Is the U.S. Out of the Pandemic?

Ethan Dunn, Staff Writer

Last week Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical advisor believes that the COVID-19 pandemic is slowing down and that we are, “out of the pandemic stage.” The United States has been ruptured by this pandemic since early 2020, when in March of that year, schools, businesses, and practically the whole world shutdown. Hearing the news from Dr. Fauci sends good signs to those who have been waiting to get back to normal or at least what we remember as normal. 

For two years, masks, social distancing, and vaccines have been all of the talk everywhere, now with Dr. Fauci claiming we are “out of the full-blown explosive pandemic phase” signs of change are coming. There may still be another wave coming according to Dr. Fauci and new variants are very likely. 3 in 5 people in the United States have had or have COVID-19, 66.7% of the US population are vaccinated and herd immunity can be reached and the fight against COVID could soon be near. 

Some however, believe that Fauci’s comments are too soon and may be misinterpreted by the public. Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at the University of California at Irvine believes that Fauci is not wrong, but his comments may not be fully understood or interpreted properly by the average citizen.

Fauci has come out and tweaked his comments stating, “There’s the full-blown pandemic dynamic, the way we were months ago, where we were having 900,000 cases a day, tens of thousands of hospitalizations, 3,000 deaths a day,” he said. “The deaths went from 3,000 down to 300.” 

The numbers are going down and there is light at the end of the tunnel. How much longer we will have to wait to see that light is yet to come.