When March 2021 came around, the world half-heartedly celebrated surviving a year with COVID-19. Although China went into lockdown earlier, most of the planet started dealing with the coronavirus a week or two before April.
After we got through the winter, many people expected that vaccine therapies and continued PPE use would keep COVID-19 levels low. The opposite effect seems to be occurring. At the start of April 2021, France is entering a four-week lockdown for the third time.
The United States wants a return to normalcy by Independence Day. In the UK, Boris Johnson is staging a reopening plan another time, hoping that this one will work.
WHO warns that we can make progress with the coronavirus this year, but the pandemic will almost certainly continue beyond 2021.
What Does Dr. Anthony Fauci Say About the Pandemic?
Dr. Anthony Fauci is one of the world’s leading experts on contagious diseases. He disagrees with WHO’s assessment slightly, saying that herd immunity could be reached by the end of summer if the vaccination programs go well.
That means we could reach a level of normality close to what we had before COVID-19 before the end of the year.
What will it take to achieve that goal? Fauci says that at least 75% of Americans must receive a vaccination. If the rate is at 50% or lower, it could take a long time to reach the protection levels needed to stay safe against exposure.
The most significant gains are likely to come from the developed countries with the most access to vaccines.
That means saving lives right now must be a priority. Although the vaccines’ efficacy rates are quite high, we must continue wearing facial coverings, practice social distancing, and take care of each other. Hope is on the horizon if we continue working hard to achieve the goals we want to see with our health.
On the other hand, we cannot afford to overlook some of the negative consequences of pandemic-related shutdowns.