The US Covid situation is as dire as ever, with 1,500 people dying each day — an average of 150,000 new cases each day.With more than 100,000 hospitalized Americans, the number of deaths — almost certainly an undercount — will continue to rise above the 653,000 current total. It seems sure to eclipse the death total from the 1918 influenza pandemic and is far greater than every US conflict except the Civil War.President Joe Biden, outlining a new Covid strategy on Thursday, expressed near-anger at the unvaccinated. “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,” he said, before laying out new mandates and requirements for US citizens to get the virus under control.
What’s the plan? Biden has a new six-prong strategy to deal with the virus. If you’re like me you’ve lost track of the distinct government efforts and restarts. This is just the latest read a full summary here .
The Delta Variant And COVID: What Parents Need To Know
If you have a baby at home or are expecting one in the next few months, you might be on edge for all sorts of reasons, but particularly because of COVID-19. The delta variant of the coronavirus has turned nearly every community in the country into a bright red hot spot of viral infection. Babies can’t get vaccinated against COVID-19 yet — and the youngest age included in current vaccine clinical studies is 6 months old. In fact, the rate of new cases of COVID-19 among babies and children younger than 4 years old in the U.S. recently surpassed the rate of new cases among adults older than 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (although the number of deaths among the children remains very low).
“People were saying ‘Oh, kids don’t get COVID’ — that’s really not true,” says Dr. Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician in suburban Atlanta. “They are getting it at the same rates as we would expect, based on their [portion of the] population.”