Here is the short cut to the full COVID report for Friday.

There were 99,000 new cases reported in the USA on Friday. That’s the most since early February, and it is still increasing at the rate of 40-50% per week. The number of Americans hospitalized with COVID is up 48% in just one week, according to the most recent hospitalization reports.

New data is why the CDC has changed its recommendation on masks again:

Genetic analysis of the outbreak showed that people who were vaccinated were transmitting the virus to other vaccinated people. The person said the data was “deeply disconcerting” and a “canary in the coal mine” for scientists who had seen the data.

Crap! I’m fully vaccinated and don’t live in a hot spot, but I’ve gone back to wearing my mask indoors and staying six feet away from everyone.

Here is Friday’s red zone chart:

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In international news, Cuba reported the world’s worst per capita outbreak for the ninth consecutive day.

98 thoughts on “COVID update

  1. “CDC study shows three-fourths of people infected in Massachusetts covid-19 outbreak were vaccinated”

    From WaPo.

    1. In a state where most people are vaxed and there is a lot of testing, this isn’t unexpected. The crux of the biscuit, though: What percent of breakthrough positives went to the ICU? Unvaxed positives, same question?

        1. Right…I always get my news from Twitter….see the Israeli statistics that largely mirror the MA ones.

    2. “Florida has reported the highest daily average hospitalizations in the nation, 36 for every 100,000 people over the past two weeks,”

      NYT

      1. You do know we have a dumbass governor here and Trump also is here everything is controlled by republicans hopefully since they are not vaccinated hope they die and there will be less Republican voters ans state can have some resemblance of sane here

        1. I guess that is the consolation prize. The lack of vaccinations among the ignorant, and their subsequent fatalities, could cause purple states like Florida to turn blue. I guess that’s a perfect example of “thinning the herd,” in that those too stupid to survive will die.

          But the problem with that thinking is that it allows the virus to keep replicating. The more it replicates, the higher is the likelihood of mutation. The more it mutates, the greater is the likelihood that one of the mutations will eventually manage to defy our inoculations.

          As much as we hate the idea for certain reasons, the rest of us have to figure out a way to keep the stupid alive .

      1. Common misconception; they’re just a front for Big Buttwipe. Follow the money – who stands to gain the most when everyone stays home? Charmin. Northern. Somewhere that annoying Snuggles bear is laughing til he pisses himself, then wiping it up with fifties and hundreds.

    1. Darn, the EdBot woke up. I see nobody bothered to make new material for it. I guess they realized it’s not worth the effort.

      1. His style is hysterical scumballs who can scream ROUTERS!!!!!! eleven times in two minutes. Thank God we don’t have any of those in the White House anymore.

    2. He ain’t the problem. It’s the people who voted for Orange Moron, who refuse to wear masks or get vaccinated that are causing this. I’m all for vaccine passports and telling those who refuse the shot and come to the ER when they get COVID to go to the nearest Republican HQ for treatment.

    1. According to the weekly summary, Sweden still has a major increase in cases, but has only has had one death in the last 14 days.

  2. My vindication: Safe in the knowledge that, thanks to my decision not to get the jab, I enjoy 100% complete protection against breakthru covid.

    1. Your reaction perfectly captures my conspiracy theory of political sabotage. Politics overrides the good of the country. The modern conservative would rather the people suffer & die than concede that the “bad guys” might actually do some good, once in a while. Nope. Since even one success may lead to permanent credibility.

      1. I said you wouldn’t concede anything. Are you contradicting me in any way? AFAICT, no. You’re just making my case.

    2. This has has a lot more to do with with the kind of numbskulls like those at the CPAC bozofest who cheered Biden not hitting the vax goal rather than any failures on the part of Biden. This idiocy was was best exemplified by the other dimwit Trumpoid poster girl, the Boebert, with her “Don’t come knocking on my door with your Fauci Ouchie!”.

  3. During a White House briefing, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the seven-day average of coronavirus infections soared nearly 70 percent in just one week, to about 26,300 cases a day.

    1. Scary. Just a month ago the average was about 10,000 cases per day. Now it is nearly 30,000 and rising.

    2. Some statistics are scary. Some are misleading & needlessly scary. The local news are bandying about these stats lies. Not that I think the situation isn’t getting bad & won’t get worse. Just, a little sanity.

      In my microcosm of 3/4 million souls, cases doubled from 500 in 30 days, to now 1k in 30 days. Positivity doubled from 0.7 per 100k to 1.4. There are now 15 COVID patients in our hospitals, up 2x from not long ago. 5 are in ICU. 4 new deaths. But then, 1/2 a million of us are fully vaxed.

      For perspective, we have 110k ineligible for vax (mostly kids < 12). Of the eligible, 80k are unvaxed & 60k haven't had their 2nd shot. 250k total participants in the Delta epidemic. 1 in 3 people.

      Still, we aren't dying left & right. We aren't even in a hospital bed. (Roughly, I believe, you're admitted if you need O2.)

      1. Well, let me put it this way. I’m not scared. But I’m checking my local stats every day. It’s a habit I’ve acquired. I have no plans to quit any time soon. Sure, a big percentage of a small magnitude is still small. But someone mumbled something to me once to the effect that exponential growth blah blah blah. I don’t recall the exact details, but it sounded impressive at the time. So there’s that.

        1. “As the seven-day rolling average of new infections approached 52,000 on Tuesday, more than four times the level just three weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance recommending Americans resume wearing masks in indoor public places in many parts of the country — regardless of whether they’re vaccinated.”

          The CDC has some serious messaging problems. The doctors I know at the time thought the elimination of masks indoors for those vaccinated was a huge blunder.

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