Covid-19 infection rate growing

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In early June, the infection rate of Covid-19 testing had fallen way below 5%. Thanks to the combination of social distancing, sheltering in place, mask usage, and contact tracing we had lowered the number of daily new cases to their lowest level since early in the pandemic. Looks like June 10 was the low, with a 7-day moving average of 17,123 new positive tests out of 419,896 administered tests.

As you can see, that average is turning up. What has changed has been the move out of our self-quarantines. We lost focus, got lazy, politically weaponized Covid. We ignored Fauci, dammit! Protesters were greeted with tear gas — a great way to spread infectious respiratory diseases. And we have re-opened states that have not been following CDC guidelines.

The data reveals this simple fact: The increase in Covid-19 cases in the USA is NOT caused by an increase in testing…

Guidelines from WHO suggests countries with extensive testing for COVID-19, should remain at 5% or lower for at least 14 days. Looks like we are coming up on that date. Don’t be surprised when the E.U. Bars American Travelers as It Reopens Borders, Citing Failures on Virus – because we suck at this.

Barry doesn’t mince words. Although I would add to his commentary on practices in general – Don’t forget our government is providing shit-for-brains leadership. It’s what can happen when you let anachronistic regulations take precedence over democracy in elections.

4 thoughts on “Covid-19 infection rate growing

  1. Ready or not says:

    WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – Government experts believe more than 20 million Americans could have contracted the coronavirus, 10 times more than official counts, indicating many people without symptoms have or have had the disease, senior administration officials said.
    (June 17, 2020) One model cited by the White House now predicts 200,000 US deaths from coronavirus by October 1 — an increase of 30,000 deaths since last week’s projection by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
    “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
    Philip K. Dick, “I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon” (1980)

  2. Working stiff says:

    “The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to strike down what remains of Obamacare after waves of Republican legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act, telling the court in a brief filed late Thursday that the “the entire ACA must fall.” The move comes has hundreds of thousands of newly out-of-work Americans have used the Obama-era health care law to get coverage during the coronavirus pandemic. Dismantling the law, an obsession of Republican lawmakers for a full decade now, would leave more than 20 million people without health coverage. Despite having a decade to come up with an alternative to the law, and two years in control of the White House and both houses of Congress, Republicans have offered no viable alternative for how to make sure Americans can go to the doctor.”
    “You’ll Never See a Billionaire in a Hospital Waiting Room : “People who are big donors often have a sort of golden pass.”
    “The Rich Are Riding Out The Coronavirus Pandemic Very Differently Than The Rest Of Us” (Forbes April 1, 2020)

  3. Update says:

    “How a mutation on the novel coronavirus has come to dominate the globe” (La Jolla Institute for Immunology July 2, 2020) It is extremely important for researchers to track antigenic drift as they design vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19. (see link)
    “Live updates: U.S. sets record for new coronavirus cases, surpassing 53,000” (Washington Post July 2, 2020 at 6:28 PM EDT)
    “Young people are throwing coronavirus parties with a payout when one gets infected, official says”

  4. Update says:

    (8/17/20) COVID-19 is currently the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., eight months after the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in the country.
    The U.S. has confirmed more than 5.4 million cases of COVID-19, leading to at least 170,434 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. (updated)
    The country has been recording an average of more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths per day over the past three weeks, according to New York Times data.

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