Infection Rates Are Drastically Dropping
When 40 percent of Americans had at least one shot, cases began to steadily decline, and by May 26, 2021, the seven-day average was just above 23,000 cases. This marks a major drop compared to January 2021, when the seven-day average was nearly 260,000 cases.
COVID Deaths and Hospitalizations Are Also Down
As more people get vaccinated, death and hospitalization rates have continued to drop, especially as seniors and individuals with chronic health conditions got their shot. The CDC notes, "COVID-19 cases and deaths in the United States have dropped to their lowest levels in nearly a year," and the number of Americas dying from COVID are returning to levels we have not seen since April 2020.
Child COVID Cases Are Declining
In just the last month, there has been a 50 percent reduction in the number of child COVID cases. Health experts say this is due to adults and young adults getting vaccinated. “Even though children aren’t vaccinated, the way that the unvaccinated get protected in our society is increasing rates of vaccination or infection ― whatever it is ― immunity in the rest of us,” infectious diseases specialist Dr. Monica Gandhi tells HuffPo.
Fully Vaccinated People Exposed to the Virus Are Rarely Getting Sick
HuffPo reports there have been 123 million people vaccinated against COVID and only 1,600 serious breakthrough cases have been reported, and they note vaccinations began when the virus was actively being spread in communities, and therefore a high percentage of people who got the shot would have been exposed to the virus and did not get sick.
Outbreaks in Vaccinated Groups Did Not Lead to Major Symptoms and Sickness
HuffPo also reports on 2 incidents, an outbreak at a nursing home in Kentucky and an outbreak among the New York Yankees, where vaccinated people did become infected, but the majority of the people exposed did not get sick and did not have any symptoms of the virus.
The Doctors note that no vaccine is 100 percent effective, but when it comes to preventing the serious effects of COVID, so far the vaccine has worked and saved countless lives, while dramatically reducing the number of infections and helped reopen the country.
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