During his town hall, Dr. Anthony Fauci pointed out that while the situation did look better, we are nowhere where we need to be so the country can celebrate. “We really don’t want to claim premature victory,” he said. “Right now, the level of community spread is between 55,000 and 70,000 cases per day. In order to completely pull back on all public health measures, you want that level to be remarkably low, and 60,000 to 70,000 per day is not low. So, I think that is really risky to pull back on mitigation measures of public health” (via Facebook).
A look at The New York Times coronavirus tracker supports Dr. Fauci’s comments; the United States today is just slightly off the highs that it hit in July 2020, when the summer surge happened. And while the number of cases dipped since then, it also skyrocketed to new highs toward the end of 2020. That surge helped bring the total number of cases to a recorded 28.7 million, and contributed to a staggering 517,000 deaths due to the coronavirus alone.