Thoughts & Essays

Checking in on the COVID-19 situation in America…

Oh, it’s bad.

As of today, we have 8,695,375 cases of COVID-19 in the US. There’ve been 225,634 deaths – not counting unreported/under-reported/mis-reported deaths (states playing with their numbers to make their case counts look better, for example) and knock-on deaths (folks who, for example, didn’t go get medical care when they should’ve due to fear of catching covid and similar situations).

Numbers via the Johns Hopkins dashboard, FYI.

🔗 NBC News: For second straight day, U.S. Covid cases reach new high – “The new benchmarks were hit as the pandemic has accelerated at a pace not seen since the summer and as many local governments have reimposed restrictions to stop the spread of a virus that has killed 225,108 people in the U.S., according to the latest tally.”

🗨️ “We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas.” – Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff.

I’ll just point out that we don’t yet have a vaccine, and we also don’t have a plan to distribute a vaccine after we manage to develop one. Also, we’ve so far discovered exactly one (1) drug that has any appreciable effect on COVID-19, and it’s an old steroid, dexamethasone, that you’re only supposed to use for covid if the person has a severe case. All the other therapies and drugs have either washed out or are still under development and not available to the public in any meaningful way.

Wash your hands, wear your masks, stay the fuck away from each other, and don’t make big plans for Christmas and Thanksgiving.