Coronavirus Archive 2021 – Daily Stats and Headlines

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April 12th #COVID19 Status

Today’s overachievers:
Michigan surpasses Tennessee for the #12 slot
India records slightly lower new case count today of 160,694 – First downward movement in 7 days
As usual, with the exception of India and Mexico, Sunday’s numbers are low.

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 71,542 New U.S. cases ⬆︎
  2. 38,866New Brazil cases ⬆︎
  3. 160,694 New India cases ⬇︎
  4. 8,536 New France cases ⬇︎
  5. 8,536 New Russia cases
  6. 3,568 New UK cases ⬆︎
  7. 54,562 New Turkey cases ⬆︎
  8. 9,780 New Italy cases ⬇︎
  9. 7,446 New Spain cases ⬆︎
  10. 11,523 New Germany cases ⬇︎
  11. 11,989 New Poland cases ⬇︎
  12. 1,793 New Mexico cases ⬇︎
  13. 7,856 New Ukraine cases ⬇︎
  14. 3,757 New cases in California
  • Over 137.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.9 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 31.9 million
  • Over 71K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 137,249,457
  • Daily new cases: 620,927 ⬇︎
  • Global deaths: 2,958,323 with 9,095 new cases ⬇︎
  • Mortality rate: 2.16%
  • Recovery rate: 80.46% ⬆︎
  • U.S. cases: 31,990,143
  • U.S. new cases: 71,542 ⬆︎
  • U.S. deaths: 576,298
  • U.S. recovered: 24,560,856
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 469 ⬆︎
  • Texas cases: 2,836,228 with 5,650 new cases ⬆︎
  • Texas deaths: 49,453 – 16 Today ⬇︎
  • Dallas County cases: 294,350
  • Dallas County new cases: 416 ⬆︎
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,914 – 0 today

April 11th #COVID19 Status

Today’s overachievers:
Philippines surpasses Sweden for the #27 slot
India records highest ever new case count today of over 169,000 – Seventh Time in a week
As usual, with the exception of India and Mexico, Sunday’s numbers are low.

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 48,605 New U.S. cases ⬇︎
  2. 37,537 New Brazil cases ⬇︎
  3. 169,923 New India cases ⬆︎⬆︎ – ALL TIME HIGH AGAIN
  4. 34,895 New France cases ⬇︎
  5. 8,702 New Russia cases
  6. 1,730 New UK cases ⬇︎
  7. 50,678 New Turkey cases ⬇︎
  8. 15,737 New Italy cases ⬇︎
  9. 0 New Spain cases
  10. 16,738 New Germany cases ⬇︎
  11. 21,706 New Poland cases ⬇︎
  12. 6,356 New Mexico cases ⬆︎
  13. 12,112 New Ukraine cases ⬇︎
  14. 3,512 New cases in California
  • Over 136.6 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.9 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 31.8 million
  • Over 48K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 136,628,530
  • Daily new cases: 633,287 ⬇︎
  • Global deaths: 2,949,228 with 10,148 new cases ⬇︎
  • Mortality rate: 2.16%
  • Recovery rate: 80.42% ⬆︎
  • U.S. cases: 31,918,601
  • U.S. new cases: 48,605 ⬇︎
  • U.S. deaths: 575,829
  • U.S. recovered: 24,480,522
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 234 ⬇︎
  • Texas cases: 2,830,578 with 1,413 new cases ⬇︎
  • Texas deaths: 49,437 – 26 Today ⬇︎
  • Dallas County cases: 293,934
  • Dallas County new cases: 0 ⬇︎
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,914 – 3 today

April 10th #COVID19 Status

Today’s overachievers:
Iraq surpasses Belgium for the #25 slot
Pennsylvania surpasses Georgia for the #6 slot
India records highest ever new case count today of over 152,000 – Sixth Time in a week

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 67,224 New U.S. cases ⬇︎
  2. 69,592 New Brazil cases ⬇︎
  3. 152,673 New India cases ⬆︎⬆︎ – ALL TIME HIGH AGAIN
  4. 43,284 New France cases ⬆︎
  5. 8,704 New Russia cases ⬇︎
  6. 2,584 New UK cases ⬇︎
  7. 52,676 New Turkey cases ⬇︎
  8. 17,551 New Italy cases ⬇︎
  9. 0 New Spain cases
  10. 18,693 New Germany cases ⬇︎
  11. 24,886 New Poland cases ⬇︎
  12. 5,045 New Mexico cases
  13. 17,463 New Ukraine cases ⬇︎
  14. 3,115 New cases in California
  • Over 135.9 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.9 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 31.8 million
  • Over 67K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 135,995,243
  • Daily new cases: 705,100 ⬇︎
  • Global deaths: 2,939,080 with 11,330 new cases ⬇︎
  • Mortality rate: 2.16%
  • Recovery rate: 80.41% ⬇︎
  • U.S. cases: 31,869,996
  • U.S. new cases: 67,224 ⬇︎
  • U.S. deaths: 575,595
  • U.S. recovered: 24,423,589
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 755 ⬇︎
  • Texas cases: 2,829,165 with 2,708 new cases ⬇︎
  • Texas deaths: 49,411 – 68 Today ⬇︎
  • Dallas County cases: 293,934
  • Dallas County new cases: 275 ⬇︎
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,911 – 3 today ⬇︎

April 9th #COVID19 Status

Today’s overachievers:
Turkey leapfrogs Italy and Spain for the #7 slot
Indonesia surpasses South Africa for the #16 slot
Philippines surpasses Israel and Portugal for the #28 slot
India records highest ever new case count today of over 144,000 – Fifth Time in a week

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 85,368 New U.S. cases ⬆︎
  2. 89,090 New Brazil cases
  3. 144,829 New India cases ⬆︎⬆︎ – ALL TIME HIGH AGAIN
  4. 41,243 New France cases ⬆︎⬆︎
  5. 9,150 New Russia cases ⬆︎
  6. 3,150 New UK cases ⬆︎
  7. 55,791 New Turkey cases
  8. 18,924 New Italy cases ⬆︎
  9. 10,875 New Spain cases ⬆︎
  10. 22,281 New Germany cases ⬇︎
  11. 28,523 New Poland cases ⬆︎
  12. 5,140 New Mexico cases
  13. 19,676 New Ukraine cases
  14. 3,789 New cases in California ⬆︎
  • Over 135.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.9 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 31.8 million
  • Over 85K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 135,290,143
  • Daily new cases: 785,460 ⬇︎
  • Global deaths: 2,927,750 with 13,410 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.16% ⬇︎
  • Recovery rate: 80.47% ⬇︎
  • U.S. cases: 31,802,772
  • U.S. new cases: 85,368 ⬆︎
  • U.S. deaths: 574,840
  • U.S. recovered: 24,346,776
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 984 ⬇︎
  • Texas cases: 2,826,457 with 3,018 new cases ⬇︎
  • Texas deaths: 49,343 – 107 Today ⬆︎
  • Dallas County cases: 293,659
  • Dallas County new cases: 294 ⬆︎
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,908 – 9 today ⬆︎

April 8th #COVID19 Status

Today’s overachievers:
Poland surpasses Columbia for the #11 slot
India records highest ever new case count today of over 131,000 – Fourth Time in a week

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 80,161 New U.S. cases ⬆︎
  2. 89,293 New Brazil cases ⬇︎
  3. 131,893 New India cases ⬆︎⬆︎ – ALL TIME HIGH AGAIN
  4. 15,869 New France cases ⬇︎
  5. 8,672 New Russia cases
  6. 3,030 New UK cases ⬆︎
  7. 17,206 New Italy cases ⬆︎
  8. 55,941 New Turkey cases ⬆︎
  9. 9,901 New Spain cases ⬆︎
  10. 24,257 New Germany cases ⬆︎⬆︎
  11. 27,899 New Poland cases ⬆︎⬆︎
  12. 5,499 New Mexico cases ⬆︎
  13. 19,419 New Ukraine cases ⬆︎
  14. 2,386 New cases in California
  • Over 134.5 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.9 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 31.7 million
  • Over 80K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 134,504,683
  • Daily new cases: 828,917 ⬆︎⬆︎
  • Global deaths: 2,914,340 with 13,928 new cases ⬇︎
  • Mortality rate: 2.17%
  • Recovery rate: 80.52% ⬇︎
  • U.S. cases: 31,717,404
  • U.S. new cases: 80,161 ⬆︎
  • U.S. deaths: 573,856
  • U.S. recovered: 24,272,869
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,007 ⬆︎
  • Texas cases: 2,823,439 with 4,437 new cases ⬆︎
  • Texas deaths: 49,236 – 98 Today ⬇︎
  • Dallas County cases: 293,365
  • Dallas County new cases: 244 ⬇︎
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,899 – 3 today

April 7th #COVID19 Status

Today’s overachievers:
Sweden surpasses both Israel and Portugal for the #27 slot
India records highest ever new case count today of over 126,000 – Third Time in a week

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 76.805 New U.S. cases ⬆︎
  2. 90,973 New Brazil cases ⬆︎
  3. 126,315 New India cases ⬆︎⬆︎ – ALL TIME HIGH AGAIN
  4. 0 New France cases ⬇︎
  5. 8,294 New Russia cases
  6. 2,762 New UK cases
  7. 13,686 New Italy cases ⬆︎
  8. 8,788 New Spain cases ⬆︎
  9. 14,936 New Germany cases ⬆︎
  10. 14,913 New Poland cases ⬆︎
  11. 4,675 New Mexico cases ⬆︎
  12. 15,415 New Ukraine cases ⬆︎
  13. 2,402 New cases in California
  • Over 133.6 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.9 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 31.6 million
  • Over 76K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 133,015,524
  • Daily new cases: 660,242 ⬆︎
  • Global deaths: 2,900,412 with 14,802 new cases ⬆︎
  • Mortality rate: 2.17%
  • Recovery rate: 80.64%
  • U.S. cases: 31,637,243
  • U.S. new cases: 76,805 ⬆︎
  • U.S. deaths: 572,849
  • U.S. recovered: 24,206,539
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 873 ⬇︎
  • Texas cases: 2,819,002 with 4,055 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 49,138 – 108 Today ⬆︎
  • Dallas County cases: 293,121
  • Dallas County new cases: 378
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,896 – 2 today

April 6th #COVID19 Status

Today’s overachievers:
No position changes today
India records highest ever new case count today of over 115,000

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 63,462 New U.S. cases ⬇︎
  2. 82,869 New Brazil cases ⬆︎
  3. 115,269 New India cases ⬆︎⬆︎ – ALL TIME HIGH
  4. 8,045 New France cases ⬇︎
  5. 8,328 New Russia cases ⬇︎
  6. 2,379 New UK cases
  7. 7,763 New Italy cases ⬇︎
  8. 6,623 New Spain cases ⬇︎
  9. 9,600 New Germany cases ⬆︎
  10. 8,243 New Poland cases ⬇︎
  11. 1,247 New Mexico cases
  12. 13,276 New Ukraine cases ⬆︎
  13. 2,239 New cases in California ⬇︎
  • Over 133 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.8 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 31.5 million
  • Over 63K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 133,015,524
  • Daily new cases: 605,006 ⬆︎
  • Global deaths: 2,885,610 with 12,202 new cases ⬆︎
  • Mortality rate: 2.17%
  • Recovery rate: 80.64% ⬆︎
  • U.S. cases: 31,560,438
  • U.S. new cases: 63,462 ⬇︎
  • U.S. deaths: 570,260
  • U.S. recovered: 24,122,221
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 978 ⬆︎
  • Texas cases: 2,814,947 with 4,613 new cases ⬇︎
  • Texas deaths: 49,030 – 94 Today ⬆︎
  • Dallas County cases: 292,743
  • Dallas County new cases: 379 ⬆︎
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,894 – 1 today ⬆︎

April 5th #COVID19 Status

As expected, Easter Numbers were substantially lower. And in some cases, there seem to have been resurrections <sarcasm> since the death counts have yielded negative numbers. I am not changing those numbers. They will self-correct in the next day or so.

