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    Dear Reader:

    Worldometer(October 13): Over 8 million cases and over 220 thousand deaths in the U.S., 45,701 new cases and 316 new deaths yesterday, down from 723 new deaths three days ago and 909 new deaths four days ago.

    In Florida, there were 1,533 new cases and 48 new deaths yesterday, down from 115 new deaths four days ago, and 158 new deaths five days ago.

    In Indiana, there were 1,574 new cases and 6 new deaths yesterday. In North Carolina there were 1,276 new cases and 3 new deaths yesterday, down from 29 new deaths five days ago.

    Yesterday, in the U.K., there were 13,970 new cases and 50 new deaths. There were 13,582 new cases and 125 new deaths in Russia. There were 9,286 new cases and 65 new deaths in Spain.

    Yesterday, there were zero new cases and zero new deaths in China (it’s been so since April 18); zero new cases and zero new deaths in New Zealand; 1 new case and zero new deaths in Vietnam; 2 new cases and zero new deaths in Taiwan; 4 new cases and 1 new death in Singapore; 5 new cases and zero new deaths in Thailand; 11 new cases and zero new deaths in Hong Kong; 97 new cases and 1 new death in South Korea.

    CNN: Covid-19 surge is here(Oct 13): “Just as predicted, the US is now grappling with a new Covid-19 surge — one that could overwhelm hospitals, kill thousands of Americans a day by January, and leave even young survivors with long-term complications.

    “‘We went down to the lowest point lately in early September, around 30,000-35,000 new cases a day. Now we’re back up to (about) 50,000 new cases a day. And it’s going to continue to rise,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

    “‘This is the fall/winter surge that everyone was worried about. And now it’s happening. And it’s happening especially in the northern Midwest, and the Northern states are getting hit very hard — Wisconsin, Montana, the Dakotas. But it’s going to be nationally soon enough.'”

    “Across the country, 33 states have reported more Covid-19 cases this past week compared to the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University…. ‘This winter — this November, December, January, February — could be the worst time in our epidemic,’ Hotez said. ‘Get ready to hunker down.’ As we’ve seen throughout this pandemic, surges in new Covid-19 cases lead to increased hospitalizations and deaths in the coming weeks. At least 10 states have reported record-high Covid-19 hospitalizations since Friday, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.”

    CNN: The US and Europe face rising Covid-19 case numbers as they squander lessons from Asia Pacific(Oct 13): “While the Asia-Pacific region treads water until a coronavirus vaccine is found, the West’s biggest economies are drowning as a second wave firmly establishes itself in Europe…

    “There are now more patients in hospital with Covid-19 in England than there were in March, when a nationwide lockdown was imposed, according to Johnson and health officials. France and the Netherlands broke their own records over the weekend, reporting the highest numbers of confirmed Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. In the United States, there were more new positive cases in the White House on October 2 than in the whole of Taiwan….

    “Seven months after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic, life is closer to normal in the Asia-Pacific region thanks to the basic lessons of epidemiology: clear communication, quarantines, border controls, aggressive testing and contact tracing, Kenji Shibuya, the Director of the Institute for Population Health at King’s College London, told CNN.

    “Nightclubs remain open in Taiwan, which also held its first full capacity arena show in August. Thousands were pictured visiting the Great Wall of China last week, months after an estimated 20,000 packed into a New Zealand stadium for a rugby match. European countries with successful pandemic responses, like Germany, have taken this approach.

    “But experts say Spain, the US and the UK are seeing cases skyrocket, and cracks appear in the political and public consensus, after they opted to prematurely re-open their economies without heeding those rules. Spain’s government declared a state of emergency on Friday in the country’s worst-hit Madrid region, in order to override regional leaders’ objections to the restrictions. In the UK, Johnson’s muddled messaging and a lack of transparency in decision-making have drawn criticism from across the political spectrum…

    “Resurgences of Covid-19 in the Asia-Pacific region look a lot different to what is happening in the West. New Zealand pretty much eradicated community transmission within its borders after a minor outbreak in August, during which the virus’ spread never rose beyond 19 new infections a day… Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand have largely kept their borders closed to visitors, with returning citizens and work permit holders being quarantined at home or at designated facilities.

