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Covid Cases Experience the Biggest Drop of the Year

Reported Covid Cases/New York Times

In January 2022, Covid-19 cases had peaked, but the cases have steadily gone down through late January and early February.

By Brayan Alonso and Francisco Serrano

After new years there was a sudden surge in Covid-19 caused by the Omicron variant infecting thousands of homes around the world, but recently this seemingly horrible event has led to a sudden drop in Covid-19 cases.

According to Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, in an article by the New York Times, he said, “I believe that you will start to see a turnaround throughout the entire country”. Fauci is being optimistic with the recent decrease in Covid-19 cases and hopes that this will be the beginning of the end for Covid-19.

Reported Covid Cases/New York Times


The amount of Covid-19 cases in the U.S spiked in December all the way through early January. In late January, the amount of cases started to steadily decrease and that will continue to happen throughout the month of February according to the New York Times.

The Omicron, a variant of Covid-19, cases has been one of the reasons for the cases of covid-19 cases to go down. According to the New York Times, there is a somewhat clear correlation between Omicron being the reason for the decrease in Covid-19 cases due to how people are gaining immunity to Covid-19 with the Omicron variant.

According to The Cable News Network (CNN), doctors are “hopeful we will see the cases go down”. Who knows how much longer this pandemic will last, but things will get better at some point and everyone will be able to resume their normal and everyday lives.

At the start of the year, many schools in LA had multiple Covid-19 cases, but since then, the cases have started to drop. According to the Los Angeles Times, “About 34% of students were not in class the first week. On Tuesday, that figure was 28%. On Wednesday, it was 24%”.

An APB student mentioned that they feel a sense of relief that Covid-19 is finally dying because during the first two week of his second semester he was forced to quarantine and is now struggling to bring his grades up.

For those who are not up to date with what version of Covid-19 the world is experiencing, the world is currently being affected by the Omicron variant. The Omicron variant is very contagious, but scientists have learned that the symptoms are not as strong as regular covid-19.

In an interview with someone from the APB, home community, they had said that they were grateful for the Omicron variant because if they did get sick with Covid-19, then they wouldn’t feel as terrible as being infected with Covid-19. They also said that if they did get the Omicron version, then they could most likely build up immunity to Covid-19.

Another student at APB who shared the same hopes that Covid-19 would die down soon so they can experience their senior activities without the fear of contracting Covid-19 and spreading it to family members.

Vaccination rates in California/New York Times


In California, the vaccination rate varies a lot from city to city, but the majority of the cities aren’t fully vaccinated. Although recently there has been an increase In the amount of people who have gotten vaccinated to help fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to The California Department of Health, to help stop the further spread of Covid-19 as of December 15th masks are required to be worn indoors and during other public settings. This is to counter measure the Omicron variant and it’s high infection rates.

After seeing the Covid-19 cases slow down and go back to normal people are beginning to hope that this trend continues.

For more information, check out the CDC and WHO about updates on Covid-19 guidelines.



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