EYECARE: Coronavirus BRIEFING: Crisis Response Tactics U.S. Avoids Predicted Winter COVID Surge By Staff Tuesday, March 14, 2023 7:59 AM Last year, federal officials warned of a likely COVID-19 surge this winter. It never happened, making this the first pandemic winter without a significant spike.Deaths from COVID-19 and official case counts declined dramatically, compared to the surges seen during the winter of 2021-2022.Many experts have said that wave never appeared because so many Americans have either been vaccinated, infected, or both. That created a wall of immunity. While the infection rate didn’t skyrocket this winter, COVID-19 still played a deadly role across America. Weekly deaths peaked at 4,439 the week of Jan. 11, compared to a peak of 17,378 in early February 2022. From peak to peak, that’s a decline of 75%. Head over to WebMD to read the full story.