In the United States, how does COVID-19 end? With a death rate that Americans are likely to ‘accept,’
There may be no end at all, but a resigned acceptance of a level of dying that is tolerable.
Dr. Aaron Carroll, a pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, said, “We as a country are ready to endure a certain level of risk and yet go about our normal lives.” “It’s becoming evident that we’ll have to do something similar with COVID. We’ll have to adjust our lifestyles to accommodate it.”
Carroll recently stated at an American Public Health Association panel that in a “good” flu season, approximately 100 Americans might die from influenza every day.
“As a result, it’s probably what we’d accept for COVID,” she explained.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 was killing an average of 363 Americans each day as of June 3. That’s down from more than 3,000 per day during the peak of the pandemic in January, and the daily death toll is continuing to decline thanks to increased immunizations.
Experts say that if Americans were willing, the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 could be virtually fully controlled in the United States with near-universal immunization. In 1980, smallpox was declared eradicated in this manner.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic’s decline will be patchy. Take a look at how San Francisco and Nashville vary.
According to the local health agency, no one has died from COVID-19 in San Francisco County in about a month. Eight individuals have died in the last two weeks in Davidson County, Tennessee, which is home to Nashville and has a population of 185,000 people.
Vaccination rates are different. 78 percent of persons over the age of 12 in San Francisco have had at least one shot. It’s 47 percent in Davidson County.
Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, said, “We’re sending vaccine that has been assigned to us back to the CDC.” “It breaks our hearts.”