    “The same is true in Vietnam, which remains closed to most international travelers and, like many countries in the region, has encouraged citizens to holiday within its borders. The lower-middle income country has taken a proactive approach to the outbreak, bringing infections down to the single digits in October, little more than two months after authorities evacuated 80,000 local tourists from the resort city of Da Nang after three residents tested positive for the virus. By contrast, the European Union resumed inter-regional tourism in June, even though many European countries were slow to require visitors to undergo routine testing on arrival…

    “Taiwan and South Korea, which had the world’s second highest number of cases in February, kept a handle on outbreaks without blunt instruments like lockdowns thanks to their gold standard test and tracing systems, and a transparent communication strategy that has kept the public on side. The UK deploys conventional contact-tracing methods, which identify cases and track down the people they met after they became infectious, says McKee. Meanwhile, Asian countries like South Korea have relied on what is known as backwards tracing, which attempts to identify the event, place or source of an infection…

    “Asia-Pacific’s response has been shaped by the 2003 SARS outbreak. Trauma from that period meant many Asian countries were better prepared and better resourced to act decisively at start of the pandemic with public approval… Heidi Tworek, an associate professor of international history and public policy at the University of British Columbia.. authored a report on democratic communications during the pandemic.

    “The report analyzed three democratic jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region — Taiwan, New Zealand, and South Korea — and found that cohesive messages from those governments were useful in forestalling ‘compliance fatigue’ and laid the foundation for vaccine uptake. ‘They also matter for cultivating trust among citizens and their governments — trust that is critical for the future stability of democratic institutions,’ the report stated.

    “That trust can easily be lost. A study in The Lancet found that when Johnson’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, broke lockdown rules but faced no consequences, it undermined the public’s faith in the government’s ability to handle the pandemic. The opposite happened in New Zealand, where David Clark, its Health Minister, was demoted in April 2020 after twice breaking the country’s Covid-19 regulations. He resigned in July and goodwill for the government has remained.

    “New Zealand and South Korea adopted a “division-of-labour approach to communicating political and scientific information,” the report noted. Public health officials would first deliver the science. The message would be humanized and reinforced with meaning by politicians like New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern or South Korea’s President Moon Jae-on in televised addresses or Facebook lives, Tworek said.

    “Misinformation and conspiracies were tackled in South Korea and Taiwan via high quality information being pushed out on multiple channels, Tworek added. To engage the public, the Taiwanese government worked with local comedians to create memes for their “humor over rumor” strategy. It included the use of a cartoon “spokesdog,” a Shiba Inu called Zongchai, to help communicate its policies. One meme showed that the 1.5 meter indoor social distancing policy equated to the length of three Shiba Inu, while the outdoor social distancing policy was two Shiba Inu.

    “Masks were distributed to Taiwanese households at the start of the pandemic — many of them in a shade of pink. After hearing that male students were being bullied for wearing pink masks at schools, officials wore pink face coverings at their daily briefing. “It is fantastic because it’s not just about countering disinformation, it is about countering stigma and prejudice,” Tworek said. “This is not rocket science. These are basic tenets of health and risk communications [in order to] establish trust.”