Today’s overachievers:
Chechia leapfrogged South Africa for the #18 spot

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 76,645 New U.S. cases ⬆︎⬆︎
  2. 38,233 New Brazil cases ⬆︎
  3. 96,957 New India cases ⬇︎
  4. 10,793 New France cases ⬇︎⬇︎
  5. 8,646 New Russia cases ⬇︎
  6. 2,762 New UK cases
  7. 10,680 New Italy cases ⬇︎
  8. 10,360 New Spain cases ⬆︎
  9. 7,405 New Germany cases ⬇︎
  10. 9,903 New Poland cases ⬇︎
  11. 1,263 New Mexico cases
  12. 10,179 New Ukraine cases ⬇︎
  13. 3,270 New cases in California ⬆︎
  • Over 132.4 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.8 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 31.4 million
  • Over 76K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 132,410518
  • Daily new cases: 504,539 ⬇︎
  • Global deaths: 2,873,408 with 7,587 new cases ⬆︎
  • Mortality rate: 2.17%
  • Recovery rate: 80.61% ⬆︎
  • U.S. cases: 31,496,976
  • U.S. new cases: 76,645 ⬆︎
  • U.S. deaths: 569,282
  • U.S. recovered: 24,058,562
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 505 ⬆︎
  • Texas cases: 2,810,334 with 4,803 new cases ⬆︎
  • Texas deaths: 48,936 – 22 Today ⬆︎
  • Dallas County cases: 292,364
  • Dallas County new cases: 211
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,893 – 0 today

Today’s Headlines

April 5, 2021:

A dozen anti-vaccine accounts are responsible for 65% of disinformation

[CBS] A new report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate finds that “just 12 anti-vaxxers are responsible for almost two-thirds of anti-vaccine content circulating on social media platforms.” The so-called “Disinformation Dozen” remain prominent figures on platforms like Facebook and Twitter, despite repeatedly violating their terms of service, according to the center.

“Living in full view of the public on the internet are a small group of individuals who do not have relevant medical expertise and have their own pockets to line, who are abusing social media platforms to misrepresent the threat of COVID and spread misinformation about the safety of vaccines,” reads the report from the nonprofit organization, which works to disrupt “the spread of digital hate and misinformation.”

 

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India’s second wave threatens to be worse than the first one

(CNN) A familiar scene is taking place across India. In large cities, hospital beds are filling up with Covid-19 patients. Warehouses, unused trains and large public spaces are being converted into makeshift treatment centers. And restrictions are clamping back down, with new lockdowns in place.

India has plunged into its second wave — and this time, with new variants, fatigue setting in among the population, and several massive religious gatherings taking place, it threatens to be worse than the first one.
The country recorded 103,558 new cases on Monday, according to the Indian Ministry of Health — the highest single-day figure since the beginning of the pandemic.
The center identified the dozen “because they have large numbers of followers, produce high volumes of anti-vaccine content or have seen rapid growth of their social media accounts in the last two months.” Among them are Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who leads an anti-vaccine group; Dr. Joseph Mercola, who has made a fortune selling dietary supplements as alternatives to vaccines; and Ty and Charlene Bollinger, founders of “The Truth About Cancer.”

The previous record high had been in September last year, with nearly 98,000 cases in a day during the peak of the first wave. Daily cases had gradually fallen by nearly 90% to reach about 9,000 cases a day in mid-February — which was hailed as a sign that the country had controlled its outbreak.
But cases began rising again in early March. Now, less than two months later, daily cases have jumped more than tenfold.
“There is a shortage of private beds and beds in major government setups,” said Deepak Baid, president of the Association of Medical Consultants in Mumbai. “Because beds aren’t available, actually many patients are still in home quarantine, patients are getting admitted in non-Covid hospitals when they are positive.”
Monday’s figures raise the country’s total since the beginning of the pandemic to more than 12.5 million cases and 165,000 related deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
“Covid cases in India are rising very sharply at this time, very different from a year ago when the rate of increase seemed a lot less rapid,” said Ramanan Laxminarayan of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy in New Delhi.

Easter – April 4th #COVID19 Status

As expected, Easter Numbers are substantially lower. And in some cases, there seem to have been resurrections <sarcasm> since the death counts have yielded negative numbers. I am not changing those numbers. They will self-correct in the next day or so.

Today’s overachievers:
For the very first time, Global new cases are UP on a Sunday.
This is not a good trend.  Cases worldwide are spiking and new daily cases are either setting records or are higher than last summer.
The normal trend is for new case numbers to peak on Friday, go down Saturday and Sunday – and start back up Monday or Tuesday.
No position changes on Easter
India records highest ever (over 100,000) new daily cases.
The previous record was 97,859 in September 2020.

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 37,205 New U.S. cases ⬇︎⬇︎
  2. 31,359 New Brazil cases ⬇︎
  3. 103,793 New India cases ⬆︎⬆︎ ALL TIME HIGH
  4. 60,922 New France cases ⬆︎ Highest since 11/7/20
  5. 9,021 New Russia cases ⬆︎
  6. 2,297 New UK cases ⬇︎
  7. 18,017 New Italy cases ⬇︎
  8. 0 New Spain cases ⬇︎
  9. 9,611 New Germany cases ⬇︎
  10. 22,966 New Poland cases ⬇︎
  11. 1,838 New Mexico cases ⬇︎
  12. 13,738 New Ukraine cases ⬇︎
  13. 1,552 New cases in California ⬇︎
  • Over 131.9 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.8 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 31.4 million
  • Over 37K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 131,905,979
  • Daily new cases: 555,792 ⬆︎
  • Global deaths: 2,865,821 with 6,796 new cases ⬇︎
  • Mortality rate: 2.17% ⬇︎
  • Recovery rate: 80.51% ⬆︎
  • U.S. cases: 31,420,331
  • U.S. new cases: 37,205 ⬇︎⬇︎
  • U.S. deaths: 568,777
  • U.S. recovered: 23,946,703
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 264 ⬇︎⬇︎
  • Texas cases: 2,805,531 with 1,117 new cases ⬇︎
  • Texas deaths: 48,914 – 20 Today ⬇︎
  • Dallas County cases: 292,153
  • Dallas County new cases: 0
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,893 – 0 today

April 3rd #COVID19 Status

Today’s overachievers:
Iraq surpassed Israel to capture the #26 slot

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 67,158 New U.S. cases ⬇︎
  2. 41,218 New Brazil cases ⬇︎
  3. 92,998 New India cases ⬆︎ Highest since 9/18/20
  4. 19,789 New France cases ⬇︎
  5. 9,021 New Russia cases ⬆︎
  6. 3,423 New UK cases
  7. 21,247 New Italy cases
  8. 9,571 New Spain cases ⬆︎
  9. 13,641 New Germany cases ⬇︎
  10. 28,084 New Poland cases ⬇︎
  11. 3,089 New Mexico cases ⬇︎
  12. 20,341 New Ukraine cases ⬆︎
  13. 2,849 New cases in California ⬇︎
  • Over 131.3 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.8 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 31.3 million
  • Over 67K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 131,350,187
  • Daily new cases: 545,845 ⬇︎
  • Global deaths: 2,859,025 with 8,805 new cases ⬇︎
  • Mortality rate: 2.18%
  • Recovery rate: 80.50% ⬇︎
  • U.S. cases: 31,383,126
  • U.S. new cases: 67,158 ⬇︎
  • U.S. deaths: 568,513
  • U.S. recovered: 23,894,632
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 903 ⬇︎
  • Texas cases: 2,804,414 with 1,742 new cases ⬇︎
  • Texas deaths: 48,894 – 76 Today ⬇︎
  • Dallas County cases: 292,153
  • Dallas County new cases: 294 ⬆︎
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,893 – 0 today

Today’s Headlines

April 3, 2021:

COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects Are Stronger in Women

Experts say females have stronger immune response

[AARP]The day after Ronni Loundy got her second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, she could barely get out of bed.

Her husband, Marc, who was immunized at the same time, barely felt a thing, and Loundy was astounded when he headed out to play golf.

“I’m in bed with a 101-degree fever and the chills and the yuckiness and the whole thing, and he’s out playing golf,” says Loundy, 71, of Sarasota, Florida.

Loundy isn’t the only one noticing a gender difference. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that many more women than men are experiencing side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

In the first month of COVID-19 vaccinations, more than 79 percent of vaccine side effects were reported by women, even though women received just about 61.2 percent of the doses, the data shows.

In addition, severe allergic reactions to the vaccines have mostly occurred among women. Although the reactions are extremely rare, all 19 reported anaphylactic reactions to the Moderna vaccine occurred in women, and women accounted for 44 of 47 anaphylactic reactions to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, CDC data shows.

Men may not report side effects

Doctors and gender experts say they aren’t surprised that women have had stronger reactions.

“We have seen this before,” says Megan Donnelly, a doctor of osteopathic medicine and head of women’s neurology and the headache center at Novant Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. “If you look at flu vaccine data, it was more women seeing more side effects and severe reactions.”

Experts say it’s possible men are less likely than women to report post-vaccine reactions because masculine stereotypes call for men to be stoic.

“Is there a culture of men not wanting to speak up when they have symptoms? That may be part of it,” says Anne Liu, an allergist, immunologist and infectious disease specialist at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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April 2nd #COVID19 Status

Today’s overachievers:
Poland surpassed Argentina to capture the #12 slot
New Jersey surpassed North Carolina for the #9 slot

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 71,329 New U.S. cases ⬇︎
  2. 69,662 New Brazil cases ⬇︎
  3. 89,019 New India cases ⬆︎ Highest since 9/23/20
  4. 45,957 New France cases ⬇︎
  5. 8,792 New Russia cases ⬇︎
  6. 3,402 New UK cases ⬇︎
  7. 21,917 New Italy cases
  8. 0 New Spain cases ⬇︎
  9. 18,242 New Germany cases ⬇︎
  10. 30,546 New Poland cases ⬇︎
  11. 5,381 New Mexico cases
  12. 19,893 New Ukraine cases ⬆︎
  13. 3,758 New cases in California ⬆︎
  • Over 130.8 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.8 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 31.3 million
  • Over 71K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 130,804,342
  • Daily new cases: 639,703 ⬇︎
  • Global deaths: 2,839,774 with 10,446 new cases ⬇︎
  • Mortality rate: 2.18%
  • Recovery rate: 80.51% ⬇︎
  • U.S. cases: 31,315,968
  • U.S. new cases: 71,329 ⬇︎
  • U.S. deaths: 567,610
  • U.S. recovered: 23,825,896
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 999 ⬇︎
  • Texas cases: 2,800,593 with 4,677 new cases ⬆︎
  • Texas deaths: 48,818 – 106 Today ⬇︎
  • Dallas County cases: 291,859
  • Dallas County new cases: 270 ⬇︎
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,893 – 21 today ⬇︎

April 1st #COVID19 Status

Today’s overachievers:
Pennsylvania leapfrogged Ohio for the #7 position today and Minnesota surpassed Alabama for the #20 position in total Covid-19 cases.

