The Biden administration has announced its decision to extend mask-wearing mandates for travelers on airplanes, trains, ships, buses, taxis, and ride-shares, as well as their respective transit hubs, stations, and terminals.
Several U.S. states are also beginning to switch from a crisis mentality to a more forward-thinking endemic approach to managing and living with COVID-19. Spearheaded by California’s S.M.A.R.T.E.R. strategy, Colorado is also following suit, announcing its own road map to move past a COVID-19 emergency response.
The virus is taking the lives of more people than ever before, with the U.S. reporting over 2,000 deaths every day in the past month. Data shows that the only other time death rates were this high dates back from the time vaccines were still unavailable. Experts have analyzed this data to reveal the demographics and characteristics of people dying of COVID-19.
The United Kingdom’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released the nation’s COVID-19 data, which sheds more light on the long COVID phenomenon. 1.33 million people who were previously infected with COVID-19 reported lingering symptoms at least a year after infection. This accounts for roughly 2.1% of the U.K.’s population, with 1 in 48 people experiencing long COVID.