Just from checking various dashboards (NY Times, state health departments, CDC, etc) it looks like the 2nd wave of COVID case counts is now flattening across many states. As expected, we have a rising trend of fatalities from the 2nd case wave.
My question is, what’s causing case levels to drop off? I see no change that explains it. There’s no vaccine, there’s no new public policy to stop spread, there’s no change evident in the general public’s behavior. I understand Trump is canceling funding for clinics in Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Colorado, but I don’t think that goes into effect until August (today is Jul 30). I know Trump has asked that the CDC be cut out of the data reporting loop, but that’s not the sole avenue for reporting cases (state health departments also report cases).
So what gives with the recent flattening?