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 78,295 New U.S. cases ⬆︎ Highest since 2/26/21
  2. 89,459 New Brazil cases
  3. 81,441 New India cases ⬆︎ Highest since 9/30/20
  4. 51,379 New France cases ⬇︎ Highest since 11/7/20
  5. 9,169 New Russia cases ⬆︎
  6. 4,478 New UK cases
  7. 22,184 New Italy cases ⬇︎ Highest since 11/7/20
  8. 7,041New Spain cases ⬇︎
  9. 23,802 New Germany cases ⬆︎
  10. 35,246 New Poland cases ⬆︎ Highest since 11/23/20
  11. 5,977 New Mexico cases ⬆︎
  12. 17,569 New Ukraine cases ⬆︎
  13. 2,649 New cases in California
  • Over 130.1 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.8 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 31.2 million
  • Over 78K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 130,164,639
  • Daily new cases: 708,818 ⬆︎ Highest Since 1/21/21
  • Global deaths: 2,839,774 with 12,216 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.18%
  • Recovery rate: 80.58% ⬇︎
  • U.S. cases: 31,244,639
  • U.S. new cases: 78,295 ⬆︎
  • U.S. deaths: 566,611
  • U.S. recovered: 23,754,391
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,355 ⬆︎
  • Texas cases: 2,800,593 with 4,677 new cases ⬆︎
  • Texas deaths: 48,712 – 208 Today ⬆︎
  • Dallas County cases: 291,589
  • Dallas County new cases: 327 ⬇︎
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,872 – 23 today ⬆︎

March 31st #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 69,190 New U.S. cases ⬆︎
  2. 89,200 New Brazil cases ⬆︎
  3. 72,182 New India cases ⬆︎
  4. 59,038 New France cases ⬆︎
  5. 8,275 New Russia cases
  6. 4,052 New UK cases
  7. 23,887 New Italy cases ⬆︎
  8. 8,534 New Spain cases ⬆︎
  9. 20,825 New Germany cases ⬆︎
  10. 32,876 New Poland cases ⬆︎
  11. 5,068 New Mexico cases ⬆︎
  12. 11,226 New Ukraine cases ⬆︎
  13. 2,505 New cases in California
  • Over 129.4 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.8 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 31.1 million
  • Over 69K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 129,455,821
  • Daily new cases: 665,831 ⬆︎
  • Global deaths: 2,827,558 with 12,398 new cases ⬆︎
  • Mortality rate: 2.18% ⬇︎
  • Recovery rate: 80.65% ⬇︎
  • U.S. cases: 31,166,344
  • U.S. new cases: 69,190 ⬆︎
  • U.S. deaths: 565,256
  • U.S. recovered: 23,673,462
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,118 ⬆︎
  • Texas cases: 2,795,916 with 3,058 new cases ⬇︎
  • Texas deaths: 48,504 – 25 Today ⬇︎
  • Dallas County cases: 291,262
  • Dallas County new cases: 364 ⬆︎
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,849 – 0 today ⬇︎

March 30th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 63,353 New U.S. cases ⬇︎
  2. 86,704 New Brazil cases ⬆︎
  3. 53,158 New India cases ⬇︎
  4. 30,702 New France cases ⬆︎
  5. 8,277 New Russia cases
  6. 4,040 New UK cases
  7. 16,055 New Italy cases ⬆︎
  8. 4,994 New Spain cases ⬇︎
  9. 13,110 New Germany cases ⬆︎
  10. 20,887 New Poland cases ⬆︎
  11. 1,292 New Mexico cases
  12. 10,533 New Ukraine cases ⬆︎
  13. 2,350 New cases in California ⬇︎
  • Over 128.7 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.8 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 31 million
  • Over 63K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 128,789,990
  • Daily new cases: 559,338 ⬆︎
  • Global deaths: 2,815,160 with 11,071 new cases ⬆︎
  • Mortality rate: 2.19%
  • Recovery rate: 80.70%
  • U.S. cases: 31,097,154
  • U.S. new cases: 63,353 ⬇︎
  • U.S. deaths: 564,138
  • U.S. recovered: 23,586796
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 932 ⬆︎
  • Texas cases: 2,792,858 with 4,112 new cases ⬆︎
  • Texas deaths: 48,479 – 109 Today ⬆︎
  • Dallas County cases: 290,898
  • Dallas County new cases: 281 ⬇︎
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,849 – 11 today ⬆︎

Today’s Headlines

March 31, 2021:

Dangerous coronavirus variant wreaks havoc in parts of Europe. Experts fear US could be next

(CNN) A dangerous coronavirus variant is already wreaking havoc in other parts of the world and an expert says it’s critical the US sticks with safety measures during the next few months to be able to beat another surge and keep people safe.

The B.1.1.7 variant, first spotted in the UK, is more contagious, may cause more severe disease and is rapidly infecting younger populations, epidemiologist Michael Osterholm told CNN on Tuesday night. Recent research suggests the strain may also be more deadly.
“If we can just hold out, if we can just get enough vaccine between now and the summer, we can actually beat this one,” Osterholm said. “But… we’re impatient.”
The variant has already fueled dangerous increases in other countries.
In France, where health officials warned last month the variant was rapidly spreading, more than 5,000 Covid-19 patients are now in ICUs — for the first time since last April. Turkish officials reported the highest daily case counts since the pandemic’s start, with most of those infections caused by the B.1.1.7 variant. In Canada, the strain has led to more infections and hospitalizations, with officials reporting rising numbers of severe illnesses, including in younger patients.
Health leaders worry the US could be headed in a similar direction — as a big part of the population remains vulnerable the virus. Only around 16.1% of Americans have been fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The trajectory of the pandemic in the United States looks similar to many other countries in Europe, including Germany, Italy and France looked like just a few weeks ago,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Monday.

March 30, 2021:

It’s possible to reach herd immunity, then lose it. Repeatedly

(CNN)If you think herd immunity is the finish line to this pandemic, it’s time for a reality check.

Herd immunity with Covid-19 could come and go, scientists say. Or we might never reach it at all.
“There’s a lot of things that have to go our way to actually get to herd immunity,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
But don’t panic. Here’s why it’s possible to dip in and out of herd immunity, and what you can do now to maximize the chances of snuffing out Covid-19 for good:

Why herd immunity is so difficult

“Herd immunity is the point where there’s enough people that have been either infected or vaccinated that you basically can’t sustain transmission in the community,” Murray said.
“And if one case leads to less than one new infection, then eventually it peters out.”
Estimates vary on how much of the population needs to have immunity to reach that goal.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said herd immunity might be reached if 70-85% of people are immune. Board-certified internist Dr. Jorge Rodriguez estimates that number is about 85-90%.
“If we vaccinate 70% of the whole US population, including kids, and then another 15-20% have already gotten (infected), I think we’re pretty close to reaching a normalcy with the virus,” he said.
But there’s a big catch: No one younger than 16 can get a coronavirus vaccine in the United States right now. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is authorized for those age 16 and older, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for adults ages 18 and older.

March 29th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 70,998 New U.S. cases ⬆︎
  2. 42,666 New Brazil cases ⬇︎
  3. 56,119 New India cases ⬇︎
  4. ⬆︎ 9,094 New France cases ⬇︎
  5. 8,711 New Russia cases ⬇︎
  6. 4,654 New UK cases ⬆︎
  7. 12,900 New Italy cases ⬇︎
  8. 6,120 New Spain cases ⬆︎
  9. 10,055 New Germany cases ⬇︎
  10. 16,957 New Poland cases ⬇︎
  11. 1,783 New Mexico cases ⬇︎
  12. 8,346 New Ukraine cases ⬇︎
  13. 3,148 New cases in California ⬆︎
  • Over 128.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.8 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 31 million
  • Over 70K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 128,230,652
  • Daily new cases: 467,404 ⬇︎
  • Global deaths: 2,804.089 with 8,104 new cases ⬆︎
  • Mortality rate: 2.19%
  • Recovery rate: 80.68%
  • U.S. cases: 30,962,803
  • U.S. new cases: 70,998 ⬆︎
  • U.S. deaths: 563,206
  • U.S. recovered: 23,509,220
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 680 ⬆︎
  • Texas cases: 2,788,746 with 3,763 new cases ⬆︎
  • Texas deaths: 48,338 – 55 Today ⬇︎
  • Dallas County cases: 290,617
  • Dallas County new cases: 509 ⬆︎
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,838 – 2 today ⬇︎

March 28th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 45,661 New U.S. cases ⬇︎
  2. 44,326 New Brazil cases ⬇︎
  3. 68,206 New India cases ⬆︎
  4. 9,088 New Russia cases ⬆︎
  5. 37,014 New France cases ⬇︎
  6. 3,862 New UK cases
  7. 19,604 New Italy cases ⬇︎
  8. 0 New Spain cases
  9. 13,651 New Germany cases ⬇︎
  10. ⬆︎31,772 New Poland cases ⬇︎
  11. 4,922 New Mexico cases ⬇︎
  12. 11,922 New Ukraine cases ⬇︎
  13. 2,086 New cases in California ⬇︎
  • Over 127.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.7 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 30.9 million
  • Over 64K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 127,763,248
  • Daily new cases: 486,741 ⬇︎
  • Global deaths: 2,795,985 with 6,888 new cases ⬇︎
  • Mortality rate: 2.19%
  • Recovery rate: 80.60%
  • U.S. cases: 30,962,803
  • U.S. new cases: 45,561 ⬇︎
  • U.S. deaths: 562,526
  • U.S. recovered: 23,410,884
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 513 ⬇︎
  • Texas cases: 2,784,983 with 3,127 new cases ⬇︎
  • Texas deaths: 48,338 – 55 Today ⬇︎
  • Dallas County cases: 290,108
  • Dallas County new cases: 0
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,836 – 10 today

March 27th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 64,110 New U.S. cases ⬇︎
  2. 83,039 New Brazil cases ⬆︎
  3. 62,631 New India cases ⬆︎
  4. 8,885 New Russia cases
  5. 42,619 New France cases ⬆︎
  6. 3,865 New UK cases
  7. 23,834 New Italy cases
  8. 0 New Spain cases
  9. 18,692 New Germany cases
  10. 5,303 New Mexico cases
  11. 31,772 New Poland cases ⬇︎
  12. 17,424 New Ukraine cases ⬇︎
  13. 2,111 New cases in California ⬇︎
  • Over 127.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.7 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 30.9 million
  • Over 64K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 127,276,507
  • Daily new cases: 580,630 ⬇︎
  • Global deaths: 2,789,097 with 9,923 new cases ⬇︎
  • Mortality rate: 2.19%
  • Recovery rate: 80.60%
  • U.S. cases: 30,917,142
  • U.S. new cases: 64,110
  • U.S. deaths: 562,013
  • U.S. recovered: 23,348,510
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 871
  • Texas cases: 2,781,856 with 3,284 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 48,283 – 97 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 290,108
  • Dallas County new cases: 312
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,826 – 5 today

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March 26, 2021:

7 in 10 people hospitalized for Covid-19 have not fully recovered five months after discharge

[CNN]Seven in 10 people hospitalized for Covid-19 have not fully recovered five months after discharge, a new study finds.

The Covid survivors continued to experience concerns with their mental and physical health, with 1 in 5 people developing a new disability, and a similar number either not working or having to change jobs due to their health, according to findings by UK researchers.
The people most likely to have persistent symptoms were middle-age White women who developed severe Covid-19, and who had at least two conditions that put them at greater risk of severe disease, such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease.
“Our results show a large burden of symptoms, mental and physical health problems and evidence of organ damage five months after discharge with COVID-19,” Rachael Evans, an associate professor at the University of Leicester and respiratory consultant at Leicester’s hospitals, said in a statement.
“It is also clear that those who required mechanical ventilation and were admitted to intensive care take longer to recover,” she said, but highlighted that much of the wide variety of persistent problems was not explained by the severity illness, indicating other underlying reasons.
The UK-wide study analyzed 1,077 people who were discharged from hospital between March and November 2020, who developed Covid-19. Among them, 67% where White, 36% were women and 50% had at least two conditions that put them at risk of severe disease.

