White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said it’s now up to Americans to determine their own COVID-19 risk, after months of promoting government- and corporate-backed restrictions.
Now Americans should consider factors such as age, vaccination status, or whether they’re immunocompromised in some way.
In recent months, case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths have significantly declined. Case numbers, in particular, are right now at a fraction of the so-called Omicron variant wave that was spreading through the United States in mid-January.
“Right now, we’re watching it very, very carefully, and there is concern that it’s going up, but hopefully we’re not going to see increased severity,” Fauci said.
Outside the United States, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has implemented a lockdown throughout Shanghai, one of the largest cities in the world, due to a reported rise in COVID-19 cases on April 1. Many residents have been locked in their homes for up to three weeks with the threat of heavy fines or more severe punishments.
Shanghai officials have insisted on continuing a strict “zero-COVID” policy after announcing that more than 25 million residents have been tested for COVID-19, and no sign that the city’s lockdown will soon be lifted.
The Shanghai lockdown has led to widespread discontent among locals, who’ve complained about a shortage of food and medicine, access to medical treatment for non-COVID-19 diseases, and children being forcibly separated from their families and taken away for quarantine.