This Washington Post article (yes, I know, probably paywalled) shows rolling graphs, dating back to the beginning of the pandemic, on cases, hospitalizations (with a breakout for ICU bed occupancy), and deaths.
- The U.S. has been averaging from 100K-130K new daily cases all summer; that’s higher than it was in the spring, but far, far lower than it was last winter, when we were averaging between 300K and 800K new cases per day.
- COVID hospitalizations are currently averaging a bit over 40,000, and ICU beds occupied by COVID cases around 5000. (For reference, there are 893K staffed hospital beds in the U.S., and about 85K ICU beds.) When we had the peak last winter, we were at around 150K hospitalizations, and 25K filled ICU beds.
- COVID deaths are averaging about 400-500 a day; last winter, the average was more like 2,500 per day.
Is the healthcare system still stressed by COVID, and are a lot of healthcare workers burned out? Absolutely. But, hospitals and ICU beds are not even close to full, even compared to last winter, much less the winter of 2020-21, when we didn’t have widespread vaccinations.
Yes, 130K new cases each day is a lot. Yes, 400 deaths a day is too many. But, as I’ve replied to you in another thread – this disease is not going to go down to zero effect any time soon. We have vaccines, and we have treatments, and for most people, COVID is not nearly the health emergency it was one year ago, or two years ago. And, these much lower numbers this summer are despite the fact that we’re now dealing with Omicron variants, which are far more contagious than previous variants were.
At 400-ish deaths per day, that’d be about 150,000 deaths per year from COVID – less than half what we had in 2020, and on a par with deaths from stroke and lower-respiratory diseases. (Source)
At what point do you, @Leaper, feel that things are “good enough” to remove restrictions (restrictions that Americans, broadly, have been ignoring for a year or more, anyway?)