March 26th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 78,999 New U.S. cases ⬆︎Highest day since Feb 26th
  2. 82,558 New Brazil cases ⬇︎
  3. 62,291 New India cases ⬇︎
  4. 9,167 New Russia cases
  5. 41,869 New France cases ⬇︎
  6. 6,187 New UK cases
  7. 24,076 New Italy cases
  8. 7,586 New Spain cases
  9. 21,872 New Germany cases
  10. 5,787 New Mexico cases
  11. 35,143 New Poland cases ⬆︎ 2nd highest day
  12. 18,132 New Ukraine cases ⬆︎ ALL TIME HIGH 2nd day in a row
  13. 3,425 New cases in California ⬆︎
  • Over 126.6 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.7 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 30.8 million
  • Over 78K new U.S. cases

Details…


  • Global cases: 126,693,757
  • Daily new cases: 644,732 ^
  • Global deaths: 2,779,174 with 12,418 new cases ^
  • Mortality rate: 2.19%
  • Recovery rate: 80.63%
  • U.S. cases: 30,853,032
  • U.S. new cases: 78,999
  • U.S. deaths: 561,142
  • U.S. recovered: 23,275,268
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,368
  • Texas cases: 2,778,572 with 3,562 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 48,186 – 126 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 289,796
  • Dallas County new cases: 302
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,821 – 17 today

March 25th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 69,741 New U.S. cases
  2. 97,586 New Brazil cases ^ – ALL TIME HIGH
  3. 59,069 New India cases ^
  4. 9,221 New Russia cases
  5. 45,641 New France cases ^
  6. 6,220 New UK cases
  7. 23,621 New Italy cases
  8. 6,393 New Spain cases
  9. 22,658 New Germany cases
  10. 5,714 New Mexico cases
  11. 34,153 New Poland cases ^ 2nd highest day
  12. 16,669 New Ukraine cases ^ ALL TIME HIGH
  13. 2,491 New cases in California
  • Over 126 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.7 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 30.7 million
  • Over 69K new U.S. cases

Details,

  • Global cases: 126,049,025
  • Daily new cases: 633,062 ^
  • Global deaths: 2,766,756 with 10, 571 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.19%
  • Recovery rate: 80.70%
  • U.S. cases: 30,774,033
  • U.S. new cases: 69,741
  • U.S. deaths: 559,774
  • U.S. recovered: 23,196,209
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,352
  • Texas cases: 2,775,010 with 5,309 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 48,060 – 133 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 289,494
  • Dallas County new cases: 296
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,804 – 11 today

Today’s Headlines

March 25, 2021:

Your Brain on COVID-19: Here’s What to Expect

[Interesting Engineering] Illness from the COVID-19 coronavirus can be deadly, but those whose symptoms persist for several months to years — called “long-haulers” — can suffer at least four lingering neurological effects, including headaches, brain fog, and the loss of sense of smell and taste, despite undergoing hospitalization for the initial contraction of the virus, according to a recent study published in the journal Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology.

Long-haul COVID-19 patients experienced only 45% in five months, on average

Researchers involved in the study evaluated information amassed from 100 COVID-19 long-haulers from 21 states — who were seen via either telehealth or in-person at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital between May and November 2020. None of them were admitted to hospitals during initial or onset of symptoms reminiscent of COVID-19, and everyone under study suffered persistent symptoms for more than six weeks. Patients were seen an average of four to five months after symptoms began.

Half of the patients involved in the study had already tested positive for COVID-19, while the other half tested negative — yet experienced COVID-19 symptoms. The study authors said early pandemic-era COVID-19 testing was hard for patients who didn’t merit immediate hospitalization — which means these are the ones who may have cleared the infection by the time they were tested.

Roughly 85% of participants experienced at least four neurological symptoms. Most common among them was “brain fog” or difficulty thinking — which 81% of participants reported. Next in line were headaches, experienced by 68%, and then tingling or numbness, which 60% reported. More than half experienced issues with their sense of smell or taste, 47% with dizziness, 30% blurred vision, and 29% heard a strange ringing in their ears.

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Why are more young people getting sick with Covid-19 in Brazil?

São Paulo [CNN] It took only 10 days from start to finish, from the time 28-year-old Graciane da Silva got sick to the time she died.

She was alone when she passed away in a Rio de Janeiro Hospital — her mom, Maria da Penha da Silva Siqueira, thinks about that often.
“It never crossed our mind that it would happen to her,” said da Silva Siqueira. “It was too fast. This virus does not let us say goodbye.”
Da Silva, who left behind a 4-year-old son, died of Covid-19 in June of last year. At the time, hers was a slightly more unusual death.
During the first part of Brazil’s struggle with the coronavirus, it was the elderly who made up the majority of those who were getting sick and dying from Covid-19.
But since the new year, Brazil has descended into its worst days of this pandemic so far. Daily death and case numbers have shattered previous records.
And amid that surge, a worrying pattern has emerged—more young people seem to be getting severely ill and dying from Covid-19, doctors tell CNN.
The question is why: Is a new variant infecting more young people and making them sicker? Are young people behaving in ways that make them more likely to become infected? Could it be some combination of both?
Across the country, intensive care physicians keep saying the same thing: In this latest wave, their patients are younger than ever.
“We have otherwise healthy patients that are between 30 and 50-years-old and that is the profile for the majority of patients,” said Dr. Pedro Archer, a 33 year-old intensive care physician at a public hospital in Rio de Janeiro. “That is the big differentiator in this latest wave.”
CNN has spoken to nearly a dozen ICU physicians and nurses since mid-January, across multiple hospitals in several Brazilian states. Each said their ICU beds are filled with more young people than ever.
The increase in both illness and death in younger people has coincided with the rise of at least one Covid-19 variant in Brazil.
The so-called P.1 variant, which scientists say originated from Brazil, is widely agreed upon to be more easily transmissible, up to 2.2 times so according to a recent study.

March 24th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 67,758 New U.S. cases
  2. 90,564 New Brazil cases 2nd Highest Day
  3. 53,419 New India cases ^
  4. 8,861 New Russia cases
  5. 33,389 New France cases ^
  6. 5,604 New UK cases
  7. 21,256 New Italy cases
  8. 7,026 New Spain cases
  9. 20,667 New Germany cases
  10. 5,881 New Mexico cases
  11. 30,801 New Poland cases ^
  12. 14,174 New Ukraine cases
  13. 2,804 New cases in California
  • Over 125.4 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.7 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 30.7 million
  • Over 67K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 125,415,963
  • Daily new cases: 625,500 ^
  • Global deaths: 2,756,185 with 10, 679 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.20%
  • Recovery rate: 80.76%
  • U.S. cases: 30,704,292
  • U.S. new cases: 67,758
  • U.S. deaths: 558,422
  • U.S. recovered: 23,132,879
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,539
  • Texas cases: 2,769,701 with 3,634 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 47,927 – 174 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 289,198
  • Dallas County new cases: 270
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,793 – 10 today

Today’s Headlines

March 24, 2021:

‘Double mutant’ Covid variant found in India

[BBC] A new “double mutant” variant of the coronavirus has been detected from samples collected in India.

Officials are checking if the variant, where two mutations come together in the same virus, may be more infectious or less affected by vaccines.

Some 10,787 samples from 18 Indian states also showed up 771 cases of known variants – 736 of the UK, 34 of the South African and one Brazilian.

Officials say the variants are not linked to a spike in cases in India.

India reported 47,262 cases and 275 deaths on Wednesday – the sharpest daily rise this year.

The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG), a group of 10 national laboratories under India’s health ministry, carried out genomic sequencing on the latest samples. Genomic sequencing is a testing process to map the entire genetic code of an organism – in this case, the virus.

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March 23rd #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 59,572 New U.S. cases
  2. 84,996 New Brazil cases
  3. 47,264 New India cases
  4. 8,457 New Russia cases
  5. 14,678 New France cases ^
  6. 5,379 New UK cases
  7. 18,729 New Italy cases
  8. 5,516 New Spain cases
  9. 10,943 New Germany cases
  10. 1,388 New Mexico cases
  11. 16,740 New Poland cases
  12. 11,476 New Ukraine cases
  13. 2,537 New cases in California
  • Over 124.7 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.7 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 30.6 million
  • Over 59K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 124,790,463
  • Daily new cases: 501,264
  • Global deaths: 2,745,506 with 10, 350 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.20%
  • Recovery rate: 80.80%
  • U.S. cases: 30,636,534
  • U.S. new cases: 59,572
  • U.S. deaths: 556,883
  • U.S. recovered: 23,039,585
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 938
  • Texas cases: 2,766,067 with 4,713 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 47,753 – 79 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 288,928
  • Dallas County new cases: 228
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,783 – 7 today

Today’s Headlines

March 23, 2021:

Can COVID-19 Also Damage Your Hearing?

[The Cut] After a year’s worth of pandemic life, we know a few things for sure about the coronavirus. We know that, usually, it’s characterized by a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, but please do not discount the possibility of: chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, new loss of taste or smell, gastrointestinal issues, nausea, vomiting, runny nose, congestion, painful lesions on the toes, or, frustratingly, a lack of any symptoms at all. That’s a lot to look out for, and according to an analysis out of the U.K., we may eventually be able to add another COVID-19 flag to the list: hearing loss. It never ends!

Specifically, the data — sourced from 56 studies mentioning auditory issues in people with confirmed coronavirus infections — points to side effects including tinnitus, vertigo, and difficulty with hearing. Pooling figures from 24 of those studies, scientists found a nearly 15 percent prevalence of tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and about a 7 percent incidence of hearing loss and vertigo, respectively. The review relied mostly on COVID patients’ medical records and their responses to questionnaires, and its authors called for both clinical and diagnostic studies to investigate the apparent link.

“Though the evidence is of varying quality, more and more studies are being carried out so the evidence base is growing,” Ibrahim Almufarrij, a Ph.D. researcher at the University of Manchester, said in a statement. “What we really need are studies that compare COVID-19 cases with controls, such as patients admitted to hospital with other health conditions.”

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March 22, 2021:

Could an accident have caused COVID-19? Wuhan lab-leak shouldn’t be dismissed

[USA TODAY] Clink. Clink. Clink.

Allison Young, Opinion Contributor

On a warm summer evening in July 2014, a laboratory worker on the National Institutes of Health’s sprawling campus just north of Washington, D.C., exited Building 29A toting a cardboard box. Its contents rattled inside – an assortment of fragile glass vials labeled with faded typewriter script: Q fever, rickettsia, and worst of all, four strains of variola – the dreaded virus that causes smallpox.

Highly contagious, variola is one of the deadliest viruses the world has ever known. It could rip through most of the U.S. population and cause a global health disaster if released. It killed as many as three out of every 10 people infected before it was declared eradicated from the planet in 1980.

Clink. Clink.

Nobody has been routinely vaccinated against smallpox in decades, leaving most people in the U.S. and around the world vulnerable to infection. Yet after forgotten specimen vials dating to the 1940s and 1950s were discovered at the NIH in an unlocked cold storage room, nothing was done to ensure their safe transportation. They were allowed to bump around in a cardboard box with dozens of other old biological specimens as a lone laboratory worker walked them to another building about two blocks away, federal records show.

One vial had already shattered.

The world got lucky that day, as it often has when safety breaches occur at biological laboratories in the United States and around the world.

A deadly epidemic wasn’t unleashed. It was only a tissue specimen that broke and nobody got sick.

“Had any of the six glass vials containing the Variola virus been breached, there would have been nothing to contain the agent and prevent its release to the surrounding environment,” according to a joint investigation report by the FBI and federal lab regulators.

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March 21, 2021:

[NYT] One day after the spring break oasis of South Beach descended into chaos, with the police struggling to control overwhelming crowds and making scores of arrests, officials in Miami Beach decided on Sunday to extend an emergency curfew for up to three weeks.