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    Dear Reader:

    Worldometer, Thursday, Oct 15: yesterday, there have been almost 60 thousand new cases in the U.S. (970 new deaths). In Canada, Europe and in Russia, yesterday- there were over 22.5 thousand new cases in France (104 new deaths); an all time pandemic high of close to 20 thousand new cases in the U.K., (137 new deaths);  an all time pandemic high of over 14 thousand new cases in Russia (239 new deaths); almost 12 thousand new cases in Spain (209 new deaths); an all time pandemic high of over 9.5 thousand new cases in the Czech Republic (66 new deaths- an all time pandemic high); an all time pandemic high of over 7 thousand new cases in Italy; a second-all time high of over 7.3 thousand new cases in Belgium (33 new deaths); a second-all time pandemic high of over 7.2 thousand new cases in the Netherland (43 new deaths); an all time pandemic high of over 6.5 thousand new cases in Poland (116 new deaths- an all time pandemic high); over 6 thousand new cases in Germany (31 new deaths); Canada’s all time pandemic high was yesterday, over 4 thousand new cases (10 new deaths); an all time pandemic high of close to 3 thousand new cases in Switzerland (4 new deaths); an all time pandemic high of over 2 thousand new cases in Portugal (7 new deaths); an all time pandemic high of over 1.3 thousand new cases in Austria (11 new deaths).

    The Wall Street Journal: Europe overtakes U.S. in New Cases of Covid-19 (Oct 14): “Europe has reached a tipping point in its fight to contain a second wave of the coronavirus, overtaking the U.S. in a key metric that tracks the virus’s spread. Months after authorities flattened the curve of coronavirus infections across Europe by imposing some of the Western world’s toughest restrictions on millions of people, the virus has crept back onto the continent. Hospitals are filling up. Bars and cafes are closing down. On Wednesday, France declared a state of emergency and announced a nightly curfew for the Paris region and eight other metropolitan areas across the country…

    “The 27 countries of the European Union and the U.K. recorded 78,000 cases a day on average over a seven-day period ending on Oct. 12, or 152 cases for every million residents. The U.S. recorded 49,000 a day on average over the same period, about 150 for every million residents…

    “Europe continues to trail the U.S. in average daily deaths per capita. Over the same seven-day period, the U.S. recorded an average of 2 deaths a day per million residents, double the European average…Countries including France, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and the U.K. reported new daily infections in excess of 250 per million people a day—higher than the U.S. reported during its July peak…

    “The rise in cases has begun to show up in increased hospital admissions. The ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) said in its latest surveillance report that in 19 European countries, including France, Spain and the U.K., the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 in early October was around a quarter or more of the level it reached during the pandemic’s April peak.

    “Some health authorities say that this time around they are detecting cases earlier—when they are less severe—and hospitals are better prepared to treat them… A main reason Europe hasn’t experienced a spike in deaths, similar to the one that occurred during the spring, is that the virus has mostly spread among younger people who are less likely to become severely ill from it. Older generations with higher mortality rates have managed to keep their distance.

    “There are signs, however, that the dam between young and old is under strain. A study led by Imperial College London estimated that around three in every 1,000 U.K. residents aged 65 and over were infected with the virus in early October—an eightfold increase from the level a month earlier. Those aged 18 to 24 were most exposed, with an estimated 12 in every 1,000 of them believed infected. Data from English hospitals shows admissions for Covid-19 are low but increasing fastest among those over 85.”

    Bloomberg: London Facing Tougher Curbs, Curfew Set for Paris: Virus Update (Oct 15): “The U.K. government imposed tougher curbs on London in a bid to contain a spike in new cases, while France set a curfew in Paris. European nations from Germany to Italy to the Czech Republic reported record increases in new infections…

    “The virus’s comeback in the U.S. has reached the vast majority of the country, with trends worsening in 46 states and the nation’s capital…

    “Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz urged the country’s provinces to tighten regional measures as new infections hit another record on Thursday… European Union Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides stepped up warnings about the spread of the coronavirus in the 27-nation bloc. ‘It is with great concern that I am witnessing the increasingly rapid rise of infection rates all across the EU,’ Kyriakides said in a statement on Thursday in Brussels. ‘Time is running out — everyone’s first priority should be to do what it takes to avoid the devastating consequences of generalized lockdowns.’…

    Czechs prepares to turn stadiums into hospitals: the country needs to start building alternative health-care facilities in places such as stadiums and spas as soon as this weekend to relieve hospitals facing the threat of being overrun with covid patients, Prime Minister Andrej Babis said…Poland is considering announcing a so-called red zone in the entire country, which would implement further restrictions on weddings and could mean limiting the number of people in stores among others, according to the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna newspaper.”



