late March, there is a possibility that it could become the dominant infectious disease. New CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has strongly advised against the quick reopening of states, as continuous transmissions will only compromise the progress achieved in battling the pandemic.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is now the White House Chief Medical Advisor, had mentioned during last Friday’s briefing that it is too soon to celebrate; not until after the level of infection has gone lower. Dr. Fauci said that even with the distribution of 2 to 3 million vaccines everyday, including in locations where public health measures have been withdrawn, the situation is quite worrisome. It is quite unfortunate that a number of states, cities, and municipalities have been withdrawing mitigation methods, particularly the wearing of protective masks.