Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of March 28
This thread is posted weekly, and is intended as a place for more-casual discussion of the coronavirus and questions/updates that may not warrant their own dedicated topics. Tell us about what the situation is like where you live!
I forgot to look at US COVID numbers yesterday, so I'll do it today.
COVID cases in the US are down 9% to 8.8 per 100k. California is down 29% to 7.6, New York is up 53% to 15. There are big increases in Colorado (up 156% to 28), Texas (up 63% to 17), and Massachusetts (up 36% to 15.) Overall about 18 states are up, though some of those are in states still at very low levels. This looks to me like the start of another wave, but it's happening unevenly. Overall, the US average is still at mid-July levels, when a previous wave was starting.
Hospitalizations down 16% to 5 per 100k. California is down 18% to 4.3, and New York down 14% to 5.8. The only states with increases are Maine, New Hampshire, and Iowa. The US average is about the same as the low point in June. Filled ICU beds is the lowest since the pandemic began, about half what it was in June.
Deaths are down nationwide by 26%, to 0.23 per 100k, or 761 per day. This is approximately what it was last April. Back then it dropped slowly, reaching a low point in mid July. I'd expect the same now; there are fewer people in the hospital but I'd guess that many serious cases have been hanging on since the Omicron wave.
Will Omicron finally overpower China’s COVID defences? (Nature)
Unreported Covid Infections, Deaths Plague a Shanghai Hospital for the Elderly
Older adults can get second coronavirus booster to strengthen waning protection
Edit: the article was updated in place to say that the CDC approved it too.
I find that highly offensive :)
Clinics, hospitals brace for end of cushion for uninsured covid care (Washington Post)