Covid-19 Tracker: No end in sight?

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Good morning, Mission, and welcome to Virus Village, your (considerably common) Covid-19 information dump.

Hospitalizatons, recorded infections and positivity charges proceed to climb, as R Quantity fashions stay static. The excellent news, and motive for the query mark is that present wastewater measures have leveled or declined a bit.

Whether or not or not this surge (swell, wave, bump) begins to say no there’s much more covid on the close to horizon, as new, extra transmissible sub-variants take maintain. Might this be why the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has begun to urge a second booster? Nonetheless, true to type, on the identical time the CDC worries that updating the vaccine may send the wrong message. Will we now have have a brand new vaccine in time for subsequent winter’s surge? Not if Congress has its means.

One country is not waiting to verify the hospitalization numbers earlier than making preparations.

The argument that “case numbers don’t matter” might make us really feel much less anxious, however logically it is senseless as lengthy covid, hospitalizations, and dying start with an infection and uncontrolled transmission means extra variants with potential to flee The Vaccine and different “instruments”.

Talking of lengthy covid, we nonetheless know subsequent to nothing about it though it seems to be affecting a large variety of these contaminated (even when asymptomatic). Most instances level to no particular trigger.

I hardly ever learn or see any of the skilled celebrities speaking about well being care employees and the dire circumstances that existed in hospitals when the pandemic struck. Although “official” inquiries have but to start right here or in Britain, the British Medical Affiliation has begun its personal overview. This text focuses on the dearth of private protecting tools. “Deficiencies in PPE (private protecting tools) both by means of shortages, being of incorrect sort or poorly becoming, was a phenomenon generally reported by medical doctors throughout the board in the course of the first weeks of the pandemic.” It was no completely different at house the place hospitals prefered to guard their revenue margins. What has been achieved to appropriate this drawback? The CDC, and superstar specialists don’t have anything to say.

Paxlovid, one of many “instruments” we now have to manage the virus, has a rebound effect which is getting extra consideration recently. Surprisingly, the rebound impact didn’t present up in Pfizer’s medical trials, and apparently the corporate gained’t launch extra tablets for any extra analysis.

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