    Dear Reader:

    CNN: Herd immunity is not the way out of the coronavirus pandemic, experts say (Oct 15): “A vaccine is still the best way to bring an end to the Covid-19 pandemic, health experts say, adding that pursuing herd immunity would be dangerous. The idea of letting the virus run unchecked through communities ‘misses the basic point that we’re all connected,’ former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Thomas Frieden told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

    “Frieden was responding to recent efforts to promote herd immunity as an answer to Covid-19. The idea is being pushed by those eager to stop the economic damage the pandemic has caused…A vaccine could be available to some groups by the end of the year. But some politicians hoping to reverse the economic havoc from the pandemic have embraced the idea of letting the virus spread until enough people have been infected and developed immunity that there is no where for it to spread next…

    “But the idea is ‘a dangerous fallacy unsupported by scientific evidence’ that risks ‘significant morbidity and mortality across the whole population,’ 80 scientists from around the world wrote in an open letter. ‘Any infection anywhere is potentially a threat somewhere else because even if you feel fine and get over it with no problems, no long-term consequences, you might spread it to someone who dies from it. And that’s what we’re seeing all over the country,’ Frieden said.

    “It is impossible to keep just the vulnerable protected from the spread, Frieden said. And letting the virus run rampant would likely lead to recurring epidemics because there is no evidence that people are protected long-term after they have been infected, according to the letter.

    “The best way to achieve widespread immunity, Frieden said, will be through a vaccine. ‘The concept (of herd immunity) really comes from vaccines,’ Frieden said. ‘When you vaccinate enough people, the disease stops spreading, and that might be 60%, 80%, 90% for different diseases.'”



    Dear Reader:

    Worldometer, Oct 16: The all-time pandemic high of new cases in the U.S. was on July 24, almost 79 thousand new cases on that day. Sept 7 had the lowest number of new cases since July 24: just over 25.8 thousand new cases on that day. Yesterday, Oct 15, there were over 66 thousand new cases, higher than yesterday, and the highest since Aug 1. There were 874 new deaths yesterday in the U.S..

    Yesterday was an all-time pandemic high for the following countries: France, with over 30.6 thousand new case; the Czech Republic with over 9.7 thousand new cases; Italy, with just over 8.8 thousand new cases; Poland and Belgium, with over 8 thousand new cases each; the Netherlands, with almost 7.8 thousand new cases; Germany with over 7 thousand new cases; Austria, with over 1.5 thousand new cases, and Bulgaria with close to a thousand new cases.

    Yesterday was the U.K. second all-time pandemic high of new cases, just under 19 thousand(second to the day before yesterday); Romania over 4 thousands (second to the day before yesterday); Switzerland with over 2.6 thousand new cases (second to the day before yesterday), and Ireland, with over a thousand new cases (second to April 10).

    The Hill: Key coronavirus model predicts nearly 80 percent rise in deaths by February (Oct 16): “A key model foresees approximately 171,000 more coronavirus related deaths by February 2021, a number that would represent a spike of 78 percent. The model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine suggests there will be roughly 389,087 deaths by Feb. 1.

    “If all Americans use face masks, the model’s best-case scenario projects 314,000 deaths by that date. The model, however, foresees more than 477,000 deaths if mask mandates are eased. ‘We expect deaths to stop declining and begin increasing in the next one to two weeks,’ researchers said, according to CNN. ‘The winter surge appears to have begun somewhat later than the surge in Europe. Daily deaths will reach over 2,000 a day in January even with many states reimposing mandates before the end of the year.’…

    “Public health experts are warning that rising cases will continue to spike as the weather cools and people move indoors… Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, on Thursday warned that American families should ‘evaluate the risk-benefit’ of having a Thanksgiving gathering with regard to spreading coronavirus… He called the current situation in the U.S. ‘quite concerning [and] we’ve really got to double down on the fundamental public health measures that we talk about every single day because they can make a difference.'”



