Officials say the US is getting closer to the 'finish line' for coronavirus. What does that mean?
April 25, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A medical staff member administers a dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at a pop up vaccine clinic at the Jewish Community Center on April 16, 2021 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
After more than a year of trauma and heartbreak, state and local officials are pointing to an end point -- a return to the normalcy we've craved for months -- that they say is just around the corner.
Wen says there is a personal finish line Americans can look forward to -- their own vaccinations.
That personal vaccination, allowing individuals to begin releasing some of their own restrictions, is the first step in a three-part process of returning to normal, Ranney says.
"By the time we hit 80-85% of the US population vaccinated, what that means is we likely might halt virus transmission or dramatically reduce virus transmission," said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
The last piece of the puzzle will be getting children vaccinated against the virus, Ranney said.
Experts say it's hard to pinpoint an exact number of Covid-19 cases that would signal a "finish line. " The US is currently averaging more than 59,000 new cases daily.
But it's not like new cases, hospitalizations or deaths are just going to disappear, Ranney says -- and that's not what the country can realistically aim for.
With different vaccination levels and different Covid-19 case patterns, communities will likely be able to safely lift measures at different times.
And the higher the vaccination numbers in a community, the safer it will be to return to normal.
Vaccinated or not, it's still important to consider Covid-19 case and positivity rates in your area when deciding whether to wear a mask.
We know that our way out of this pandemic is through Covid-19 vaccinations.
US officials have said they're making plans in case Covid-19 vaccines need booster doses later.