Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) Thread - 2021 Breaking News

Pregnant women are at high risk for complications from covid, both for themselves and for their pregnancies. Even if the drug does cause birth defects it might lead to better outcomes than not taking it.

The same article also mentions that a course of these Covid pills costs $700.

235,724,044 total cases
4,815,967 dead
212,593,386 recovered

In the US:

44,518,437 total cases
719,933 dead
33,938,147 recovered

Yesterday’s numbers for comparison:

The surges in new COVID cases in Alaska, like the previous one i Florida, seems to have abruptly calmed down. Most of the Johns Hopkins COVID trends in the US is now in the blue, or at least only pink.

the sole case of a new record high in daily reported cases (7 day average) is Maine, which hit 713 on October 1, from which it has since retreated slightly.

Not really breaking news at this point, as I heard it a couple of weeks ago. ICU beds are becoming available in Washington… because Covid patients are dying.

Here’s some News Zealand:

Best laid plans screwed up by delta.

68.5% of people with first dose (80% 12 and over). 41.5% fully-vaxxed and increasing rapidly. So they have blasted past the US in the first dose and will surpass the US in fully-vaxxed within the next few weeks if their rate continues.

This phased reopening is very safe. I suspect they’ll be fine if they continue to vaxx-up like they are doing now.

Under Ardern’s plan that starts Tuesday, Aucklanders will be able to meet outdoors with loved ones from one other household, early childhood centers will reopen and people will be able to go to the beach.

The dates for a phased reopening of retail stores and later bars and restaurants have yet to be decided.

Ardern said the elimination strategy had served the country incredibly well but the government always intended to eventually transition to the protection of vaccines, a change hastened by the delta variant “game changer.”

Article says they are lagging in vaccinations again.

Where does it say that? They’re cranking along in ourworldindata.org.

“New Zealand began its vaccination campaign slowly compared to most other developed nations. Rates rocketed in August after the outbreak began but have dropped off significantly again since then.”

Ahh. I see it. I disagree the article. First doses have slowed down slightly but still moving along. Second doses are still skyrocketing.

236,169,511 total cases
4,822,794 dead
213,236,982 recovered

In the US:

44,679,603 total cases
722,260 dead
34,154,777 recovered

Yesterday’s numbers for comparison:

The delta thing has been decimating zero-covid strategies all over our region. New Zealand’s strategy is a “whole country” one, in Australia each of the states was in charge of its own suppression strategy (but as far as I know they were all targeting zero-community-cases until recently). NSW, Victoria and Queensland have all pivoted to “living with covid” strategies over the last few weeks, and it’s delta that’s done it - it’s just that much more contagious.

However, living with covid in a vaccinated population is VERY different to doing it without vaccination. I don’t know what NZ’s long-term strategy was, but here, it was always “shut up shop while we get a vaccine”

Also, separate comparisons of first-vax and second-vax rates aren’t really informative. In both Aus and NZ it’s simply a case of get as many jabs in arms each week as you can (and yes, the rollout was sleepy and slow both countries, but it was never general unwillingness, it was government organization and supply)

According to Snowboarder_Bo’s numbers we did indeed hit (and actually slightly exceed) 100k deaths since July 1 today. Wish I could do this with lotto numbers too.

Numbers from 1 July 2021:

Today’s numbers:

Alaska:

A 10 year old girl died in Virginia after being made responsible for escorting sick kids to the school nurse.

236,602,658 total cases
4,831,738 dead
213,735,148 recovered

In the US:

44,781,200 total cases
724,728 dead
34,282,121 recovered

Yesterday’s numbers for comparison:

UC Health (Colorado) is now banning transplanting organs if either the recipient or the donor has not had the vaccine.