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

241,475,527 total cases
4,914,142 dead
218,710,136 recovered

In the US:

45,792,532 total cases
744,546 dead
35,374,595 recovered

Yesterday’s numbers for comparison:

Pretty amazingly, the only state to set a new (seven day averaged) Daily reported cases of Covid is Vermont , with 259 as of October 16. Nobody else is even in the pink, meaning that averaged reported cases are declining in all other states.

He died of COVID complications. He was fully vaccinated:

Here is the salient part of that article:

Powell had multiple myeloma, according to NBC News. It is a type of blood cancer that hurts the body’s ability to fight infections.

I don’t know who paid for my Moderna booster in August, but it wasn’t me.

Less flippantly, it did not cost me anything out of pocket, but I do not know how the cost is divided between the government and my insurance. The pharmacy never asked me how they would get paid.

241,893,064 total cases
4,920,594 dead
219,241,018 recovered

In the US:

45,902,575 total cases
746,415 dead
35,572,825 recovered

Yesterday’s numbers for comparison:

242,335,622 total cases
4,928,965 dead
219,683,229 recovered

In the US:

45,996,507 total cases
748,652 dead
35,710,331 recovered

Yesterday’s numbers for comparison:

Tomorrow the US will have more than 46,000,000 total cases. It took only 13 days to go from 45,000,000 to 46,000,000 cases.

Here’s some news:

Thing is Russia must be bad if they are taking this public stance now:


FDA will approve mixing and matching, and boosters for all J&J recipients (after 2 months) and all Pfizer and Moderna recipients over 65 or at increased risk, after 6 months.

Just posted:

But wait; there’s more!

I can hear already the screeching of the anti-vaxxers over the mere possibility that schools may be vaxxing their children.

I haven’t read the news yet about FDA doing all those approvals today, but from prior news, I think there is still a step remaining: Now that FDA has approved the boosters, I believe CDC must also approve. Then we can “officially” begin to get our boosters. That is expected to be a pro forma step, and should happen Real Soon Now – maybe later this week or next week?

The NYT said possibly as early as this weekend for the Moderna and J &J boosters. Hopes are high that the decision about children 5-11 might come later next week or at least by early November.

242,809,062 total cases
4,937,649 dead
220,090,865 recovered

In the US:

46,092,362 total cases
751,811 dead
35,814,326 recovered

Yesterday’s numbers for comparison:

I just found this:

Here’s an interesting article. Weather that causes people to spend more time indoors appears to have a large effect on the number of cases. Now it remains to be seen whether southern states will be affected as cooler weather moves in their direction.

I don’t want to say “nearly everyone” is at increased risk, according to the CDC, but it is a lot of the adult population:

  • Ever smoked?
  • Have history of cancer?
  • Asthma?
  • Diabetes?
  • Mental health issues including depression?
  • Drink too much?
  • BMI 25 and over?

The CDC sets policies about how the shot is administered, who should get the shots, et cetera…

Their advisory panel is scheduled to meet on 10/21, so guidance should be issued in a few days.