According to data from Johns Hopkins University, several southern regions, which have been hotspots, are now seeing a decline in Covid-19 cases, while many states that have started experiencing cold weather — mainly in the North and Midwest — are seeing an increase. For example, according to JHU data, new cases in Georgia and Florida are down 37 percent and 25 percent, respectively, over the previous week. In the last week, both states were among the top ten lowest case rates. However, there has been an uptick in a few states where the winter weather has set in.
This pattern is identical to what occurred the previous year. According to JHU data, Covid-19 instances increased by 10% in five states from the last week. Iowa, Oklahoma, Alaska, Vermont, and New Hampshire are among those states. According to JHU data, Alaska had more Covid-19 instances per capita than any other state in the last week. In addition, cases increased by 14% from the previous week, with 125 new cases per 100,000 persons per day, about five times the national norm.
However, improved vaccination rates in the United States could still avoid the surge. People familiar with the FDA told The New York Times on Monday that the US Food and Drug Administration considers allowing people to receive a different Covid-19 vaccine as a booster dose than the one they initially received.