The USA set the record for daily fatalities on Wednesday, then nearly broke it on Thursday. The present fatality rate is extremely high because there were so many new infections 2-3 weeks ago and that represents the typical course of the virus.
The future, however, looks promising because of the ever-decreasing rate of new infections and hospitalizations, so the light continues to shine at the end of the tunnel. At the moment, the world’s vaccination efforts still seem to be outrunning the spread of the virus. Yay, us! (Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the new, faster-spreading strains don’t reverse this trend.)
Here is the “new cases” trend for the last ten days:
|Last Tuesday versus the previous Tuesday||-2%||-3%|
|Last Wednesday versus the previous Wednesday||-9%||-6%|
|Last Thursday versus the previous Thursday||-16%||-9%|
|Friday versus last Friday||-18%||-9%|
|Saturday versus last Saturday||-19%||-16%|
|Sunday versus last Sunday||-17%||-18%|
|Monday versus last Monday||-34%||-19%|
|Tuesday versus last Tuesday||-23%||-13%|
|Wednesday versus last Wednesday||-20%||-12%|
|Thursday versus last Thursday||-16%||-12%|
- US COVID hospitalizations declined for the ninth straight day.
- US COVID patients in ICU declined for the seventh straight day.
- The number of COVID patients on ventilators declined for the fourth straight day.
- The positive testing percentage fell out of the red zone – for both Thursday and the 7-day average.