The explosive surge of COVID-19 infections caused by the Omicron variant is quickly waning across the United States. New infections have dropped dramatically in all parts of the country including areas that only recently were confronted with variant. Despite this, hospitals still house large numbers of ill individuals. While a smaller percentage of COVID patientsContinue reading “Omicron — the tale of two surges.”
Category Archives: Mortality
More Info: Yahoo’s reported COVID outbreak in Wisconsin.
One of my readers found this data in a tweet from twitter.com/SeanTrende. He was also concerned by reports about increases in cases in Wisconsin, but was able to find the percent positive rate of the state’s testing. As you can see, the rate of positive tests continues to decrease. This suggests that the increase inContinue reading “More Info: Yahoo’s reported COVID outbreak in Wisconsin.”
Yahoo reports “record, daily COVID outbreak in Wisconsin” that does not appear to exist.
Yahoo news goes off the rails again, this time about a Wisconsin “COVID Record!” Yahoo reported Wisconsin saw a “record number of new coronavirus cases and deaths today.” This was a bit confusing as they said “Wisconsin saw a record number of new coronavirus cases and deaths reported in a single day on Wednesday, two weeks after theContinue reading “Yahoo reports “record, daily COVID outbreak in Wisconsin” that does not appear to exist.”
A modest proposal: how to totally normalize life in America and still prevent excess mortality from COVID-19.
We need a plan to move the country forward and need one now. I am tired of hearing arguments based on “breaking news,” supercomputer modeling or economic formulas. I am therefore proposing this simple way to allow most people to lead normal lives while avoiding most (94%) deaths from COVID-19. There is now a significantContinue reading “A modest proposal: how to totally normalize life in America and still prevent excess mortality from COVID-19.”
Can “Excess Mortality” numbers guide the way forward?
Two physicians, Dr. Jeremy Faust from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Dr. Carlos del Rio, professor of medicine and global health at Emory University, have proposed that the metric of “excess mortality” be used to define when it is safe to “reemerge” from our current restrictions in an opinion piece in the Washington Post.Continue reading “Can “Excess Mortality” numbers guide the way forward?”
Is Michigan really “leading the country” for COVID-19 deaths?
Today I address a remarkable announcement from CBS WWMT (Channel 3) in Grand Rapids Michigan. Their website proudly announces that Michigan has “the nation’s highest COVID-19 death rate.” They also definitively state that the elevated COVID-19 death rate in some Michigan counties was based on “differences in economics.” They came to this conclusion because theyContinue reading “Is Michigan really “leading the country” for COVID-19 deaths?”
IN REALITY, WHO GETS SICK FROM COVID?
Summary: Almost everyone hospitalized with COVID-19 has a pre-existing health problem! One of the things I find most frustrating is how the news media has not accurately portrayed the health risks from COVID-19. It seems there is an ongoing effort to scare the general population about their risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19.Continue reading “IN REALITY, WHO GETS SICK FROM COVID?”
Wonderful News From NYC You Don’t See On TV!
In the media’s rush to point out the ongoing problems with COVID-19, they seemed to have missed a major story! These are the daily COVID death and hospitalization statistics from the NYC government website. The Hospitalizations (upper panel) peaked before the Deaths (lower panel), which is not surprising because most individuals are sick for someContinue reading “Wonderful News From NYC You Don’t See On TV!”
It Truly Is Getting Better (and the US is not worse than the rest of the world!)….
Today I have received a great deal of concern that the pandemic is not improving, especially in the US. The reasons for this are, in part, due to confusing and contradictory dialogues in the news. Some also have used graphics showing total death numbers to suggest the US is doing worse than the rest ofContinue reading “It Truly Is Getting Better (and the US is not worse than the rest of the world!)….”
100 million COVID Infected Americans are the “Moses” that Will Deliver Us Beyond the Pandemic
Summary The toll of this pandemic has been horrific throughout the world. Remarkable sacrifices have been made that have limited its impact Moving forward we need to understand how many people have been infected If estimates are correct, we have significant immunity to COVID-19 Immunity will allow us to move forward from this pandemic SinceContinue reading “100 million COVID Infected Americans are the “Moses” that Will Deliver Us Beyond the Pandemic”