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The Real Test of Covid-19 is Two Weeks Away

While Memorial Day marked a return to normalcy following the Covid-19 pandemic, an expert estimates that it will take another two weeks to know where the US truly stands. When it comes to recovery from the epidemic, the United States has a lot to be proud of: more than half of the country has received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, and 12 states have met President Joe Biden’s target of having 70% of Americans receive at least one shot by July 4.

Increased vaccines have resulted in a drop in cases. CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen said, “In some ways, this was the first big stress Test. We have restrictions lifted en masse, people going about their normal lives. We know that in the past after major holidays and an increase in travel that we then had a substantial uptick in the rate of infections.”

On Tuesday, the US registered a seven-day average of fewer than 20,000 new daily cases for the first time since March 2020. According to CDC data, less than 5% of the US population resides in a county with a high Covid-19 transmission rate. However, Wen stressed that the United States would have to wait and see if protecting a country that is still not fully vaccinated can outweigh the risk of not wearing masks and engaging in public settings.

Wen is concerned that some communities may remain vulnerable even if cases plateau or drop off from their present downward trend. According to Wen, with varieties spreading over the world, even a significant drop in instances could pose a concern by lowering the sense of urgency to get vaccinated.

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