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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I have been saying.

Joel Achenbach and Jacqueline Dupree
April 15, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. PDT

The coronavirus pandemic in the United States has turned into a patchwork of regional hotspots, with some states hammered by a surge of infections and hospitalizations even as others have seen the crisis begin to ease. The spring wave of the pandemic has driven hospitalizations above 47,000, the highest since March 4.

Thirty-eight states have reported an increase during the past week in the number of people hospitalized with covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, according to a Washington Post analysis of data provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.

But the national statistics don’t capture the intensity of the coronavirus emergency in the hotspots. Michigan reported more than 10,000 new infections on Tuesday alone. The state on Wednesday reported an average of 46 deaths a day, up from 16 a month earlier.

“We’re still climbing, unfortunately,” said Nicholas Gilpin, system medical director for infection prevention at Beaumont Health, which runs eight hospitals in the Detroit area and has more than 800 patients hospitalized.

Michigan officials have pleaded with the White House for more vaccine doses, but the Biden administration has said it will stick to allocations based on state populations. Administration officials stressed that vaccines aren’t rapid-response tools for outbreaks.

“What we need to do in those situations is shut things down,” Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday. “We need that vaccine in other places. If we vaccinate today, we will have, you know, impact in six weeks, and we don’t know where the next place is going to be that is going to surge.”

Along with Michigan, 32 other states have registered increases in infections in the past two weeks, including all the states along the Great Lakes, from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania. Minnesota and South Dakota are also up, making the Upper Midwest the major regional center of the spring wave. If there’s a single broad trend, it’s that the northern tier of the country is generally faring worse than the southern — for the moment.

Other regional hotspots include Maine and New Hampshire in northern New England; Delaware and Maryland in the Mid-Atlantic; Arizona, Colorado and Nevada in the Mountain West; and Oregon and Washington in the Pacific Northwest.

“In a nutshell, the increasing trend is concerning — covid-19 is clearly alive and well,” said Jeffrey S. Duchin, health officer for Seattle and King County. “It’s causing a large number of illnesses in young and middle-aged adults right now.”

By contrast, much of the Deep South, with the exception of Florida and Georgia in recent days, has reported sharp decreases. Since the winter wave ended, numbers in West Texas and the Great Plains have improved.

“The spring wave has not had a huge amplitude nationally, but has been very regional,” said David Rubin, director of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

He and his colleagues have pointed to weather and seasonality as factors in infection rates, with warmer and lengthening days supporting less virus transmission.

“There’s a clear latitude effect. If you go up into Canada, they’ve been having a really hard time,” he said.

The vaccination campaign appears to have altered the demographics of hospitalizations: With a large majority of elderly people now inoculated, the average age of patients has dropped. Gilpin, of Beaumont Health, said patients are generally less ill than in previous phases of the pandemic.

As of Thursday, more than 76 million people in the United States have been fully vaccinated. The vaccines are not foolproof, however — something known since the first results emerged from clinical trials. The CDC said Thursday that 5,800 cases of post-vaccination “breakthrough infections” have been reported nationwide. That’s fewer than 1 in every 13,000 vaccinations.

Of those breakthrough cases, 29 percent were asymptomatic and 7 percent required hospitalizations. CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said 74 of those vaccine recipients who had breakthrough infections died.

Separately, officials in Washington state reported Wednesday that 217 people among the 1.7 million fully vaccinated there have had breakthrough infections. Five deaths among patients ranging in age from 67 to 94, all with multiple underlying conditions, are under investigation, the state health department said.

Anthony S. Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser on the pandemic, said during Monday’s White House task force news conference that there are two distinct types of vaccine failure.

“Primary vaccine failure” is when the body doesn’t mount a robust immune response. That could be caused by poor health, age, medication or something wrong with the vaccine. “Secondary vaccine failure” is when immunity fades over time, or if the person is exposed to a different virus strain.

“However, even if a vaccine fails to protect against infection, it often protects against serious disease,” Fauci said.

The CDC said these breakthrough infections were found in all age groups. Women accounted for 65 percent of reported breakthrough cases. The CDC did not break down the cases by vaccine type.

