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Monday, February 22, 2021

Global signs of hope, even as 500,000 U.S. deaths approach


Global signs of hope, even as 500,000 U.S. deaths approach

New cases, hospitalizations and deaths around the world have slowed drastically in the worst hotspots, with six countries accounting for most of the drop.
Experts attribute the progress to increased adherence to social distancing and mask wearing, the seasonality of the virus and a buildup of natural immunity among groups with high rates of existing infection.
It’s a window of opportunity to vaccinate widely and prevent more deaths, even as worries mount about contagious new variants, and lots of caveats and risks remain. “We see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s still a long tunnel,” said Wafaa El-Sadr, an epidemiologist at Columbia University.
U.S. crisis: It comes amid a grim milestone in the world’s worst affected country: The U.S. neared 500,000 known coronavirus-related deaths on Monday. We have been covering the people we’ve lost and the grief that has touched every corner of America.
The grief “never goes away,” said the nephew of Moses Jones in Chicago. “She would have done so much,” said the mother of Helen Etuk, a college student in North Texas on the path to becoming a pediatrician.
Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

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