Need Some Good News About COVID-19?

by Kroger Health Staff

Last Updated: February 17, 2021

COVID-19 has devastated lives around the globe with massive public health and economic impacts. But not all the news about COVID is full of doom and gloom. Here are five news items that offer cause for optimism and a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.
  1. The vaccine is here.
    With at least three effective vaccines in production we can start thinking about the end of the pandemic. While it will take months for everyone to receive the vaccine, the process has started, and vaccines are already being administered in many countries worldwide.
  2. More lives are being saved.
    A recent study shows COVID-19 death rates are falling. The study looked across the NYU Langone healthcare system and found mortality among hospitalized patients dropped by 18 percentage points since the start of the pandemic. Patients in the study had a 25.6% chance of dying when the pandemic began. That has dropped significantly to a 7.6% chance. That is still a high risk when compared to other diseases, but the improvement is good news.
  3. Doctors are learning more.
    More lives are being saved because doctors know more about COVID-19 and how to treat it. The first months of the pandemic were a learning experience for medical professionals. They had to treat a virus they knew little about and combat their own fears of infection. Doctors now know more about how the virus affects the body. They’ve also learned which medicines and interventions to use and which ones don’t work.
  4. Face masks are very effective at reducing transmission.
    Some recent studies on the use of face masks show they are effective at curbing the spread. A cloth mask traps droplets that may be released when a person talks, coughs, or sneezes. Wearing one offers some protection to you and protects those around you if you are infected and don’t realize it.
  5. Immunity could last.
    The latest research on immunity is hopeful and shows immunity likely lasts longer than originally thought. A promising new study analyzed multiple parts of immune memory over time: B cells, T cells, antibodies, and other immune memory features. The researchers studied 185 COVID-19 survivors in the United States. The research shows durable immunity against COVID-19 is a possibility in most individuals. In the study, eight months after infection, most people who have recovered have enough immune cells to fend off the virus and prevent illness. The slow rate of decline suggests immunity may last for years.

Disclaimer: The information in this story is accurate as of its publication. However, the situation surrounding COVID-19 is ever-evolving. We are working to keep our stories up-to-date as changes occur, but we also encourage everyone to check news and recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and their local authorities.