“To date, no unexpected patterns have been identified in case demographics or vaccine characteristics,” Nordlund said. She added that the CDC continues to advise vaccinated people to take precautions in public places, such as wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated areas.

The nation appears to be moving forward, if not always smoothly, toward its goal of crushing the pandemic. By the end of the week, the United States is poised to reach the milestone of 200 million vaccine shots into arms, and the now-rapid pace of inoculations among the most vulnerable populations is driving down mortality rates from covid-19.

But vaccine hesitancy is much on the mind of public health officials. In coming weeks, the supply of doses may outstrip demand. Biden administration officials said Wednesday that the country is averaging 3.3 million vaccine doses a day.

Inoculations with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were paused nationwide amid reports that six women between the ages of 18 and 48 suffered a rare blood clotting disorder. One of them died.

That number is small compared with the 7.5 million doses delivered, but the similarity of the cases to blood clotting seen in Europe in the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine — which uses a similar vector for introducing the vaccine into the body — has grabbed the attention of the scientific community.

On Tuesday, the country’s seven-day daily average for new infections topped 71,000 for the first time since Feb. 18.

“You want normal life? That’s your ticket, mass vaccination,” Foxman said. “We don’t want to let this one little bump of this very rare complication of this one vaccine to interrupt the progress that we’ve been making.”

Unlike those who praised Trump's efforts and compared COVID to the flu, I don't claim to be a sage. Just someone who actually reads fact-checked news sources.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is far from over—270,000 new cases in India. But a wall in the Arizona desert should protect us.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since the peak of California’s harrowing winter COVID-19 surge, not only has the state managed to flatten its coronavirus curve, but it now has the lowest case rate in the continental U.S. at just 6 per 100,000 people. Only Hawaii has a lower rate among U.S. states.

Meanwhile, the worst-case scenario — a repeat of the winter surge — is unfolding in Michigan, which has a case rate of 64 per 100,000 people, according to the New York Times COVID tracker. That’s the highest rate in the U.S. by far, almost twice that of New Jersey, with the second-highest case rate of 38 per 100,000.

So what is fueling Michigan’s surge? And does it present any red flags for California, which has been unable to fend off previous waves that started elsewhere in the country?

In an interview with Scientific American, Benjamin Stix, anesthesia critical care medicine fellow at the University of Michigan, said the situation is due to “bad timing.” The state began reopening while COVID-19 vaccinations had rolled out to only the 65-and-older age group and health care workers, he said. As a result, a large portion of the new crop of cases is occurring among the large still-unvaccinated population, from children to people in their 50s and 60s.

“There was, all of a sudden, all these people who were, right as the state was opening up, exposing themselves to the community more, essentially,” he told the publication. “And now we’re in a really bad, bad situation.”

John Swartzberg, an infectious disease expert at UC Berkeley, said the most likely explanation for Michigan’s surge is the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant. Now the dominant strain in the U.S., it is 50% more transmissible than the original virus.

In California, the variants bred in the state known as B.1.427 and B.1.429 became the dominant source of infection as of Jan. 31, and by comparison are 20% more transmissible.

Not so nutty and just a bit lucky.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Researchers have identified more than 1,000 novel mammalian viruses with the potential to cross over to humans. More than 150 of them are coronaviruses.

Trump spent $15 billion on his wall, but a pittance on preparation for pandemics or gearing up our response to Covid.

“The government was in July given the option to request 100 million to 500 million additional doses,” according to the New York Times. “But despite repeated warnings from Pfizer officials that demand could vastly outstrip supply and amid urges to pre-order more doses, the Trump administration turned down the offer, according to several people familiar with the discussions.”

Scott Gottlieb, who many conservatives have turned to for medical guidance during the coronavirus pandemic, confirmed the New York Times report. “Pfizer did offer an additional allotment coming out of that plan, basically the second quarter allotment, to the United States government multiple times – and as recently as after the interim data came out and we knew this vaccine looked to be effective,” Gottlieb said during an interview with CNBC.

This will happen again, and those who advocate for defunding the Federal government--unless it is building walls in the desert--will be responsible for even more deaths.

We have saved people's lives from pandemics--using the government.
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