New data shows that cases of COVID-19 have dropped 45 percent in the United States and 33 percent globally over the past three weeks, and the decline is not necessarily a result of the available vaccine, as relayed in a report from the Daily Mail.
After all, only eight percent of Americans and 13 percent of people worldwide have received even their first dose, per the report. As an aside, some may say that it’s not entirely a coincidence that reports of a decline in COVID cases began at the same time Joe Biden replaced Donald Trump as president.
And these aren’t just reports of a decline. No less than the World Health Organization said Monday that the number of infections has been falling worldwide for three consecutive weeks. In the U.S., 44 of the 50 states are seeing a decline in cases — with only Alabama, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania trending upward, per the Daily Mail, which cited Johns Hopkins data.
Yes, that includes even California and New York, two states with governors whose handling of the virus has been under constant scrutiny. But the data shows California’s 21,451 reported cases on Tuesday are less than half of the 54,000 reported in the middle of December. And New York’s 8,215 cases on Tuesday are significantly down from the Jan. 15 number of 19,942.
Along with that, the Daily Mail noted that 92,880 patients are hospitalized with the virus — which is the lowest number on record since late November. That also marks a 30 percent drop from Jan. 6, per data from The COVID Tracking Project.
“Hospitalizations have fallen 26 percent since they peaked most recently on Jan. 12, the data shows, with 96,534 reported in the hospital as of Wednesday,” the Daily Mail reported.
So what is going here? The virus is real, but there is no doubt it has been politicized, both by those in office and the national media at large. What matters most, though, is the reported trends may indicate a return to life as we once knew it.