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Is COVID-19 Slowing Down in the United States?

The United States reported cases of COVID-19 infection have reached 32,267,958 as of May 4, 2021, and associated deaths sit at 574,679 according to the data. Overall, new cases of COVID-19 infection and deaths have slowed and the country is doing much better than in the beginning stage of the pandemic. However, the national decline doesn’t reflect in several states that are recording high numbers of new COVID-19 infections. The current reality is that some states that recorded high numbers of infection and deaths early on in the pandemic have experienced a significant decline, while states that are in bad shape presently weren’t in bad shape initially. New COVID-19 infection hot spots have emerged in different regions of the country despite COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Moreover, the number of new cases has hit a plateau that is simply too high, putting the country at risk for a new surge.

COVID-19 Spread

Researchers believe that the individual who’s responsible for the first chain of sustained transmission of COVID-19 in the United States probably returned to the country after traveling to China or a nearby Asian country in February of 2019. The SARS-CoV-2 virus planted root in the U.S as government and health officials missed the chance to take steps early on to prevent the spread of the virus. It didn’t take long for the transmission and spread of COVID-19 to occur, with New York City becoming the epicenter of the largest outbreak of COVID-19. In less than two months after the SARS-CoV-2 virus made landing in the U.S, the metropolitan region reported over 700,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Not long after, COVID-19 spread like wildfire throughout the country touching every state, some feeling the impact more intensely than others.

Current Updates Since March 2020

COVID-19 continues to spread at an increasing rate even though more and more patients are getting vaccinated. Other travel advisories were recently updated and CDC continues to warn patients about COVID-19. Currently, the Northeast region of the country has recorded more new cases of COVID-19, with the Upper Midwest close behind. Experts are not quite sure the reason for the surge, but there’s a decline in vaccination rates, perhaps caused by misinformation that’s fueling doubt and fear in people. Michigan, for example, has recorded the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the Upper Midwest, averaging 5,443 new cases per day. Other states that have high numbers include Illinois, Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey.

The surge in new cases in these regions is a major cause for concern especially with vaccination rates declining. Additionally, the spread of virus variants which is more transmissible and deadly is the most common in the U.S now. Vaccinations need to increase rather than decrease and preventative measures adhered to, so as to fight the new variants.

As it relates to domestic travel, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated, to minimize the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. The CDC further recommends following its established guidelines for traveling if you are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated. Don’t forget to check travel restrictions for state, local, and territorial governments.

COVID-19 tests are available at your local urgent care if you need to test for immunity and active infections. A simple swab test can check for evidence of active infection, while the antibody test can detect evidence of past COVID-19 infection. Check to see if your urgent care offers telemedicine services that can enable safe, convenient assessment before testing. Please call ahead of your visit to your urgent care if you think that you have COVID-19.