Our analytics team is paying close attention to searches directly related to COVID-19 symptoms, which we see as a leading indicator of the pandemic itself. Based on daily search data (from Mar 1 to today) and looking at the seven-day moving average trend line, we see that Houston has put the peak of the second wave behind it.
Since searches for COVID-19 symptoms are a leading indicator of new coronavirus hospitalizations, we should see a substantial decline in new COVID-related hospitalizations in Houston over the coming week.
A similar pattern of the second wave peaking and then coming back down occurred in Dallas. The trend line for the country is plateauing as well, albeit not in retreat yet.
This goes on to show that, in the eyes of our analysts, COVID-19 is manageable with proper social distancing and face covering. The second wave has prompted people to take social distancing and face covering more seriously, like Houstonians are doing right now.