The officials there went so far as to approve closing the famed Ocean Drive to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. — the hours of the curfew — for four nights a week through April 12. Residents, hotel guests and employees of local businesses are exempt from the closure.

The strip, frequented by celebrities and tourists alike, was the scene of a much-criticized skirmish on Saturday night between sometimes unruly revelers who ignored social-distancing and mask guidelines aimed at curbing the coronavirus, and police officers who used pepper balls to disperse a large crowd just hours after the curfew was introduced.

The restrictions were a stunning concession to the city’s inability to control unwieldy crowds of revelers whom the city and the state of Florida have aggressively courted amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

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March 22nd #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 55,188 New U.S. cases
  2. 53,386 New Brazil cases
  3. 40,611 New India cases
  4. 9,284 New Russia cases
  5. 5,342 New UK cases
  6. 15,792 New France cases
  7. 24,501 New Italy cases
  8. 4,420 New Spain cases
  9. 8,262 New Germany cases
  10. 2,133 New Mexico cases
  11. 14,579 New Poland cases
  12. 7,893 New Ukraine cases
  13. 2,988 New cases in California
  • Over 124.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.7 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 30.5 million
  • Over 55K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 124,289,199
  • Daily new cases: 437,914
  • Global deaths: 2,735,156 with 7,638 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.20%
  • Recovery rate: 80.68%
  • U.S. cases: 30,576,962
  • U.S. new cases:55,188
  • U.S. deaths: 555,945
  • U.S. recovered: 22,846,003
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 631
  • Texas cases: 2,761,354 with 2,886 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 47,674 – 79 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 288,700
  • Dallas County new cases: 484
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,776 – 13 today

Today’s Headlines

March 22, 2021:

Could an accident have caused COVID-19? Wuhan lab-leak shouldn’t be dismissed

[USA TODAY] Clink. Clink. Clink.

Allison Young, Opinion Contributor

On a warm summer evening in July 2014, a laboratory worker on the National Institutes of Health’s sprawling campus just north of Washington, D.C., exited Building 29A toting a cardboard box. Its contents rattled inside – an assortment of fragile glass vials labeled with faded typewriter script: Q fever, rickettsia, and worst of all, four strains of variola – the dreaded virus that causes smallpox.

Highly contagious, variola is one of the deadliest viruses the world has ever known. It could rip through most of the U.S. population and cause a global health disaster if released. It killed as many as three out of every 10 people infected before it was declared eradicated from the planet in 1980.

Clink. Clink.

Nobody has been routinely vaccinated against smallpox in decades, leaving most people in the U.S. and around the world vulnerable to infection. Yet after forgotten specimen vials dating to the 1940s and 1950s were discovered at the NIH in an unlocked cold storage room, nothing was done to ensure their safe transportation. They were allowed to bump around in a cardboard box with dozens of other old biological specimens as a lone laboratory worker walked them to another building about two blocks away, federal records show.

One vial had already shattered.

The world got lucky that day, as it often has when safety breaches occur at biological laboratories in the United States and around the world.

A deadly epidemic wasn’t unleashed. It was only a tissue specimen that broke and nobody got sick.

“Had any of the six glass vials containing the Variola virus been breached, there would have been nothing to contain the agent and prevent its release to the surrounding environment,” according to a joint investigation report by the FBI and federal lab regulators.

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March 21, 2021:

[NYT] One day after the spring break oasis of South Beach descended into chaos, with the police struggling to control overwhelming crowds and making scores of arrests, officials in Miami Beach decided on Sunday to extend an emergency curfew for up to three weeks.

The officials there went so far as to approve closing the famed Ocean Drive to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. — the hours of the curfew — for four nights a week through April 12. Residents, hotel guests and employees of local businesses are exempt from the closure.

The strip, frequented by celebrities and tourists alike, was the scene of a much-criticized skirmish on Saturday night between sometimes unruly revelers who ignored social-distancing and mask guidelines aimed at curbing the coronavirus, and police officers who used pepper balls to disperse a large crowd just hours after the curfew was introduced.

The restrictions were a stunning concession to the city’s inability to control unwieldy crowds of revelers whom the city and the state of Florida have aggressively courted amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

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March 21st #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 39,647 New U.S. cases
  2. 47,774 New Brazil cases
  3. 47,009 New India cases
  4. 9,299 New Russia cases
  5. 5,312 New UK cases
  6. 30,581 New France cases
  7. 20,045 New Italy cases
  8. 0 New Spain cases
  9. 11,149 New Germany cases
  10. 5,729 New Mexico cases
  11. 21,850 New Poland cases
  12. 11,145 New Ukraine cases
  13. 1,177 New cases in California
  • Over 123.8 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.7 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 30.5 million
  • Over 39K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 123,851,285
  • Daily new cases: 421,829
  • Global deaths: 2,727,518 with 6,016 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.20%
  • Recovery rate: 80.57%
  • U.S. cases: 30,521,774
  • U.S. new cases: 39,647
  • U.S. deaths: 555,314
  • U.S. recovered: 22,754,252
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 443
  • Texas cases: 2,758,468 with 2,518 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 47,595 – 55 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 288,216
  • Dallas County new cases: 0
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,763 – 6 today

March 20th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 56,340 New U.S. cases
  2. 73,450 New Brazil cases
  3. 43,815 New India cases
  4. 9,632 New Russia cases
  5. 5,587 New UK cases
  6. 35,345 New France cases
  7. 23,913 New Italy cases
  8. 0 New Spain cases
  9. 13,665 New Germany cases
  10. 6,722 New Mexico cases
  11. 26,405 New Poland cases
  12. 15,292 New Ukraine cases
  13. 2,163 New cases in California
  • Over 123.4 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.7 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 30.4 million
  • Over 56K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 123,429,456
  • Daily new cases: 549,134
  • Global deaths: 2,721,502 with 8,512 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.20%
  • Recovery rate: 80.56%
  • U.S. cases: 30,482,127
  • U.S. new cases: 56,340
  • U.S. deaths: 554,871
  • U.S. recovered: 22,683,617
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 767
  • Texas cases: 2,755,950 with 2,693 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 47,540 – 112 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 288,216
  • Dallas County new cases: 227
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,757 – 6 today

March 19th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 66,907 New U.S. cases
  2. 89,409 New Brazil cases
  3. 40,940 New India cases
  4. 9,699 New Russia cases
  5. 4,802 New UK cases
  6. 0 New France cases
  7. 25,707 New Italy cases
  8. 0 New Spain cases
  9. 16,557 New Germany cases
  10. 5,726 New Mexico cases
  11. 26,049 New Poland cases
  12. 15,850 New Ukraine cases
  13. 3,270 New cases in California
  • Over 122.8 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.7 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 30.4 million
  • Over 66K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 122,880,232
  • Daily new cases: 554,138
  • Global deaths: 2,712,990 with 10,412 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.21%
  • Recovery rate: 80.61%
  • U.S. cases: 30,425,787
  • U.S. new cases: 66,907
  • U.S. deaths: 554,104
  • U.S. recovered: 22,610,325
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,634
  • Texas cases: 2,753,257 with 3,817 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 47,428 – 171 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 287,989
  • Dallas County new cases: 348
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,751 – 23 today

Today’s Headlines

March 19, 2021:

Europe has missed its chance to stop the third wave. The US could be next

(CNN) Europe has missed its chance to stop the third wave of the coronavirus epidemic before it got out of control. Now it’s paying a high price for it, with new lockdowns being imposed across the continent.

On Thursday night, France announced new restrictions on 16 regions, including Paris and Nice, though President Emmanuel Macron has refused to reimpose a national lockdown as cases soar.
On Monday, large parts of Italy including the cities of Rome and Milan once again entered a strict lockdown, while in Spain, all regions except for Madrid have decided to restrict travel over the upcoming Easter holidays. The German capital of Berlin has halted the planned easing of its lockdown too, quoting a rising number of Covid-19 cases.
Critics say the new restrictions have come too late and that Europe’s current problems can be traced back to politicians too eager to start easing.
“The second wave did not end, the lockdown was interrupted too soon, to let people go shopping for Christmas,” French epidemiologist Catherine Hill told CNN. She said infection levels remained at a high level. “Recently admission in intensive care units have [been increasing] regularly, and the situation is now critical in several parts of the country, including greater Paris.”
A more contagious variant of the virus, known as B.1.1.7, seems to be the common culprit behind the chaos. New preliminary data published in the British Medical Journal suggest that the strain, first detected last year in the United Kingdom, may also be more deadly.
Alessandro Grimaldi, the director of infectious diseases at Salvatore Hospital in the Italian town of L’Aquila, told CNN the new more contagious variant had “changed the game,” adding that “inevitably, the measures taken to prevent the infection have to become more drastic.”

March 18th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 64,082 New U.S. cases
  2. 87,169 New Brazil cases
  3. 39,643 New India cases
  4. 9,803 New Russia cases
  5. 6,303 New UK cases
  6. 34,998 New France cases
  7. 24,901 New Italy cases
  8. 6,216 New Spain cases
  9. 17,860 New Germany cases
  10. 6,455 New Mexico cases
  11. 27,272 New Poland cases
  12. 15,053 New Ukraine cases
  13. 3,574 New cases in California
  • Over 122.3 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.7 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 30.3 million
  • Over 64K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 122,358,226
  • Daily new cases: 554,138
  • Global deaths: 2,702,578 with 10,653 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.21%
  • Recovery rate: 80.69%
  • U.S. cases: 30,358,880
  • U.S. new cases: 64,082
  • U.S. deaths: 552,470
  • U.S. recovered: 22,513,799
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,821
  • Texas cases: 2,749,440 with 3,485 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 47,257 – 194 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 287,641
  • Dallas County new cases: 190
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,728 – 15 today

March 17th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 63,248 New U.S. cases
  2. 90,830 New Brazil cases ALL TIME HIGH
  3. 35,838 New India cases
  4. 8,998 New Russia cases
  5. 5,758 New UK cases
  6. 38,501 New France cases
  7. 23,040 New Italy cases
  8. 6,092 New Spain cases
  9. 16,094 New Germany cases
  10. 1,278 New Mexico cases
  11. 25,053 New Poland cases
  12. 11,833 New Ukraine cases
  13. 3,408 New cases in California
  • Over 121.8 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.6 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 30.2 million
  • Over 63K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 121,804,088
  • Daily new cases: 536,269
  • Global deaths: 2,691,925 with 9,842 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.21%
  • Recovery rate: 80.62%
  • U.S. cases: 30,294,798
  • U.S. new cases: 63,248
  • U.S. deaths: 550,649
  • U.S. recovered: 22,447,275
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,282
  • Texas cases: 2,745,955 with 5,088 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 47,063 – 181 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 287,451
  • Dallas County new cases: 215
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,713 – 12 today

March 16th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 53,231 New U.S. cases
  2. 84,124 New Brazil cases 2nd Highest Day
  3. 28,869 New India cases
  4. 9,393 New Russia cases
  5. 5,294 New UK cases
  6. 29,975 New France cases
  7. 20,376 New Italy cases
  8. 4,962 New Spain cases
  9. 9,290 New Germany cases
  10. 1,439 New Mexico cases
  11. 14,394 New Poland cases
  12. 9,642 New Ukraine cases
  13. 2,054 New cases in California
  • Over 121.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.6 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 30.2 million
  • Over 53K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 121,267,819
  • Daily new cases: 502,813
  • Global deaths: 2,682,083 with 10,168 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.21%
  • Recovery rate: 80.65%
  • U.S. cases: 30,231,550
  • U.S. new cases: 53,231
  • U.S. deaths: 549,367
  • U.S. recovered: 22,358,469
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,248
  • Texas cases: 2,740,867 with 5,715 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 46,882 – 133 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 287,236
  • Dallas County new cases: 311
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,701 – 13 today

Today’s Headlines

March 16, 2021:

‘Pray for a miracle’: Covid long-haulers fight debilitating symptoms a year later

[NBC DFW] One out of three Covid patients, or 8.4 million Americans, have persistent symptoms months after they first got sick, a recent study shows. In post-Covid clinics across the country, doctors are scrambling to find answers and a cure for what some are calling a “second pandemic”.

