‘Lurching Between Crisis and Complacency’: Was This Our Last Covid Surge?

The New York Times (NYT) (10/14/2021)
  • While US Covid infections have declined by 40% since August to 90,000/day, researchers remain unsure if the worst is over.
  • Unpredictable human behavior makes predicting outbreaks inherently difficult.
  • While Delta variant fears pushed vaccination rates higher, public mask-wearing has been in decline.
  • Americans reported public mask-wearing have shifted from 77% (Winter 2020) to 23% (July 2021) to 41% currently.
  • Also, current Covid hotspots (Alaska, Minnesota) signal a potential resurgence when cooler weather returns nationwide.
  • Future Covid surge wildcards include new variants and/or weakening vaccine efficacy.