Covid Numbers are Nearly As Bad As Last Year. What Happened?

Jack Hughes, Staff Writer

        Covid-19 is a virus that caused a worldwide pandemic and has been around for almost 2 years now. By now, it would be a common assumption that number of cases would be getting smaller, and we should have recovered. However, the opposite is true. Covid-19 is spreading like wildfire in the United States.

         In late 2020, the number of positive cases (when it was at its peak) was around 180,000. Since then, the number has been steadily decreasing, up until recently. The number of cases on September 3rd was around 160,000, almost as high as last year’s peak.

         Covid-19 has spread to this point because we let our guard down and stopped wearing masks in public, as well as continued activities that were put on hold due to the virus. This allowed Covid-19 to jump from person to person at an uncontrollable rate with no protection whatsoever. Not as many people are aware of this as there should be.  These numbers would most likely be better if more people were vaccinated. Our World Data states that only 56% of the population is fully vaccinated. There are barely any negatives in getting the Covid-19 vaccination, and the positive impact getting the vaccine has on yourself and others is worth any potential drawbacks. Even if you aren’t at serious risk because you are healthy, get it for other members of the community to keep people who aren’t as fortunate safe. Please remember to keep your masks on in order to protect yourself, as well as others.



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