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The US is Fighting Against Covid-19

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US is “turning the corner” on its current Covid-19 outbreak. However, vaccination is still critical to ensuring that cases continue to decline as the holiday season approaches. According to Johns Hopkins University, the US averages roughly 107,000 new infections per day, down from more than 150,000 just a month ago. The number of hospitalizations and deaths has also decreased.

However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said ABC’s “This Week” that Covid surges had receded and resurfaced during the pandemic’s roughly 20 months. “The way to keep it down, to make that turnaround continue to go down, is to … get people vaccinated. When you have 70 million people in the country who are eligible to be vaccinated who are not yet vaccinated, that’s the danger zone right there,” Fauci said.

Experts have cautioned that Covid-19 and the flu could pose a combined hazard to an already overburdened healthcare system as winter approaches. However, Fauci told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that it is too soon to say whether the holiday season will be a safe time for Americans to assemble. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its holiday guidelines, advising people to get vaccinated before the holidays and wear a mask indoors in public in places where transmission is high.

Attending parties to commemorate special occasions and holidays enhances your chances of contracting Covid-19 and transmitting it to others. The CDC also advises people to postpone travel until they are fully vaccinated. According to CDC figures released Sunday, about 56 percent of the total US population, or 65.4 percent of those aged 12 and older who are eligible, are completely vaccinated.

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