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A concerning variant is about to become dominant in the US, experts say

(CNN) Experts are worried some Americans are letting up too early — at a critical time when looming dangers are threatening to wipe out the progress the US has made in its battle against Covid-19.

At least a dozen state leaders have eased Covid-19 restrictions this month, often citing improving Covid-19 trends and growing vaccination numbers. At the same time, air travel is hitting pandemic-era records and the first spring break crowds have begun descending on Florida and other sunny regions while cases of a dangerous variant are on the rise.
The Transportation Security Administration said it screened more than 1.3 million people at airports Sunday — meaning about 5.2 million travelers flew since Thursday. That’s the highest number of people that have traveled by air during any other four-day period of the pandemic.
In Florida, spring breakers have begun packing shores with some Miami Beach officials reporting swelling crowds and precautions going out the window.
It’s a combination of all those factors, officials fear, that could lay the groundwork for another spike.
“We have seen footage of people enjoying spring break festivities, maskless,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Monday. “This is all in the context of still 50,000 cases per day.”
So is another surge inevitable?

Brazil’s Covid-19 resurgence is pushing hospitals to overflowing

São Paulo (CNN) Brazil is pulling ahead in the race that no one wants to win.

Over the past month, the South American nation has blown past a series of grisly milestones, repeatedly setting new records for most Covid-19 deaths per day. In the past week, it set another record: 12,818 new deaths and more than 464,000 new cases, according to Johns Hopkins University figures — signs of a viral spread outpacing even that of the United States, the only country in the world harder hit by the pandemic in absolute numbers.
On the outskirts of São Paulo, the crisis is turning things upside down for the small Dr. Akira Tada Emergency Hospital. In normal times, doctors there would stabilize critically ill patients and then send them on to bigger and better-equipped hospitals with intensive care units (ICUs).
But these are not normal times. Few hospitals today have space to take in new patients, even in Brazil’s richest and most populous state.
When Dineia Martins Firmino entered the hospital at the beginning of March, doctors intubated the 74-year-old, and told her family that she desperately needed to be moved to an ICU for more sophisticated treatment, according to her granddaughter Pamela Rivitti, 30.
She never made it off the official, government-run list for transfer. “No vacancy appeared at the time she needed it and she ended up dying on Saturday,” said Rivitti. “We did the funeral on Sunday.”

AstraZeneca vaccine: Safety experts to review jab

[BBC] Vaccine safety experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) are meeting on Tuesday to review the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, after several European countries halted their rollouts.

A number of cases of blood clots were reported in Europe after the vaccine was administered.

But the numbers are below the level you would expect in the general population.

The UK medicines regulator and the WHO say there is no evidence of a link between the vaccine and clots.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) – the European Union’s medicines regulator – is also meeting on Tuesday.

It is expected to issue its decision on the continued use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccination on Thursday.

About 17 million people in the EU and the UK have received a dose of the vaccine, with fewer than 40 cases of blood clots reported as of last week, AstraZeneca said.

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March 15th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 56,929 New U.S. cases
  2. 42,107 New Brazil cases
  3. 24,437 New India cases
  4. 9,437 New Russia cases
  5. 5,089 New UK cases
  6. 6,471 New France cases
  7. 15,252 New Italy cases
  8. 11,358 New Spain cases
  9. 6,550 New Germany cases
  10. 2,415 New Mexico cases
  11. 10,896 New Poland cases
  12. 6,792 New Ukraine cases
  13. 2,959 New cases in California
  • Over 120.7 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.6 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 30.1 million
  • Over 56K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 120,765,006
  • Daily new cases: 355,851
  • Global deaths: 2,671,915 with 6,818 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.21%
  • Recovery rate: 80.38%
  • U.S. cases: 30,138,586
  • U.S. new cases: 56,929
  • U.S. deaths: 548,013
  • U.S. recovered: 22,286,551
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 779
  • Texas cases: 2,735,152 with 4,778 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 46,749 – 52 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 286,925
  • Dallas County new cases: 574
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,688 – 10 today

March 8th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 48,402 New U.S. cases
  2. 15,515 New India cases
  3. 36,136 New Brazil cases
  4. 10,253 New Russia cases
  5. 4,712 New UK cases
  6. 5,327 New France cases
  7. 4,721 New Spain cases
  8. 13,582 New Italy cases
  9. 5,113 New Germany cases
  10. 1,877 New Mexico cases
  11. 6,169 New Poland cases
  12. 5,572 New Ukraine cases
  13. 4,072 New cases in California
  • Over 117.7 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.6 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 29.7 million
  • Over 48K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 117,749,800
  • Daily new cases: 303,279
  • Global deaths: 2,612,150 with 6,848 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.22%
  • Recovery rate: 79.35%
  • U.S. cases: 29,744,652
  • U.S. new cases: 48,402
  • U.S. deaths: 538,628
  • U.S. recovered: 20,449,628
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 790
  • Texas cases: 2,703,597 with 3,925 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 45,640 – 69 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 284,510
  • Dallas County new cases: 500
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,794 – 27 today

Today’s Headlines

March 8, 2021:

Here’s how close the US is to a possible Covid-19 surge, expert warns

(CNN) The US is in the “eye of the hurricane” right now, according to epidemiologist Michael Osterholm.

After months of devastation, it appeared things were heading in the right direction with officials reporting several weeks of steep declines in Covid-19 cases and lowered hospitalization numbers.
But now case declines have stopped and infection numbers plateaued at very high levels — with the US averaging roughly 60,000 new cases daily in the past week. Multiple governors have eased Covid-19 safety measures despite health officials’ warnings. Spring break events are kicking off across the country, threatening the potential for further spread of the virus.
Experts project the country is about to see another dangerous Covid-19 spike. One that Osterholm says will be fueled by the B.1.1.7 variant, first spotted in the UK, and will come over the next six to 14 weeks.
“Four weeks ago, the B.1.1.7 variant made up about 1 to 4% of the virus that we were seeing in communities across the country. Today it’s up to 30 to 40%,” Osterholm, who is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
“What we’ve seen in Europe, when we hit that 50% mark, you see cases surge,” he said.

Why has Covid’s toll been surprisingly low across much of Africa and Asia?

[NYT] It’s one of the biggest mysteries about Covid-19: Why has the death toll been relatively low across much of Africa and Asia?
The virus has killed a fraction of as many people on those continents — despite their relative lack of resources — as it has in Europe or the U.S.:

This isn’t how public health emergencies usually work. They tend to inflict their worst damage in poorer places, which is indeed what’s happening within the U.S., where the toll has been higher in many minority and low-income communities.

Globally, though, Covid has been different. In a recent New Yorker article, the physician and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee described it as “an epidemiological whodunit.”
Other than in Mukherjee’s article, the pattern has received surprisingly little attention in the U.S. It’s one of those instances when good news is being overlooked. I want to devote today’s newsletter to the mystery and its most plausible explanations.

Is it a statistical mirage?

Almost certainly not. Some portion of the pattern probably does stem from an underreporting of deaths by less developed medical systems. But much of the pattern is real, many epidemiologists believe.

In India, for example, major cities keep statistics on overall mortality — regardless of cause — and it has risen less than it has in many richer countries. The data suggest that both Delhi and Mumbai have “a much lower Covid death rate than in the U.S.,” Dr. Prabhat Jha, who runs the Center for Global Health Research at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, told me.

In Mukherjee’s article, he described a temporary hospital that local officials in Mumbai set up last year in Dharavi, a sprawling slum there. They closed it after Dharavi suffered far fewer deaths than expected.

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March 7th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 42,359 New U.S. cases
  2. 18,472 New India cases
  3. 80,024 New Brazil cases
  4. 10,595 New Russia cases
  5. 5,177 New UK cases
  6. 21,825 New France cases
  7. 0 New Spain cases
  8. 23,633 New Italy cases
  9. 6,533 New Germany cases
  10. 2,734 New Mexico cases
  11. 13,569 New Poland cases
  12. 7,167 New Ukraine cases
  13. 2,846 New cases in California
  • Over 117.4 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.6 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 29.6 million
  • Over 42K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 117,446,521
  • Daily new cases: 367,652
  • Global deaths: 2,605,302with 5,279 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.22%
  • Recovery rate: 79.15%
  • U.S. cases: 29,696,250
  • U.S. new cases: 42,359
  • U.S. deaths: 537,838
  • U.S. recovered: 20,336,656
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 719
  • Texas cases: 2,699,672 with 2,870 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 45,571 – 75 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 284,010
  • Dallas County new cases: – 0
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,767- 0 today

March 6th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 60,187 New U.S. cases
  2. 18,935 New India cases
  3. 67,477 New Brazil cases
  4. 11,022 New Russia cases
  5. 6,039 New UK cases
  6. 23,306 New France cases
  7. 0 New Spain cases
  8. 23,633 New Italy cases
  9. 8,235 New Germany cases
  10. 6,561 New Mexico cases
  11. 14,855 New Poland cases
  12. 9,144 New Ukraine cases
  13. 4,211 New cases in California
  • Over 117 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.6 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 29.6 million
  • Over 60K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 117,078,869
  • Daily new cases: 408,764
  • Global deaths: 2,600,023 with 7,938 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.22%
  • Recovery rate: 79.14%
  • U.S. cases: 29,653,891
  • U.S. new cases: 60,187
  • U.S. deaths: 537,119
  • U.S. recovered: 20,273,915
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,556
  • Texas cases: 2,696,802 with 3,994 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 45,496 – 222 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 284,010
  • Dallas County new cases: – 372
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,767- 25 today

Today’s Headlines

March 6, 2021:

What you likely still can’t do if you’re vaccinated

(CNN) As more patients and friends get fully vaccinated, Dr. William Schaffner’s phone has been ringing constantly, his email box flooded.

The fully vaccinated — people who are two weeks past their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines, or after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s — have many questions for the professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University.
They ask if it’s OK to hug their grandkids now. Can they play cards with their vaccinated friends? Can they host a small indoor dinner party, but should they forget to invite Uncle Frank who has been unmasked at the bar a lot?
“I try to answer as many of those questions as I possibly can, because these are very thoughtful people,” Schaffner said. “These are the people who are trying to do the best in these circumstances.”
For others who don’t happen to have a favorite infectious disease expert on speed dial, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention will soon publish guidelines for the fully vaccinated.
More than 82 million vaccine doses have been given out in the US, and after a year of takeout and Zoom-only visits with mom, the vaccinated want direction.
“I think people need practical advice about how to go about their everyday lives,” said Julia Marcus, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Harvard. “I think without guidance, people may make decisions that are not informed.”

 


March 5th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 67,618 New U.S. cases
  2. 18,292 New India cases
  3. 75,337 New Brazil cases
  4. 11,024 New Russia cases
  5. 5,946 New UK cases
  6. 23,507 New France cases
  7. 6,654 New Spain cases
  8. 24,010 New Italy cases
  9. 9,581 New Germany cases
  10. 6,797 New Mexico cases
  11. 15,831 New Poland cases
  12. 10,155 New Ukraine cases
  13. 5,176 New cases in California
  • Over 116.6 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.5 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 29.5 million
  • Over 67K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 116,670,105
  • Daily new cases: 453,525
  • Global deaths: 2,592,085 with 10,436 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.22%
  • Recovery rate: 79.10%
  • U.S. cases: 29,593,704
  • U.S. new cases: 67,618
  • U.S. deaths: 535,563
  • U.S. recovered: 20,183,329
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,927
  • Texas cases: 2,692,808 with 5,565 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 45,274 – 277 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 283,638
  • Dallas County new cases: – 458
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,742- 26 today

Today’s Headlines

March 5, 2021:

Countries making dubious claims over Covid-19

Three places stand out as appearing either less than transparent or in denial about the scale of the problem

(CNN) For the past year, countries around the world have shared data on Covid-19 cases and deaths with the World Health Organization (WHO) — information that is crucial in informing the global fight against the disease.