    Dear Reader:

    Worldometer, Oct 17: there were over 71.6 thousand new cases in the U.S. yesterday, an increase from the day before. (There were only seven days in July with higher daily new cases than yesterday). The following U.S. stated experienced their all-time pandemic high of new cases yesterday: Wisconsin (3,861), North Carolina (2,684), Minnesota (2,290), Kansas (1,805), Colorado (1,312), Idaho (1,094), North Dakota (864), Wyoming (290). The following US states experienced their second all-time pandemic high of new cases yesterday: Illinois (5,103),  Michigan (2,206), Ohio (2,104) and Iowa (1,790).

    In the U.S., there were 928 new deaths yesterday, an increase from the day before.

    The following countries experienced their all-time pandemic high of new cases yesterday: Russia (15,150), The Czech Republic (11,102), Belgium (10,448), Italy (10,010), The Netherlands (7,984), Ukraine (5,992), Romania (4,026). Poland had its second all-time pandemic high yesterday,  of 7,705 new cases.

    CNN: US Coronavirus, Fauci warns that Covid-19 infection rates are too high heading into winter (Oct 16): “The number of coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 8 million on Friday as health officials from coast to coast scramble to contain the rising rate of infections. The case numbers are steadily increasing daily, according to data from Johns Hopkins University… ‘You can’t enter into the cool months of the fall and the cold months of the winter with a high community infection baseline,’ Fauci said in a John Hopkins virtual event posted Friday…

    “Hospitalizations increased as well. Seven states saw a record for Covid-19 hospitalizations Thursday — Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, according to the Covid Tracking Project. The test positivity has gotten much worse in certain states — sitting above 20% Friday in Idaho, Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin. US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Friday in a news conference that Wisconsin is now considered a ‘red state’ because the positivity rate is “going in the wrong direction.”..

    “It doesn’t have to be this way. Experts have repeatedly said that doubling down on simple safety measures including masks, social distancing and hand washing can help slow transmission of the virus. Universal mask wearing could save the lives of more than 70,000 Americans in the next three and a half months, according to IHME” (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research institute working in the area of global health statistics at the University of Washington in Seattle).

    The Wall Street Journal, More than 1,000 current and former CDC officers condemn U.S Covid-19 response (Oct 16): “More than 1,000 current and former officers of an elite disease-fighting program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have signed an open letter expressing dismay at the nation’s public-health response to the Covid-19 pandemic and calling for the federal agency to play a more central role.

    “‘The absence of national leadership on Covid-19 is unprecedented and dangerous,’ said the letter, signed by current and former officers of the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service of outbreak investigators. ‘CDC should be at the forefront of a successful response to this global public health emergency.’… All of the signatories were writing to ‘express our concern about the ominous politicization and silencing of the nation’s health protection agency’ during the current pandemic, said their letter, which was published Friday in the Epidemiology Monitor, a newsletter for epidemiologists.

    “‘CDC has today, as it has every day during its 74-year history, provided the best available information and recommendations to the American public,’ the agency said in a response to the letter. ‘Since January, more than 5,200 CDC personnel have dedicated themselves to protecting the health of the American people.’

    “Long regarded as the world’s premier public health agency, the CDC normally plays a leading role globally in a response to epidemics. The Trump administration has been deeply involved at times in the shaping of scientific recommendations at the CDC during the pandemic, raising objections to guidelines for reopening churches and schools and for wearing masks, The Wall Street Journal reported. An administration spokesman said that ‘the CDC occupies a critical seat on the (coronavirus) task force, which is made up of public health leaders with an array of valuable expertise.’

