New York slowly returns to normalcy as numbers decline (includes video story)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that the Big Apple has seen its lowest level of COVID positivity since the start of the pandemic.

Across the nation, other cities are also sharing the same sentiment as COVID-19 case averages continue to decline.

While more cities are reopening and lifting their restrictions, health experts are warning unvaccinated people of potential risks.

“We still are at risk of variants in this country. . . the more people are vaccinated, the more protected we are,” says Dr. Carlos del Rio of Emory University’s School of Medicine.

Moderna has announced that it’s applying for full FDA approval for its vaccine to be administered to people ages 18 and up. Health experts believe that its approval will make a big impact.

“I think getting to the populations that are reluctant, hesitant, still waiting for more. Once it gets full approval, we’ll be able to reach another percentage of them,” says Dr. Carlos del Rio.

As these positive trends continue, we’re slowly beginning to see a return to normalcy, and Americans are more ready than ever to move forward.

Deniel Dookan is a senior at Florida International University majoring in broadcast media with a minor in psychology. She aspires to become a news anchor in South Florida.