However, three countries stand out as appearing either less than transparent or in denial about the scale of the problem.
The East African nation of Tanzania has not updated its Covid-19 data since early May, leaving the last number of reported confirmed cases at 509 and the death toll at 21.
The Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan, a secretive, highly authoritarian state, “has not reported any Covid-19 cases to WHO to date,” according to a WHO statement. But human rights groups say the disease is spreading widely there.
North Korea similarly has not recorded a single case of Covid-19. Most experts view that claim as suspect, however. The reclusive country has tested only a fraction of its nearly 26-million-strong population and has a shared border with China, where the pandemic began.
Dr. Dorit Nitzan, regional emergency director for the WHO Regional Office for Europe, told CNN 14 countries have so far reported zero cases, adding that the organization “cannot independently verify whether zero reported cases represent the true absence of cases or not.”
The WHO’s Covid-19 dashboard doesn’t differentiate between countries reporting zero cases of the virus and countries that haven’t submitted any data. However, in contrast to Turkmenistan and North Korea, the other zero-case locations are tiny, isolated island communities such as St. Helena, Kiribati and Tuvalu.
“We encourage all countries to share data — publicly or to WHO — as this allows us to track the disease globally,” Nitzan added. “As Covid-19 is a communicable disease, tracking cases is especially important, aiding in a prompt and appropriate public health response.”

March 4, 2021:

Governor Abbott announce end of mask wearing mandate – Texas is 100% Open

[OBLIVIOTS] One again, Governor AbbottAndCostello is trying to distract the citizens of Texas from the obvious. And that is that the State of Texas left Texans hung out to dry during the worst winter storm in recent memory. As wind chills dipped below -18º, water pipes froze, electric generating plants froze, the power went out and people actually froze to death in their own homes – or on the streets, our government did nothing.

And now, Abbott wants you to forget about that ugly thing that happened 2 weeks ago and watch this shiny thing he is dangling in front of you now. The “no more masks” shiny thing. Oh boy! Isn’t that pretty! Let’s all focus on the shiny thing and forget we almost died. Forget our pipes burst. Forget the insurance deductibles we have to pay to get our homes in order. Forget the hotels all being filled to capacity with Texans who could no longer stay in their own homes for fear of freezing to death.

Abbott would have you believe everything is better now. The virus is under control.

Well…

The actual numbers refute that position entirely.

And these graphs should be the visual proof of where we really stand:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


March 4th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 69,709 New U.S. cases
  2. 16,824 New India cases
  3. 74,285 New Brazil cases
  4. 11,385 New Russia cases
  5. 6,573 New UK cases
  6. 25,279 New France cases
  7. 6,037 New Spain cases
  8. 22,845 New Italy cases
  9. 11,410 New Germany cases
  10. 7,521 New Mexico cases
  11. 15,253 New Poland cases
  12. 10,057 New Ukraine cases
  13. 4,226 New cases in California
  • Over 116.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.5 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 29.5 million
  • Over 695K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 116,216,580
  • Daily new cases: 451,175
  • Global deaths: 2,581,649 with 9,893 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.22%
  • Recovery rate: 79.06%
  • U.S. cases: 29,526,086
  • U.S. new cases: 69,709
  • U.S. deaths: 533,636
  • U.S. recovered: 20,093,442
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,984
  • Texas cases: 2,687,243 with 7,357 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 44,997 – 289 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 283,180
  • Dallas County new cases: -781
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,716- 27 today

Today’s Headlines

March 1, 2012:

(CNN) The US is at risk of losing all its recent gains in the battle against Covid-19 as highly contagious variants take advantage of Americans getting lax with safety measures.

“Please hear me clearly: At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After weeks of tumbling case numbers, new infections are on the rise again — about 2% more this past week compared to the previous week, Walensky said Monday.
“Similarly, the most recent seven-day average of deaths has also increased more than 2% … to nearly 2,000 deaths per day.”
Walensky also called out states that were easing up on Covid-19 safety mandates.
“I am really worried about reports that more states are rolling back the exact public health measures we have recommended to protect people from Covid-19,” she said.
“Please stay strong in your conviction. Continue wearing your well-fitting mask and taking the other public health prevention actions that we know work,” Walensky added.
“Ultimately, vaccination is what will bring us out of this pandemic. To get there, we need to vaccinate many more people.”

March 3rd #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 85,672 New U.S. cases
  2. 17,425 New India cases
  3. 74,376 New Brazil cases
  4. 10,535 New Russia cases
  5. 6,385 New UK cases
  6. 26,788 New France cases
  7. 6,137 New Spain cases
  8. 20,840 New Italy cases
  9. 10,835 New Germany cases
  10. 7,793 New Mexico cases
  11. 15,698 New Poland cases
  12. 7,235 New Ukraine cases
  13. 4,241 New cases in California
  • Over 115.7 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.5 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 29.4 million
  • Over 585K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 115,765,405
  • Daily new cases: 465,746
  • Global deaths: 2,571,756 with 11,154 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.22%
  • Recovery rate: 79.01%
  • U.S. cases: 29,456,377
  • U.S. new cases: 85,672
  • U.S. deaths: 531,652
  • U.S. recovered: 20,003,325
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,438
  • Texas cases: 2,679,886 with 7,620 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 44,708 – 255 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 282,399
  • Dallas County new cases: -718
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,689 – 26 today

March 2nd #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 56,451 New U.S. cases
  2. 15,704 New India cases
  3. 58,237 New Brazil cases
  4. 10,565 New Russia cases
  5. 6,391 New UK cases
  6. 22,857 New France cases
  7. 6,484 New Spain cases
  8. 17,063 New Italy cases
  9. 6,492 New Germany cases
  10. 7,913 New Mexico cases
  11. 7,936 New Poland cases
  12. 5,336 New Ukraine cases
  13. 4,393 New cases in California
  • Over 115.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.5 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 29.3 million
  • Over 56K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 115,299,659
  • Daily new cases: 308,528
  • Global deaths: 2,560,602 with 10,409 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.22%
  • Recovery rate: 79.02%
  • U.S. cases: 29,370,705
  • U.S. new cases: 56,451
  • U.S. deaths: 529,214
  • U.S. recovered: 19,905,322
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,988
  • Texas cases: 2,672,266 with 6,850 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 44,453 275 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 281,681
  • Dallas County new cases: -526
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,663 – 42 today

March 1st #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 58,910 New U.S. cases
  2. 11,563 New India cases
  3. 38,349 New Brazil cases
  4. 11,571 New Russia cases
  5. 5,455 New UK cases
  6. 4,703 New France cases
  7. 15,978 New Spain cases
  8. 13,106 New Italy cases
  9. 5,275 New Germany cases
  10. 2,343 New Mexico cases
  11. 4,786 New Poland cases
  12. 4,285 New Ukraine cases
  13. 4,215 New cases in California
  • Over 114.9 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.5 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 29.3 million
  • Over 58K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 114,991,131
  • Daily new cases: 304,198
  • Global deaths: 2,550,193 with 6,908 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.22%
  • Recovery rate: 78.88%
  • U.S. cases: 29,314,254
  • U.S. new cases: 58,910
  • U.S. deaths: 527,226
  • U.S. recovered: 19,817,532
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,450
  • Texas cases: 2,665,416 with 7,802 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 44,178 – 106 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 281,155
  • Dallas County new cases: -751
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,621 – 42 today

Today’s Headlines

March 1, 2012:

(CNN) The US is at risk of losing all its recent gains in the battle against Covid-19 as highly contagious variants take advantage of Americans getting lax with safety measures.

“Please hear me clearly: At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After weeks of tumbling case numbers, new infections are on the rise again — about 2% more this past week compared to the previous week, Walensky said Monday.
“Similarly, the most recent seven-day average of deaths has also increased more than 2% … to nearly 2,000 deaths per day.”
Walensky also called out states that were easing up on Covid-19 safety mandates.
“I am really worried about reports that more states are rolling back the exact public health measures we have recommended to protect people from Covid-19,” she said.
“Please stay strong in your conviction. Continue wearing your well-fitting mask and taking the other public health prevention actions that we know work,” Walensky added.
“Ultimately, vaccination is what will bring us out of this pandemic. To get there, we need to vaccinate many more people.”

February 28th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 52,520 New U.S. cases
  2. 15,325 New India cases
  3. 34,027 New Brazil cases
  4. 11,359 New Russia cases
  5. 6,035 New UK cases
  6. 19,952 New France cases
  7. 0 New Spain cases
  8. 17,440 New Italy cases
  9. 6,499 New Germany cases
  10. 2,810 New Mexico cases
  11. 10,101 New Poland cases
  12. 5,833 New Ukraine cases
  13. 3,392 New cases in California
  • Over 114.6 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.5 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 29.2 million
  • Over 52K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 114,686,933
  • Daily new cases: 309,979
  • Global deaths: 2,543,285with 5,725 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.22%
  • Recovery rate: 78.69%
  • U.S. cases: 29,255,344
  • U.S. new cases: 52,250
  • U.S. deaths: 525,776
  • U.S. recovered: 19,694,337
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,107
  • Texas cases: 2,657,614 with 4,147 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 44,072 – 187 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 280,404
  • Dallas County new cases: – 0
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,579 – 0 today

February 27th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 65,912 New U.S. cases
  2. 17,637 New India cases
  3. 59,438 New Brazil cases
  4. 11,534 New Russia cases
  5. 7,434 New UK cases
  6. 23,996 New France cases
  7. 0 New Spain cases
  8. 18,902 New Italy cases
  9. 7,289 New Germany cases
  10. 7,246 New Mexico cases
  11. 12,097 New Poland cases
  12. 8,172 New Ukraine cases
  13. 4,338 New cases in California
  • Over 114.3 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.5 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 29.2 million
  • Over 65K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 114,376,954
  • Daily new cases: 389,028
  • Global deaths: 2,537,560 with 8,167 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.22%
  • Recovery rate: 78.63%
  • U.S. cases: 29,202,824
  • U.S. new cases: 65,912
  • U.S. deaths: 524,669
  • U.S. recovered: 19,632,523
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,587
  • Texas cases: 2,653,467 with 5,777 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 43,885 – 158 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 280,404
  • Dallas County new cases: – 570
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,579 – 19 today

February 26th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 84,650 New U.S. cases
  2. 16,056 New India cases
  3. 63,908 New Brazil cases
  4. 11,086 New Russia cases
  5. 8,523 New UK cases
  6. 25,207 New France cases
  7. 8,341 New Spain cases
  8. 20,488 New Italy cases
  9. 9,687 New Germany cases
  10. 7,512 New Mexico cases
  11. 11,536 New Poland cases
  12. 8,003 New Ukraine cases
  13. 7,123 New cases in California
  • Over 113.9 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.5 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 29.1 million
  • Over 84K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 113,987,926
  • Daily new cases: 443,588
  • Global deaths: 2,529,393 with 10,138 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.22%
  • Recovery rate: 78.55%
  • U.S. cases: 29,136,912
  • U.S. new cases: 84,650
  • U.S. deaths: 523,082
  • U.S. recovered: 19,534,068
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,297
  • Texas cases: 2,647,690 with 10,714 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 43,727 – 283 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 279,834
  • Dallas County new cases: – 726
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,560 – 18 today

