Where are we at with COVID-19 heading into the holiday?

Entering the Christmas holiday, the good news once again is that over the past seven days both new Corona virus infections and deaths from COVID-19 are down significantly. The problem is that despite these decreases, both absolute numbers are still high and could rise significantly due to holiday related travel.

Increases in new cases have stopped in all but a few states (TX, CA in particular look very red!), but the overall numbers remain disconcertingly high
The increases have stopped but the total number of infections and deaths from COVID-19 remain very high going into the holiday. In particular, we still had 2,400 COVID-19 deaths yesterday.

This is similar to Thanksgiving, when the numbers were high but the increases had stopped. What happens from here depends on the holiday. Even if people travel, masking around non-household members and social distancing would be crucial. It will be a few months before any effect will be seen from the vaccine campaign, so every bit helps, especially in places (California and Tennessee) where hospitals are already overwhelmed.

Published by jbakerjrblog

Immunologist, former Army MD, former head of allergy and clinical immunology at University of Michigan, vaccine developer and opinionated guy.

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