    “Trust has eroded in the agency, a recent poll showed. Former agency officials and other public health professionals have spoken up in defense of the CDC, and argue it needs to resume its leading and science-based role heading the nation’s pandemic defenses…The CDC’s recommendations and leadership are critical to help often under-resourced state and local health departments respond effectively in a pandemic, said Jeanette Stehr-Green, a public-health consultant in Port Angeles, Wash., who signed the letter…”




    Dear Reader:

    Worldometer, Oct 21: There are over 8.5 million cases and 226,684 deaths in the U.S., with over 62 thousand new cases and 952 new deaths yesterday (over 5.6 thousand new cases and 81 new deaths in Texas; over 4.5 thousand new cases and 33 new deaths in Wisconsin; almost 3.9 thousand new cases and 62 new deaths in California; over 3.7 thousand new cases and 41 new deaths in Illinois; over 3.6 thousand cases and 85 new deaths in Florida; over 2 thousand new cases and 8 new deaths in Ohio; over 1.5 thousand new cases and 53 new deaths in North Carolina; almost 1.3 thousand new cases and 10 new deaths in New York).

    There were over 54 thousand new cases (total of over 7.7 million cases) and 714 new deaths (total 116,639 deaths) in India, yesterday.

    Yesterday, there were over 21.3 thousand new cases (an all-time pandemic high) in the UK, and 241 new deaths; over 20.4 thousand new cases in France, and 262 new deaths; over 16 thousand new cases in Russia (an all-time pandemic-high)and 269 new deaths in Russia; over 13.8 thousand new cases in Spain (a second all time pandemic high and 218 new deaths; over 10.8 thousand new cases (a third all-time pandemic high) and 89 new deaths in Italy; over 8 thousand new cases (a second all-time pandemic high) and 46 new deaths in the Netherlands;  high over 7 thousand new cases (second all-time pandemic high) and 56 new deaths in Germany.

    CNN: US Coronavirus: US is nearing ‘rapid acceleration’ of Covid-19 cases, expert warns, as daily infections top 60,000 (Oct 21): “A leading health expert says US Covid-19 cases will begin to rapidly accelerate in a week as the country topped 60,000 new infections Tuesday — triple what the daily average was back in June, when restrictions had begun to ease. The prediction comes after several state leaders reimposed some measures to help curb the spread of the virus, fueled by small gatherings increasingly moving indoors with the colder weather, as well as other factors such as college and school reopenings…

    “‘It’s going to be a difficult fall and winter,’ Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, told CNBC Monday. ‘I think we’re about two or three weeks behind Europe — so we’re about a week away from starting to enter a period where we’re going to see a rapid acceleration in cases.’ The difference is many European countries were able to suppress their numbers of new cases over the summer, but the US entered the fall season with a relatively high baseline average of new infections — something experts warned wouldn’t help in containing another surge of cases…

    “‘We’re seeing hospitalizations go up in 42 states right now, cases are going up in 45 states, and there really is no backstop,’ Gottlieb said. ‘This fall and winter season is when the coronavirus is going to want to spread.’.. By next week or the week after that, the US could be recording up to 70,000 new cases daily, Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said Tuesday. And the numbers could keep rising after that, he said.”

    The New York Times: ‘It has hit us with a vengeance’: Coronavirus surges again across the United States (Oct 21): “As the coronavirus races across the country, it has reached every corner of a nursing home in Kansas, infecting all 62 residents inside. There are so few hospital beds available in North Dakota that patients sick with the virus are being ferried by ambulance to facilities 100 miles away. And in Ohio, more people are hospitalized with the virus than at any other time during the pandemic.

