Things are looking up. As the world starts to open up, and the vaccines are rolled out, we're starting to see the hospitalizations go down. The Texas Department of State Health Services said that the total number of COVID patients hospitalized is 2,823. That number has been hovering around 3,000 for a month or so, which is the lowest it's consistently been since last June.

In just the past two weeks, we've seen the rolling average of patients hospitalized form COVID-19 go down by 481, which, according to Johns Hopkins data, is about a 12% decrease. In regards to the amount of deaths and vaccines here in Texas:

State officials reported eight new Covid-19 deaths on Monday. According to data from Johns Hopkins, Texas has had 49,225 Covid-19 related deaths so far, the third highest death count in the U.S.

About 32% of the population in Texas has received at least one dose a vaccine for Covid-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost 20% of Texas residents have have completed their vaccination.

Just because the numbers are going down doesn't mean we're completely out of the woods yet. Just follow what the CDC says and we'll be done with this sooner rather than later. Remember this:

  • Wash your hands
  • Keep your distance
  • Wear a mask

If we continue to follow those guidelines, we'll be back to normal before you know it. Just look at how we're already getting close to normal. The CDC says that if a small group of adults are gathering and they've all been vaccinated, there's no need to wear masks.

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.