Here is the complete COVID report for Thursday.

The global numbers show continuing progress. Cases are down 13% from last Thursday and fatalities are down 11%.

Cases are also down in the USA. Eight consecutive days have been lower than the same day of the previous week. Hospitalizations are also on the way down – 9% in just a week. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for the fatality rate to echo that decline.

Three states, West Virginia, Idaho and Montana, made the “worse than the third world” list, which means that both their fatality rate per capita and their rate of new cases per capita are higher than the worst country in the world on each of those lists. That means they have higher death rates than Bulgaria AND higher case rates than Serbia. Beating every country in both criteria is almost impossible to achieve because many of those countries treat viral diseases with herbal poultices and enchanted chicken beaks.

The map below shows the states that were worse than any country in the world on either of the two measurements (plus the three states that were worse on both).

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175 thoughts on “COVID update

  1. Back on Sept 10th I posted a comment about anti-vaccers. At the time I had discovered that two of my co-workers were anti-vaccers.
    As a quick update, I have since learned that there is a 3rd co-worker of mine that is anti-vaccine. And for the record, I’m part of an IT group of around 20 people total. These are allegedly intelligent people.
    I have also learned that my own sister and her husband are anti-vaccine.
    So far, out of the 5 people, here’s what they all have in common:
    1. Conspiracy theorist
    2. Strong religious belief (to be clear, for my sister, the religion is catholic)
    3. Foxnews

    For myself, I don’t believe there is a mysterious invisible sky God, anymore than I believe in the Great Pumpkin, so from the outside looking at all of the anti-vaccers, it looks to me like they all show a willingness to believe in something that is not real as a form of mental comfort.

    (I realize my amateur analysis doesn’t apply to everyone. No need to bombard me with replies. It’s just a tiny sampling of what I have observed. )

    1. Yeah, almost all of it is the willing disbelief. I also have a Catholic sister. She literally – *literally* – always has Fox on, except maybe when everyone’s asleep. It’s spooky, the endless TV as much as the Fox.
      But there’s also this privilege subtext (not very sub) of “I’m white and fairly well-off, this shouldn’t be my problem”.

  2. Seriously, how is CBS not slapping this map up every night during the evening news – ideally with a big “Breaking! News!” buildup. Even the whackos who are dead (and I mean dead) set against getting the shot might think to do what we were all doing pre-vaccine – stay in, WFH, bake some bread maybe…

    1. Repeating, not a problem as Trump said covid-19 would miraculously disappear by summer 2020. So it shall be written, so it shall be done!

      Do you believe in miracles? Indeed, many hearken back to the glory days of 2020. 😛

      Yielding back the balance of my time …

      1. Yes, I as recall, Trump said Covid would “go away like a thing that goes away.” How much more concrete and specific can you get?

        1. In cases where Trump’s words conflict with reality, reality has it wrong. Trump’s word is definitive. And don’t even get me STARTED on the man’s eloquence.

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