    “After weeks of warnings that cases were again on the rise, a third surge of coronavirus infection has firmly taken hold in the United States… But if earlier surges were defined by acute and concentrated outbreaks — in the Northeast this spring, and in the South during the summer — the virus is now simmering at a worrisome level across nearly the entire country…

    “‘It is a really dangerous time,’ said Dr. Tom Inglesby, an infectious-disease expert at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. ‘The majority of states are on the rise,’ he said. And at the same time, ‘there are very few places where things are stable and going down.’ The latest wave threatens to be the worst of the pandemic yet, coming as cooler weather is forcing people indoors and as many Americans report feeling exhausted by months of restrictions. Unlike earlier waves, which were met with shutdown orders and mask mandates, the country has shown little appetite for widespread new restrictions…

    “The newest surge sets the stage for a grueling winter that will test the discipline of many Americans who have spent warmer months gathering in parks and eating outdoors, where the virus is known to spread less easily. At the current rate of growth, new daily confirmed cases could soon surpass 75,687, the record set on July 16… The latest developments represent a serious new level of spread. Deaths are considered a lagging indicator of new infection, and experts believe the daily toll is likely to rise in the coming months. Nationwide, hospitalizations, the most accurate gauge of how many people are currently sick from the virus, are already trending upward, at a pace slightly lower than new infections. In North Dakota, which is leading the nation in new coronavirus cases per capita, hospitalizations and deaths are at a high, and just 20 intensive care beds were available statewide.”

    CNBC: Coronavirus likely to become as ‘endemic’ as the flu and a vaccine might not be able to stop it, top UK scientist says (Oct 20): “Covid-19 is likely to become as “endemic” as the annual flu virus, according to the U.K.’s chief scientific advisor. A vaccine is not likely to eradicate the virus, the advisor cautioned. London- .. Some potential vaccines are in late-stage trials, but Patrick Vallance said none is likely to eradicate the virus.

    “‘The notion of eliminating Covid from anywhere is not right, because it will come back,’ he said, noting there had only been one human disease ‘truly eradicated’ thanks to a highly effective vaccine and that was smallpox. ‘We can’t be certain, but I think it’s unlikely we will end up with a truly sterilizing vaccine, (that is) something that completely stops infection, and it’s likely this disease will circulate and be endemic, that’s my best assessment,” Vallance told the National Security Strategy Committee in London on Monday.

    “‘Clearly as management becomes better, as you get vaccination which would decrease the chance of infection and the severity of disease … this then starts to look more like annual flu than anything else, and that may be the direction we end up going,’ he said… Vallance concluded he didn’t believe there would be any vaccine available for widespread use in the community until at least spring.



    Dear Reader:

    Worldometer: An all-time pandemic high of new cases in the U.S. happened on Oct 23, with over 81.4 thousand new cases. The second all-time pandemic high of new cases in the U.S. happened yesterday, Oct. 24, with over 79.4 thousand new cases. On these two days, combined, there were There were   1,687  new deaths, making it a total of more than 230.5 thousand deaths, in the U.S.

    CNN: White House chief of staff Mark Meadows: ‘We are not going to control the pandemic’ (Oct 25):

    “White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Sunday that the US is ‘not going to control’ the coronavirus pandemic, as cases surge across the country and nearly 225,000 Americans have died from the virus. ‘We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas,’ Meadows told CNN’s Jake Tapper on ‘State of the Union.’

    “The comments from President Donald Trump’s chief of staff come as coronavirus cases surge across the US and the administration continues to consistently disregard advice from government health experts to wear masks, social distance and avoid large gatherings as a way to curb the spread of the virus. The White House is also facing a potential second outbreak of the virus after at least five people in Pence’s inner circle have tested positive in recent days, according to a source familiar with the situation…

    “Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden echoed that sentiment in a statement later Sunday, saying that Meadows ‘admitted this morning that the administration has given up on even trying to control this pandemic, that they’ve given up on their basic duty to protect the American people’

    “‘It’s long past time for President Trump and his administration to listen to the scientists, take action, and finally take seriously the threat of a virus that’s costing thousands of lives each week, shuttering our schools, and forcing millions of Americans out of work,’ Biden said.”



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