Good news for America! The overall COVID-19 cases in the US are beginning to decline, according to research published by Axios.
Arizona and Texas, two of the US’s worst-hit states, have undergone a significant decline in their total number of cases, i.e., sixteen percent (16%) and twenty-one percent (21%), respectively, according to Axios.
Axios added that summer hotspots like Arizona and Florida, “have shown little improvement after weeks of deterioration.”
Jennifer Cabrera, an editor of the Florida-based Alachua Chronicle, has recently pointed out that the number of deaths reported by the state does not show the number of fatalities on that particular day. For example, the 257 deaths reported in Florida this Friday is the total number of deaths from July 25th to July 29th.
She has also published a spreadsheet that accumulates the number of deaths per day.
The spreadsheet indicates that the number of deaths took its peak-level two weeks ago and is now declining. Dr. Scott Atlas, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford Medical Center, has reaffirmed that the data shows that even in Texas, Arizona, and Florida, “the trends are stable or even coming down.”
In a very recent interview with Fox New’s Laura Ingraham, he said he is “Curiously Optimistic” that the number of stays in the hospitals is now one-third of the count in April.
“Mortality of people entering the hospital is only one-half. We’re doing less people need an ICU, less people who are immunizing need a ventilator,” he said. “We have better drugs now with a much better handling of how these patients should be treated. We have younger patients, lower risk, getting almost all the cases, not the high-risk people.”
According to Dr. Scott, relaxing the lockdown will produce new cases but it has never been a solution to eliminate the virus.
“That’s just a complete misconception. We go with socializing, we’re going to get more cases. We need to protect the vulnerable, double down on that. We need to have to make sure that hospitals are not overextended. And in fact, most hospitals are not.”
He said while there are isolated hospitals which extended in overall capacity, “there is absolutely no reason to panic here.”
“We know what’s going on here. This is not March or April. This is not some kind of black box of what’s going on,” he said.
Dr. Scott also emphasized that even people who haven’t been infected with the novel coronavirus could be immune.
He tools the reference of the studies from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and Singapore that took blood from people from its cousin, SARS-CoV-1, and after 17 years, there is a strong indication that blood still has an immune response.
The latest figures of Sweden, a country that avoided a full lockdown, indicate that the country is bringing COVID-19 under control in a speedy manner, Bloomberg News reported.
Since the peak in late June, a health agency in Sweden said the infection rate has curved down prominently, mainly the curve of severely affected is beginning to approach zero.
State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said with the number coming to almost zero, “we see no point in wearing a face mask in Sweden, not even on public transport.”
Ali Mokdad, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington, has been trying to make sense of this summer’s COVID-19 surge in the US. He said that he could theorize only in a general manner why the virus spread out and what to do about it.
“Yes, the new cases appear to be mainly young people,” he said. “Yes, they may be letting down their guard. Yes, it might make sense to close the bars.”