Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious-disease expert, stated the United States is “out of the pandemic phase.” The statement does not mean the COVID-19 pandemic is over, rather the level of hospitalizations and deaths has declined to a manageable point within the country. Fauci advises caution as the virus retains the ability to mutate into more transmissible and deadly variants.
During the height of the pandemic, there were thousands of daily COVID-19-related deaths, whereas now, there are approximately 300 deaths daily. Through treatments and vaccinations, the U.S. is closer to controlling the transmission of the disease. Most mask mandates have been rescinded throughout the country, especially in transportation settings, due to the declining spread.
It is important to note that those who are unvaccinated or vulnerable should remain cautious despite the cessation of the “pandemic stage” status. While the country edges closer to an endemic status, Fauci warns that COVID-19 will not be eradicated any time soon, especially as global vaccination rates remain low.
Employers can still enforce preventative measures to keep their workforce safe. State and local guidelines are constantly changing, so employers should remain vigilant in keeping compliant with COVID-19 rules.