ATLANTA (AP) – The average daily cases of new coronavirus in the US have dropped below 100,000 for the first time in months in the past few days. However, experts warned Sunday that infections remain high and precautionary measures must be taken to slow the pandemic.
The seven-day moving average of new infections was well above 200,000 for much of December and was around 250,000 in January, according to Johns Hopkins University, when the pandemic came back after being tamed in spots during the summer.
That average fell below 100,000 on Friday for the first time since November 4th. On Saturday he stayed below 100,000.
“We still have about 100,000 cases a day. We still have 1,500 to 3,500 deaths a day. The falls are more than two and a half times as high as in summer, ”said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on NBC’s Meet the Press. “It is encouraging to see these trends falling, but they come from an extraordinarily high place.”
As of Saturday, the seven-day moving average for deaths was around 2,500. According to Johns Hopkins, that number peaked at more than 3,300 in the winter.
The US saw a surge of more than 5,400 deaths on Friday – nearly half of those from Ohio, where authorities said earlier this week they wanted to increase the death toll within days after discovering up to 4,000 unreported COVID had -19 deaths.
Walensky added that new variants, including one first discovered in the UK that appears to be more transmissible and has already been registered in more than 30 states, are likely to result in more cases and more deaths.
“Everything is really closed, we cannot disappoint our guard,” she said. “We have to keep wearing masks. We must continue our current mitigation measures. And we need to keep getting vaccinated as soon as this vaccine is available. “
The US has recorded more than 27.5 million virus cases and more than 484,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.
Given that parents and policy leaders across the country want children back in school to learn in person, it’s important that people continue to observe precautions, Walensky said.
“We all have to take responsibility to reduce its spread in the community, including wearing masks so we can get our children and society back,” she said.
The CDC released guidance on Friday outlining the school containment strategies needed to reopen or keep schools open.
Some teachers have raised concerns about returning to the classroom without vaccination, but the guidelines don’t say it is necessary. Dr. Anthony Fauci said on ABC’s This Week that it would be “optimal” to have teachers vaccinated, but that other measures outlined in the 24-page document can reduce their risk.
“When you balance the benefits of getting the children back to school with the fact that following the recommendations and these new guidelines from the CDC, the risks are reduced, I think those are the concerns in both cases will ease sides, ”he said.
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