(CNN) — First, the good news: Covid-19 cases are down in the US. Hospitalizations are dropping. And new deaths have decreased drastically as more Americans get vaccinated.
Now the bad news: Most Americans still haven’t been fully vaccinated — threatening both short-term consequences for themselves and long-term consequences for the country.
“We’re definitely going in the right direction. And I think if we can fully vaccinate the American people into the summer, then I think we can look at a really high quality of life,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
But unvaccinated Americans are still vulnerable to Covid-19, long-term complications and big medical bills.
“This is not the time to go high-fiving ourselves and being self-congratulatory,” Hotez told CNN last week.
Here’s how the US is making major strides in this pandemic — and why Americans shouldn’t get a false sense of security:
- The number of high-transmission counties is plummeting
- New Covid-19 cases are dropping
- Pediatric cases are going down
- Daily Covid-19 deaths are decreasing
- Covid-19 hospitalizations are expected to keep improving
- Scholarships, vacations and million-dollar prizes could spur more vaccinations
- Vaccinated Americans are returning to normal life