The fight against COVID-19 continues with some positive news that we can celebrate and also developments that are concerning.
First, the good news from The New York Times:
Deaths in Nursing Homes Have Dramatically Dropped - The vaccine rollout to seniors is having a dramatic effect with death rates dropping "more than 60 percent between late December and early February," the NYT reports. With more and more people getting vaccinated each day, these numbers are expected to continue to drop.
Another COVID Vaccine Shows Promising Results - In addition to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, the FDA said in a release that the Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is both safe and effective against the virus. It was tested on 20,000 patients, and not a single patient was hospitalized with COVID symptoms a month after getting it. This vaccine consists of just a single shot, unlike the other 2-shot vaccines currently available.
And the concerning COVID developments:
New Infections Have Stopped Dropping - After weeks of a continued decline in news cases, the number of new infections in America and globally have begun to climb. The New York Times notes this is only 1 week's worth of data and says the variants could be to blame. The Doctors note this is an important reminder that the pandemic is not over yet and all safety precautions still need to be taken.
Vaccinations Slowed - The more people who vaccinated, the fewer deaths we'll see, and last week's extreme weather across most of America caused a major slow down in the amount shots getting into people's arms. The American government is currently vaccinating approximately 1.4 million people each day and is aiming to reach 3 million a day over the next 2 months.