The headlines are full of gloom and doom all over again. Pick any news website you like and glance over the top stories. Or switch on your favorite news show.
You’ll soon be convinced the end is nigh. And we need to start preparing for the apocalypse.
But here’s the truth. The media loves to whip us up into a frightened frenzy. Because when you’re scared, you’re watching and reading.
Sadly, fear makes for good ratings. And when ratings jump, they rake in the dough. But, my friend, the situation may not be nearly as grim as you’re being led to believe.
The Delta variant is indeed a real and dangerous foe that can be deadly. That means we have to take it seriously and make sure we’re following all the standard precautions we know so well now.
But there’s something else being overlooked about this latest wave of the coronavirus.
A fast-moving wave of infection like this one could be over in a relative flash compared to past virus surges. In fact, Delta has the potential to have a swift drop-off in the near future.
In other words, you really could get back out again without fear sooner than you think.
Is the END of Delta ALREADY in sight?
Now, of course, you should take EVERY phase of the pandemic seriously.
You should regularly check on the infection rates in your local area. And when it’s time to mask up, go ahead and strap on that scratchy piece of fabric before heading out. And be sure to use caution whenever you’re in a crowd.
But don’t let the media fool you into thinking we’re trapped in this forever. In fact, one new analysis from the University of Florida…one of the worst hit states in this latest wave…says the Delta wave will likely peak this week or not long after.
That’s right. The worst of this wave may already be behind us. But you’d never guess that was even a remote possibility from the doomsday headlines and cable news hysterics.
While that might seem unlikely at first glance, Delta has so far followed a particular pattern in nearly every other nation it’s hit before us. The variant arrived in a fast and frightening surge. And that wave was followed by a sudden drop off 7-9 weeks after.
The pattern has shown up in very different nations with a variety of vaccination rates. But the most telling numbers might be those from the United Kingdom.
Trade in gloom and doom for cautious optimism
The UK has been a few weeks ahead of the United States throughout the pandemic. Whatever happens there usually happens here, but a month or two later.
Our cousins across the pond dubbed July 19th “Freedom Day.” It was the day most of their coronavirus restrictions were set to end in the UK. But as the date approached, the Delta variant surged, and many folks started demanding a delay.
The government chose to not delay. Yet despite things opening back up again, the UK’s coronavirus cases plunged shortly after “Freedom Day” anyway.
In other words, Delta followed the distinct pattern that had been seen elsewhere. And that may mean the United States could be near its own Delta peak as well.
The University of Florida analysis finds cases should drop later this month and continue to decline through November. The researchers say it is likely to plunge to the lows we saw in June when the pandemic seemed to be under control.
And that’s not the only sign of optimism, either.
“I think we’re further into this Delta wave than we’re picking up,” former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CNBC earlier this month. “I think in another two or three weeks, we’ll be through this.”
Gottlieb even predicted in an interview with Barron’s that this would be the “final wave” of the pandemic.
Of course, other predictions haven’t always panned out. New variants could change the game at any time. And the jury’s out on whether or not people will need booster shots of the coronavirus vaccine.
So keep vigilant. Take protective actions when necessary. Be aware of your local situation. And stay safe.
But just as you don’t want to catch the COVID-19 infection, don’t let the media infect you with their gloom-and-doom bug, either. Because in many ways, it’s as bad for your sanity as the coronavirus is for your body.