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New Year, Same Story

As happy as so many of us were to say goodbye to 2020, the harsh reality is we are nowhere near saying goodbye to COVID-19 just yet. Doctors expect things to get much worse before they get better.

We may have turned the page on a New Year, but we’re far from turning the page on COVID-19. The U.S. topped 20 Million total confirmed infections on the first day of 2021. More than 10,000 people died here in the last three days of 2020. And Doctor Anthony Fauci says: “We just have to assume that it’s going to get worse.” Dr. Nicholas Christakis with Yale University and Dr. Megan Ranney with Brown University agree. Dr. Christakis adding: “We are by no means out of the woods of this pandemic, we’re not even at the beginning of the end I would say.” Dr. Ranney saying: “We have more cases, we have more hospitalizations, we have travel that’s going to lead to further surges in January. Now we have this new version of the virus that’s going to spread more easily and make our hospitals still more full.”

Yes, we have Vaccines, but the Rollout isn’t going as many Experts had hoped. Doctor Christakis doesn’t think we’ll reach Herd Immunity until early 2022, which is why he puts economic recovery even farther down the line. After that, he predicts a sort of free-for-all reminiscent of the Roaring 20’s. But until then, Dr. Christakis says: “We’re going to have to continue to wear masks and have intermittent school closures and business closures and gathering bans and so on.”

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