The country has been long-divided on many different subjects and topics over the years. It turns out that the coronavirus is another topic where there seems to be quite a split in terms of how bad it is within certain areas. About half of the country is doing really well and half of the country is starting to see an increase in cases. This provides great problems for the leaders of each state because there seems to be two completely different paths right now in terms of the recovery from the pandemic.
The Current State of the Coronavirus Pandemic
Everyone has their own health to think about when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are certain risks that you might be willing to take if you have a great immune system, but everyone still seems to think that the deaths are significantly higher than what is considered to be contained. Everyone wants to protect their family, their health, and their lifestyle. It can be incredible challenging to balance all of these factors with the way that things are going right now.
Re-Opening of the Economy
Many states and cities have felt the pressure from the public to re-open the economy and get things on a pathway to try and get back to normal. There has been some resistant from Democrats because a closed economy gives them the best chance at winning the upcoming Presidential election. It seems like even the Democrats are starting to re-open because they know that keeping the economy closed for too long can backfire and create some unrest in the public communities.
The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the economy and it doesn’t seem like enough stimulus has been enacted in recent months to help recover financially. There are a lot of people struggling right now because the enhanced unemployment benefits expired at the end of July. The temporary extension certainly helped when the President decided to sign an executive order to give $300 in additional weekly benefits to eligible recipients. Those funds have expired rapidly and millions of citizens are starting to run out of options as the bills continue to add up.
The Vaccine Timeframe
President Trump announced several weeks ago that the vaccine is going to potentially be ready before the Presidential election. That would be a remarkable accomplishment if true, but the latest vaccine trials are still in Phase 3 and it is unclear if they will be approve for public use in time. It is also unclear exactly how many doses would be available.
Administration officials have suggested that the most vulnerable individuals with underlying conditions would be prioritized for the vaccine. Additional details are not yet available but this is certainly some positive information from the health perspective.
Daily Cases of COVID-19
There are many states that seem to finally be getting to a point where the pandemic is contained and new cases are lowering. There are a few states struggling at this point and that includes the states of Arizona and Kentucky. High-population states like California and Florida seem to be doing a little bit better and Florida just recently announced a phase-three re-opening of their entire state. Governor Desantis of Florida has suggested that he will not be locking down any portions of his state and gave that prospect a ‘Zero Percent Chance’ of happening.
The amount of cases per day is certainly not ideal for medical experts that would like to see a universal downtrend across all of the states in the country. The good news is that most are coming down significantly but there are still a few regions that seem to be struggling to contain their spread of the COVID-19 virus.
People should continue to practice good habits like washing their hands and wearing face masks to ensure that they give themselves and those around them the best protection that is possible until a vaccine is available.
The End of the Pandemic
Everyone is hoping that the pandemic will come to an end in the near future. You will probably start seeing a lot of restrictions lifted after the Presidential election because the political side of the pandemic will no longer be relevant. At that point, the race would be to get a reliable vaccine in the hands of as many people as possible.
It is unclear on how much longer people are going to be forced to wear face masks and practice social distancing. It could be just a few months or it could be even longer depending on how things go with the vaccine and how the daily cases are reported going forward. Some experts are still concerned that the holiday season could bring a major new spike in cases that could once again cause a lot problems across the country in high-population centers.