By Mariela Trevino and Amy Hernandez

Since the coronavirus first appeared in the United States in January 2020, over 574,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and over three million have died worldwide.

Several new variants of COVID-19 have emerged in the last five months from multiple countries, including the UK B.1.1.7 variant which is currently the dominating strain in the United States. A mix of factors has led us to this fourth wave in the pandemic such as spring break vacations, states reopening and loosening restrictions, and the arrival of warmer weather.

Across the United States, nearly 198 million…

Amy Hernandez

UIC undergrad majoring in English with a minor in communication

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