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U.S. states are starting to record days of zero deaths among people with COVID-19, another marker that the pandemic is easing.
Fifteen states on Monday reported zero COVID-19 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, though many later added several deaths. Still, fatalities attributed to COVID-19 were just a handful in most of the states, including Alabama, Arizona, and Delaware.
Martin Kulldorff, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, told The Epoch Times: “That’s good news. Not surprising. There are two reasons for that. One is that we have a lot of immunity in the population, mostly from natural disease but also from the vaccines. We also know that it’s a seasonal disease. So the decline in March and April was mostly due to immunity but now in May seasonality has also helped,” he said.
Officials in Minnesota, which reported zero deaths on five days since March 22, said the success stemmed from vaccination and adherence to mitigation measures.
“We have seen declines in case counts the last four weeks due to increasing levels of vaccination. Deaths lag behind infections and case counts, so now, in general we are also seeing declines in deaths,” Doug Schultz, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Health, told The Epoch Times in an email.
“Minnesotans, in general, have also been vigilant in wearing masks and social distancing and adhering to other measures that we know can slow the spread of the virus and its variants, thus giving the vaccines a chance to work,” he added.
As cases, hospitalizations, and deaths fall across the nation, two numbers have steadily risen: those who have recovered from COVID-19 and people who have had a COVID-19 vaccine.
Cases dropped to a 10-month low in the United States last week, hitting about 36,600 per day on average. Hospitalizations have decreased for all age groups, including one of the most vulnerable populations—those 65 and older, with just 8,905 intensive care unit beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. And deaths nationwide have dropped to a seven-day average of 546, the lowest since March of last year, as of Tuesday.
“The past week has been a big week, with progress and milestones that set us on a path out of this pandemic,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters in a virtual briefing this week, adding that Americans should have “cautious optimism.”
The declining metrics mean that the danger from the CCP virus is lower because of fewer people having the disease, but older people should still get vaccinated to obtain protection against infection and severe illness, according to Kulldorf.
The number of people who have recovered, meanwhile, is continuing to rise, with those patients enjoying some measure of natural immunity against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19. The number of Americans who have gotten at least one dose of a vaccine is up to 48 percent of the population, or over 159 million. Over 80 million seniors have received at least one jab.
Dr. Peter Gulick, who runs an infectious disease clinic in Lansing, Michigan recalled one of his patients who had received a vaccine dose getting COVID-19. But the patient’s condition recovered after treatment.
“He became a little hypoxic, we put him on oxygen, we gave him remdesivir and some steroids, and then he went home whereas without the vaccine probably he would have accelerated to maybe going through the full COVID storm and you’re on a ventilator and dying. So I think you’re seeing some of the positive effects of the vaccine,” the doctor told The Epoch Times.
Clinical trial data indicate that the vaccines help prevent severe disease and death in recipients, according to drug regulators.
Improved treatments are also playing a role, including monoclonal antibodies. The treatment, which was received by former President Donald Trump last year, can reduce the amount of the CCP virus in a person’s system, potentially leading to a lower level of symptoms.
The positive signs have contributed to virtually all states loosening or axing COVID-19 rules, such as mask mandates or social distancing requirements. Those that reopened earlier than others, such as Texas, did not see a corresponding increase of cases, hospitalizations, or deaths.
As far as herd immunity, experts have pegged the range of those needing immunity through prior illness or vaccination at 70 percent or even as high as 90 percent.
Gulick said herd immunity in the United States is one thing but global immunity would be best because of how frequently people travel to and from the country. Kulldorf said the threshold for herd immunity changes based on the season and location, depending on factors like density of population.
The Harvard professor thinks it’s a good time for people to try to resume their pre-pandemic lives, suggesting activities like going to the doctor for an annual visit and spending time with family and friends, and “start to repair some of the damage or collateral damage that we have had because of the lockdowns,” he said.
Ohio State University (OSU) has announced that it intends to employ 50 additional professors to focus on social and racial justice as part of a wider initiative that is estimated to cost millions of dollars a year.
The university’s president Kristina Johnson first announced the RAISE initiative, which stands for race, inclusion, and social equity, in her first ever State of the University address in February.
In her address, Johnson said the public university’s current mission is to hire a minimum of 350 net new tenure-track faculty–150 of whom will come from the new social justice-focused RAISE initiative.
Of the 150, 50 of the RAISE faculty will be “scientists, artists, and scholars whose work addresses social equity and racial disparities in fields such as health care, education, justice and public safety, resources and the environment, the arts and creative expression, economic opportunity and leadership,” Johnson said in her speech.
“The RAISE initiative will also include the goal of 100 underrepresented and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) hires in all fields of scholarship,” she added about the university’s hiring plans for new tenure-track faculty.
Johnson said that the initiative will allow OSU to build on “what is already world-class scholarship across our colleges.”
“We also want to ensure equity in terms of pay, promotions and career advancement for women and underrepresented minorities—for those wonderful people on our staff who do so much to support students and professors alike — as well as for those in our professoriate,” she said.
“I want every single Ohio State student to be able to look across the lecture hall or seminar table and understand immediately that their dreams are valid and achievable,” Johnson added.
James Moore, chief diversity officer and vice provost for diversity and inclusion, praised the move as an “opportunity for the university to produce a groundswell in terms of diversifying the faculty.”
“Diverse faculty attracts diverse students,” he said. “People gravitate to people who share similar experiences. And sometimes, those experiences are deeply connected to race, gender, geography, religion—a whole number of things.”
According to The College Fix, University of Michigan economics professor Mark Perry and a higher education watchdog previously calculated that OSU already has on its payroll more than 150 diversity-related employees that are costing $12 million per year.
OSU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment by The Epoch Times.
Last year, Perry calculated that OSU hired more than 100 staff to focus specifically on inclusion and diversity at a cost of $10 million per year.
He told The College Fix that he believes the public university’s hiring methods violate federal laws that ban hiring based on ethnicity or sex.
“I believe such hiring would violate Title VI’s prohibition of discrimination based on race and color and Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination,” Perry said of RAISE.