The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the country could see a sharp decline in virus cases by July.
This comes after a CDC paper included projections from six research groups.
Watch the briefing in the video player above.
Their assignment was to predict the course of the U.S. epidemic between now and September under different scenarios, depending on how the vaccination drive proceeds and how people behave.
Mainly, it’s good news. Even under scenarios involving disappointing vaccination rates, COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are expected to drop dramatically by the end of July and continue to fall afterward.
The CDC is now reporting an average of about 350,000 new cases each week, 35,000 hospitalizations and over 4,000 deaths.
Under the most optimistic scenarios considered, by the end of July new weekly national cases could drop below 50,000, hospitalizations to fewer than 1,000, and deaths to between 200 and 300.
The projections are probably in line with what many Americans were already expecting for this summer.
With COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations and cases plummeting since January, many states and cities are already moving to ease or lift restrictions on restaurants, bars, theaters and other businesses and talking about getting back to something close to normal this summer.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky also spoke about 12-15 year olds being approved to use the Pfizer vaccine and what that means for summer camps.