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  • Originally posted by Atticus View Post
    And now everyone (Fauci, CDC, White House) is saying that come fall and winter, we'll have 100 MILLION new cases in the USA, because everyone is so blasé about getting the follow-up boosters, which, apparently, only have a 6-month efficacy, not to mention the likelihood of variants sufficiently different to make the previous vaccines ineffectual. I'm getting a booster every 6 months till we come up with something better.
    - Florida's COVID cases have jumped to the highest level in two months, but hospitalizations remain low. State health officials logged the biggest increase in new cases since late February, but hospitalizations remain lower than before the omicron variant engulfed Florida.
    Florida has logged an average of 29,715 new infections each week since April 22, data released Friday by the state Health Department shows, the biggest jump since Feb. 25.
    - What will COVID look like this summer? More cases, but probably not as devastating as the last two summers or the recent omicron surge. Unlike before, now most of the U.S. population now has some immunity from vaccines, boosters and previous infections, plus we have antivirals that can prevent hospitalizations in the unvaccinated . But immunity wanes, new variants can come, and it's easy to get complacent.

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    • I got my 2nd booster today - just over 6 months since the 1st one. My Myeloma doctor told me to switch it up and get Pfizer instead of Moderna this time.

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      • North Korea confirms 1st COVID outbreak, Kim orders lockdown (yahoo.com)

        North Korea imposed a nationwide lockdown Thursday to control its first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak after holding for more than two years to a widely doubted claim of a perfect record keeping out the virus that has spread to nearly every place in the world.

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        • Originally posted by TN1965 View Post
          North Korea confirms 1st COVID outbreak, Kim orders lockdown (yahoo.com)

          North Korea imposed a nationwide lockdown Thursday to control its first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak after holding for more than two years to a widely doubted claim of a perfect record keeping out the virus that has spread to nearly every place in the world.
          Hmm! How can you lock down a people who are already locked down?

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          • My county currently has one of the highest COVID rates in the continental US (though I suspect this has much more to do with how easy the county has made it to report home tests than actual rates being _that_ high).

            My island is the hardest hit in the county right now. The school has gone remote. Half our restaurants are closed or have shifted to takeout only. They are not shut down as a precaution, it's just that too many employees have COVID to operate.

            Omicron ran through our island a few months ago (the first time we had widespread community transmission), but now with masks off, BA.2 is hitting a lot harder.

            Lots of people getting COVID now who have avoided it up until this point.

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            • Hospitalizations nationally have increased 50 percent since bottoming out six weeks ago. But the roughly 23,000 patients with covid in hospitals over the last week still represent near the lowest hospitalization levels of the entire pandemic.The recentincrease is driven by the Northeast, where hospitalization rates are almost twice as high as any other region.

              Reported cases of covid have also tripled in the Northeast in just over a month, driving much of the growth nationally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The country has averaged nearly 90,000 new cases each day over the past week — three times higher than the lowest point in March.

              The latest uptick in infections is testing a new CDC alert system adopted by many local and state governments that categorizes covid-19 community levels as “low” even with the number of new cases rising to a level once considered high.

              Public health authorities are not as worried about rising cases because the infected are increasingly vaccinated and boosted and have access to therapeutics such as the antiviral Paxlovid that help prevent people from becoming seriously ill.

              But doctors say the new CDCpublic reporting categories obscure the true risk of contracting covid-19, which still disrupts lives, can lead to long-term complications, and poses heightened danger for the elderly and immunocompromised.


              https://www.washingtonpost.com/healt...virus-wave-us/
              Last edited by jeremyp; 05-17-2022, 07:43 PM.

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