Guys, Tiger Beat says it’s really serious (emphasis mine):
The United States’ surging coronavirus outbreak is on pace to hit nearly 1 million new cases a week by the end of the year — a scenario that could overwhelm health systems across much of the country and further complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s attempts to coordinate a response.
From the L.A. Times email thingie:
The country reported more than 126,000 positive cases and more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. It marked the fourth day in a row that new cases topped more than 100,000.
It was widely reported yesterday that over 10M Americans were already infected and that’s as we head indoors for winter and for family-centric gatherings, which you know, often includes cramming into an aluminum tube with strangers and recycled air for hours. Gonna repeat myself: Don’t go anywhere, don’t have guests. Chill and Netflix, baby (Hubba-hubba!). We continue.
It’s so serious that even ruby-red Utah is taking it seriously:
Utah governor orders statewide mask mandate, new coronavirus restrictions
Utah’s governor declared a new state of emergency late Sunday after the state’s most devastating week of the pandemic, as COVID-19 infections skyrocketed and deaths hit new highs. His big concern is the surge in hospitalizations that may soon overwhelm doctors and nurses.
Gov. Gary Herbert issued a series of new restrictions, including a statewide mask mandate — a step he has resisted for months.
But there’s some positive news:
Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech is strongly effective, early data from large trial indicate
Pfizer and partner BioNTech said Monday that their vaccine against Covid-19 was strongly effective, exceeding expectations with results that are likely to be met with cautious excitement — and relief — in the face of the global pandemic.
The vaccine is the first to be tested in the United States to generate late-stage data. The companies said an early analysis of the results showed that individuals who received two injections of the vaccine three weeks apart experienced more than 90% fewer cases of symptomatic Covid-19 than those who received a placebo. For months, researchers have cautioned that a vaccine that might only be 60% or 70% effective.
And sometime today, Handsome Joe Biden is gonna announce his own Trump-Virus task force, which allegedly might include Science! Medicine! —and not politics and loyalty oaths, go figure. (Emphasis is Tiger Beat’s, and no, I dunno why) :
“The United States’ surging coronavirus outbreak is on pace to hit nearly 1 million new cases a week by the end of the year — a scenario that could overwhelm health systems across much of the country and further complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s attempts to coordinate a response.
“Biden, who is naming his own coronavirus task force Monday, has pledged to confront new shortages of protective gear for health workers and oversee distribution of masks, test kits and vaccines while beefing up contact tracing and reengaging with the World Health Organization. He will also push Congress to pass a massive Covid-19 relief package and pressure the governors who’ve refused to implement mask mandates for new public health measures as cases rise.
“But all of those actions — a sharp departure from the Trump administration’s patchwork response that put the burden on states— will have to wait until Biden takes office. Congress, still feeling reverberations from the election, may opt to simply run out the clock on its legislative year. Meanwhile, the virus is smashing records for new cases and hospitalizations as cold weather drives gatherings indoors and people make travel plans for the approaching holidays.”
Our pals at Electoral-Vote has some details that the others missed:
Biden will name his coronavirus task force today. It will be co-chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and former FDA Commissioner David Kessler. It is likely that it will pay more attention to science and less to politics than the current one, which is chaired by Mike Pence.
I don’t know if the cavalry will arrive in time. The logistics for getting the world immunized is unimaginably complicated, let along our own bumbling American selves. This is a time when herd mentality really is a factor. And given how Lord Damp Nut screwed the
pornstar, er, pooch, I’m not sure how much to trust this vaccine. It’s going to depend on what Fauci says.
UPDATE 1: Junior Mints is an incredible shitheel: