No. With the rise of the BA.2 variant in Hawai‘i, cases are definitely on the rise.
Currently, many researchers are hopeful that we may be entering the last wave of the COVID pandemic (defined as a disease outbreak that affects multiple countries and a significant proportion of the population).
However, with the rise of new variants and COVID rate upswings around the world, we can’t say we’re out of the woods yet.
One thing that the researchers agree upon is that COVID will likely continue to be a concern for the foreseeable future. So, that means we still need to be thoughtful about how we keep ourselves, families, and communities safe by:
- Staying up to date with your vaccinations
- Wearing a good, clean mask when around people whose vaccination status you don’t know
- Being careful in high-risk situations like crowded spaces
- Washing your hands frequently
- If you’re feeling unwell or if you’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID, getting tested as soon as possible
Source: https://www.lung.org/blog/epidemic-pandemic-endemic-covid (American Lung Association)