COVID On The Retreat In The United States, Studies Find

( )- The data is finally in, and it looks like COVID is on the retreat in the United States.

It turns out that all it takes is a new variant of the virus, significantly less deadly but substantially more infectious than the last, to bring the pandemic to an end.

Infections across the Northeast, which saw some of the worst numbers during the most recent surge of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, saw a decrease of 36% week-over-week. It’s a dramatically smaller number than the national data, showing the seven-day average of COVID cases dropping by 1% as of Wednesday last week. It is, however, an indication that the rapid spread of Omicron could be establishing herd immunity across regions of the United States.

Wagaa El-Sadr, a professor of medicine and epidemiology from the University of Columbia, New York, said that it “bodes well” for the country in terms of the trajectory of the spread of Omicron.

Cases in the Midwest appear to be climbing, and daily averages are still sitting at around 800,000, but the data seems to suggest that once other regions of the United States go through an Omicron surge, the natural immunity developed by the millions of Americans being infected by the virus means that it eventually just stops spreading.

The news comes as much of the rest of the world finally decides to drop all COVID-19 restrictions and return to normal life. In the United Kingdom, conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the country would return to “Plan A,” which effectively means that the virus is not causing the kind of hospitalizations that warrant shutting down society. Johnson encouraged people to go back to work in person, dropped vaccine mandates, and ended vaccine passports.

If the numbers keep on going down in the United States, will the Democrats be willing to grant the American people their freedom back?