Many virologists, epidemiologists, health professionals are beginning to agree on something long desired: the worst of the pandemic may have ended in the United States. The majority of experts are cautiously optimistic even though they are aware that even today, an average of 50,000 people are infected today. Of course, but under three conditions: if the guard is not lowered too soon, if the more dangerous variants do not increase the cases before herd immunity is reached and if the vaccination campaign continues as now (about 2.5 million doses per day).
Anthony Fauci himself, the most famous face in the pandemic and Joe Biden’s number one assistant on Coronavirus, argues that “It is highly probable and understandable that if we vaccinate effectively and we are still careful the future of the next few months will be better”.
While some virologists are worried about infection hotspots in Michigan, the Midwest, New York or New Jersey, the vast majority think a next wave can be avoided.
But how could the evolution of life in the United States be in the coming months?
Experts are convinced that there will be a cautious return to social life. More people vaccinated, more people safely in shops, restaurants and at work, more students at school, even without a mask as confirmed by the new guidelines of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
And the dream begins to take shape: open restaurants, sporting events, weddings, family reunions, more travel and no more children in front of computers to study.
Fauci himself is convinced that there will be a gradual return to normal, that there should not be a new winter wave even if the virus and its variants will not completely disappear. What everyone hopes is that it can be kept under control.
What will you need? Many doses of booster vaccines and effective vaccines against variants because the virus will continue to mutate.
The pandemic has had a profound impact on the whole of society, has changed its social rules and has brought out some serious critical issues, not only in the United States. These include the way in which the elderly have been poorly protected, as well as the poor have often been left alone, as well as people of color often without health coverage.
A sort of social shock that should make humanity understand the right direction in the priorities of values. Although, as the vaccine trade wars are unfolding, there is little to hope for. And helping the world to get out of the pandemic is another imperative. If the virus continues to circulate, no country will truly feel safe. There will be no boundary that will block another spread. Vaccines must also arrive in poor countries.
And in any case, even if the cursed Coronavirus is kept under control, it will be very difficult to return to the world of before made of hugs, handshakes and kisses. It is true that from the great plagues the world has always restarted towards great goals (the Renaissance started from the end of the plague) but we must think that, for a long time to come, the elbow to elbow will replace the handshake. And maybe from this we will understand how well we were before.