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Data: CSSE Johns Hopkins University; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Coronavirus infections continue to plummet across the U.S.

Why it matters: Experts have warned many times over the past year that it wouldn’t be safe to rush back into pre-pandemic life without containing the virus. Now, though, the U.S. is finally containing the virus.

By the numbers: The U.S. averaged about 30,000 cases per day over the past week.

  • The progress is happening remarkably fast, and across the board.
  • It was just last week that average daily cases dropped below 40,000, for the first time in months. This week’s figures are a 20% improvement over last week.
  • 39 states saw their caseloads improve over the past week.
  • Alabama showed an increase in new cases, although the state had some unusual reporting glitches this week.
  • Technically, cases also increased in Washington, D.C., but it’s no cause for alarm: The District has fewer new cases per day (about 48, on average) than any state.

What’s next: This is all happening because of the vaccines. The more people get vaccinated, the better it’ll get.

Go deeper

May 19, 2021 - World

India reports world record in daily COVID deaths

Family members in PPE carry the body of a person, who died due to COVID-19 at a makeshift crematorium in New Delhi, India, on May 8. Photo: Mayank Makhija/NurPhoto via Getty Images

India's health ministry reported 4,529 deaths from COVID-19 in a single day on Wednesday and another 267,122 new cases.

Why it matters: It's the most number of deaths from the coronavirus reported by a country in a 24-hour period since the pandemic began, per the Washington Post, citing Johns Hopkins data.

May 19, 2021 - Health

The social predictors of coronavirus vaccination rates

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Data: GoodRx analysis of Census and CDC data; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Where you live, how educated you are, whether you have health insurance and whether you have access to the internet are all correlated with how likely you are to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Why it matters: None of these factors has anything to do directly with an individual's risk. Instead, this emphasizes, yet again, the powerful role played by social determinants of health.

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