Just a little more than halfway into January, the US has added nearly 4 million new cases of COVID and the death toll will hit 400,000 today.
That is staggering. It’s:
- more than the number of Americans who died in World War I,Vietnam War and the Korean War combined
- nearly as many Americans who died in. all of World War II. (nothing close to the 6 million Jews, but the world has tallied more than 1/3 of that and counting…)
One day last week 4400 people died. That is the same as 11 jumbo jets crashing and killing everyone.
In one day.
Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN,
“The numbers are quite dire. This is a screaming level of transmission across the United States and people are scared, people are upset. There is an enormous amount of work that’s going to have to happen starting January 20.”
Each day, hundreds of thousands more infections are reported, and the true number of infections may be much, much higher.
Hotez estimates it’s closer to a million new infections daily.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the new incoming director of the CDC told Face the Nation,
“By the middle of February, we expect half a million deaths in this country.
We still yet haven’t seen the ramifications of what happened from the holiday travel, from holiday gathering, in terms of high rates of hospitalizations and the deaths thereafter.”
More than double the COVID cases we had this last spring are currently hospitalized. 124,300 Americans.
It is bad.
In Georgia, one hospital was so full they had to treat patients in hallways and ambulances. Dr. Deepak Aggarwal, with Northeast Georgia Medical Center said,
“We truly are in the darkest days.”
Multiple states are now reporting new cases of a COVID variant first discovered in Britain. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner says those cases of this new variant are likely to “double every week.”
“In about five weeks, this is going to start to take over.
The only backstop against this new variant is the fact that we will have a lot of infection by then so there’ll be a lot of immunity in the population, and we will be vaccinating more people. But this really changes the equation and I think what we’re looking at is a relentless strike from this virus, heading into the spring.
We could have persistently high levels of infection in the spring until we finally get enough people vaccinated.”
According to the latest data from the CDC, more than 12.2 million Americans have gotten their first dose of the vaccine and more than 31 million doses have been distributed across the country. (Enough for less less than 10% of the population.)
Biden is in office starting this Wednesday and Thursday, he is hitting the ground running. By opening up eligibility to more people, creating more vaccination sites and taking measures to increase vaccine supply and distribution.
“Our plan is as clear as it is bold: Get more people vaccinated for free. Create more places for them to get vaccinated. Mobilize more medical teams to get the shots in people’s arms. Increase supply and get it out the door as soon as possible.”
He’s “convinced” that his administration can meet their goal of getting out 100 million vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office. Dr. Anthony Fauci has said he “strongly” believes that’s doable.
“If we get about 70% to 85% of the people in the country vaccinated, we likely will get to that umbrella of herd immunity.
We can start approaching some form of normality, but it’s really going to be dependent on the uptake of vaccines.”