February 25th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 77,639 New U.S. cases
  2. 16,606 New India cases
  3. 67,878 New Brazil cases
  4. 11,198 New Russia cases
  5. 9,985 New UK cases
  6. 25,403 New France cases
  7. 9,568 New Spain cases
  8. 19,871 New Italy cases
  9. 10,782 New Germany cases
  10. 8,462 New Mexico cases
  11. 12,143 New Poland cases
  12. 5,147 New Ukraine cases
  13. 5,366 New cases in California
  • Over 113.5 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.5 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 29 million
  • Over 77K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 113,544,338
  • Daily new cases: 447,236
  • Global deaths: 2,519,255 with 10,374 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.22%
  • Recovery rate: 78.50%
  • U.S. cases: 29,052,262
  • U.S. new cases: 77,639
  • U.S. deaths: 520,786
  • U.S. recovered: 19,435,453
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,422
  • Texas cases: 2,636,976 with 7,813 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 43,444 – 313 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 279,108
  • Dallas County new cases: – 614
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,542 – 24 today

February 24th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 76,905 New U.S. cases
  2. 17,106 New India cases
  3. 65,387 New Brazil cases
  4. 11,749 New Russia cases
  5. 9,938 New UK cases
  6. 31,519 New France cases
  7. 9,212 New Spain cases
  8. 16,402 New Italy cases
  9. 10,774 New Germany cases
  10. 8,642 New Mexico cases
  11. 12,147 New Poland cases
  12. 5,850 New Ukraine cases
  13. 5,863New cases in California
  • Over 113 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.5 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 28.9 million
  • Over 76K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 113,097,102
  • Daily new cases: 447,197
  • Global deaths: 2,508,881 with 12,215 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.22%
  • Recovery rate: 78.44%
  • U.S. cases: 28,974,623
  • U.S. new cases: 76,905
  • U.S. deaths: 518,363
  • U.S. recovered: 19,340,329
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 3,367
  • Texas cases: 2,629,163 with 7,426 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 43,131 – 311 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 278,494
  • Dallas County new cases: – 789
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,518 – 25 today

Today’s Headlines

February 24, 2021:

What Happens After You Get Your Second COVID-19 Shot?

A lot of people are asking this same question: “I’ve had both of the vaccine shots and it has been two weeks, what can I safely do now?”

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I got vaccinated. What now?

(CNN) The United States Covid-19 vaccination program is gaining steam. As of Tuesday, more than 40 million people have received the first dose, representing about 13% of the country. At the same time, national rates of new infection have decreased, presenting a real opportunity to control the pandemic.

With this progress, though, has come no small amount of consternation. A new set of daunting questions has arisen, the product of an increasing number of vaccines and vaccinees. Reasonably enough, people now want to know the specific dos and don’ts of daily living for the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.
The nub is this: are we re-approaching the glory days of before this pandemic began or is the lockdown drag-out pod-life still necessary? And within this broad question are a million smaller questions: if you are two vaccines in, is double-masking still necessary? What about the 20-second hand wash? And all those pocket-friendly bottles of hand sanitizer — can I toss them already?
Despite being top of mind for so many, there is still no real guide for how to proceed most safely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has addressed this a little, though their guidance has risen only to the level of a Frequently Asked Question response not their more common multi-page, multi-referenced tome. Other than side-stepping the need to quarantine after an exposure, the message to vaccinees basically is this: act like you have not been vaccinated at all.
True, Dr Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to the President, has indicated that revised guidelines, which he believes “will be coming soon,” may “relax the stringency … when people have been vaccinated,” but, presumably, these guidelines will not mandate specific behavior in every day-to-day decision.
Continued caution makes sense. Health experts are hamstrung by a complete lack of evidence-based information and are all too aware of the dangers created if they wing it and try to reconcile public clamoring to lighten it up against basic public health rules of the road. And attempts over the last six months to loosen things up in various states — for example, easing restaurant restrictions or starting up college campus life — have not gone well.

February 23rd #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 71,411 New U.S. cases
  2. 13,463 New India cases
  3. 63,090 New Brazil cases
  4. 11,823 New Russia cases
  5. 8,489 New UK cases
  6. 20,064 New France cases
  7. 7,461 New Spain cases
  8. 13,299 New Italy cases
  9. 5,763 New Germany cases
  10. 8,634 New Mexico cases
  11. 6,304 New Poland cases
  12. 4,182 New Ukraine cases
  13. 6,376 New cases in California
  • Over 112.6 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 28.8 million
  • Over 71K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 112,649,905
  • Daily new cases: 388,578
  • Global deaths: 2,496,666 with 11,302 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.22%
  • Recovery rate: 78.33%
  • U.S. cases: 28,897,718
  • U.S. new cases: 71,411
  • U.S. deaths: 514,996
  • U.S. recovered: 19,212,517
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,406
  • Texas cases: 2,621,737 with 10,075 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 42,820 – 258 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 277,705
  • Dallas County new cases: – 412
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,493 – 18 today

Today’s Headlines

February 23, 2021:

Current Covid-19 Vaccination Rates

Comparing vaccination rates

[CNN] At least 98 countries and territories have started their vaccination rollouts. Different countries have different processes for approving vaccines, and not all countries have deals to obtain doses from manufacturers yet. As a result, countries and territories are at different stages of their vaccination campaigns.

 

Measuring countries’ progress is challenging because many are using vaccines that require two doses. Inconsistent data makes it hard to know how many people have been fully or only partially immunized.

 

The race to get fully vaccinated

Most countries and territories are using vaccines that require two doses to provide the greatest protection. Measuring countries’ progress is difficult, because reported data varies from country to country. Many report only the number of doses administered, but at least 55 break down how many people have received one or two doses.

 

 

 

 

 

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‘We’ve done worse than most any other country,’ Fauci says as US marks grim Covid-19 death toll

(CNN) The US has now surpassed the devastating milestone of half a million Covid-19 deaths. It’s a staggering figure that experts say did not have to be this high.

“I believe that if you look back historically, we’ve done worse than most any other country and we’re a highly developed, rich country,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday.
“It’s so tough to just go back and try and do a metaphorical autopsy on how things went. It was just bad,” Fauci added.
The US Covid-19 death toll is by far the highest of any country — and more than double that of Brazil’s, which according to Johns Hopkins University data has the next highest number of virus-related fatalities.
The US has also reported the most infections, with now more than 28 million Americans having tested positive for Covid-19. That number is more than double India’s case count — second in line, according to Johns Hopkins data — and nearly triple that of Brazil.
Experts have pointed to several factors that may have contributed to a worsening pandemic, including a lack of clear messaging from the country’s leadership, state and local leaders loosening restrictions too quickly, large holiday celebrations and continued resistance to face masks and other safety precautions.
“A mask is nothing more than a life-saving medical device, and yet it got categorized in all sorts of other ways that were not factual, not scientific and, frankly, dangerous,” National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins told “Axios on HBO” earlier this week.
“I think you can make a case that tens of thousands of people died as a result,” Collins added.
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February 22nd #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 60,884 New U.S. cases
  2. 10,013 New India cases
  3. 29,357 New Brazil cases
  4. 12,604 New Russia cases
  5. 10,641 New UK cases
  6. 4,646 New France cases
  7. 20,849 New Spain cases
  8. 9,617 New Italy cases
  9. 9,410 New Germany cases
  10. 2,252 New Mexico cases
  11. 3,891 New Poland cases
  12. 3,206 New Ukraine cases
  13. 4,976 New cases in California
  • Over 112.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 28.8 million
  • Over 60K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 112,261,327
  • Daily new cases: 303,833
  • Global deaths: 2,485,364 with 7,525 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.21%
  • Recovery rate: 78.20%
  • U.S. cases: 28,826,307
  • U.S. new cases: 60,884
  • U.S. deaths: 512,590
  • U.S. recovered: 19,114,140
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,457
  • Texas cases: 2,611,662 with 7,385 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 42,562 – 113 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 277,293
  • Dallas County new cases: – 348
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,475 – 18 today

February 21st #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 58,950 New U.S. cases
  2. 14,759 New India cases
  3. 29,026 New Brazil cases
  4. 12,742 New Russia cases
  5. 9,834 New UK cases
  6. 20,046 New France cases
  7. 0 New Spain cases
  8. 13,450 New Italy cases
  9. 1,673 New Germany cases
  10. 3,104 New Mexico cases
  11. 7,040 New Poland cases
  12. 4,489 New Ukraine cases
  13. 4,611 New cases in California
  • Over 111.9 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 28.7 million
  • Over 58K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 111,957,494
  • Daily new cases: 308,173
  • Global deaths: 2,477,839 with 5,524 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.21%
  • Recovery rate: 77.99%
  • U.S. cases: 28,765,423
  • U.S. new cases: 58,950
  • U.S. deaths: 511,133
  • U.S. recovered: 18,973,190
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,258
  • Texas cases: 2,604,277 with 6,806 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 42,449 – 137 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 276,672
  • Dallas County new cases: – 273
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,457 – 22 today

February 20th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 102,660 New U.S. cases
  2. 14,315 New India cases
  3. 57,455 New Brazil cases
  4. 12,953 New Russia cases
  5. 10,406 New UK cases
  6. 24,371 New France cases
  7. 0 New Spain cases
  8. 14,914 New Italy cases
  9. 7,158 New Germany cases
  10. 7,785 New Mexico cases
  11. 8,509 New Poland cases
  12. 6,295 New Ukraine cases
  13. 8,458 New cases in California
  • Over 111.6 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 28.7 million
  • Over 102K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 111,649,321
  • Daily new cases: 403,804
  • Global deaths: 2,472,315 with 8,701 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.21%
  • Recovery rate: 77.76%
  • U.S. cases: 28,706,473
  • U.S. new cases: 102,660
  • U.S. deaths: 509,875
  • U.S. recovered: 18,899,272
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,129
  • Texas cases: 2,597,471 with 6,158 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 42,312 – 226 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 276,672
  • Dallas County new cases: – 333
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,435 – 25 today

February 19th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 80,289 New U.S. cases
  2. 14,587 New India cases
  3. 51,067 New Brazil cases
  4. 13,433 New Russia cases
  5. 12,027 New UK cases
  6. 24,116 New France cases
  7. 11,435 New Spain cases
  8. 15,470 New Italy cases
  9. 9,050 New Germany cases
  10. 7,829 New Mexico cases
  11. 8,772 New Poland cases
  12. 6,531 New Ukraine cases
  13. 5,355 New cases in California
  • Over 111.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 28.6 million
  • Over 80K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 111,245,517
  • Daily new cases: 410,585
  • Global deaths: 2,463,614 with 11,071 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.21%
  • Recovery rate: 77.42%
  • U.S. cases: 28,603,813
  • U.S. new cases: 80,289
  • U.S. deaths: 507,746
  • U.S. recovered: 18,803,723
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,437
  • Texas cases: 2,591,313with 5,147 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 42,086 – 203 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 276,339
  • Dallas County new cases: – 290
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,410 – 40 today

February 18th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 69,998 New U.S. cases
  2. 12,643 New India cases
  3. 51,350 New Brazil cases
  4. 13,447 New Russia cases
  5. 12,057 New UK cases
  6. 22,501 New France cases
  7. 14,515 New Spain cases
  8. 13,755 New Italy cases
  9. 9,845 New Germany cases
  10. 9,099New Mexico cases
  11. 9,074 New Poland cases
  12. 6,237 New Ukraine cases
  13. 7,107 New cases in California
  • Over 110.8 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 28.5 million
  • Over 69K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 110,834,932
  • Daily new cases: 404,003
  • Global deaths: 2,452,543 with 11,595 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.21%
  • Recovery rate: 77.39%
  • U.S. cases: 28,523,524
  • U.S. new cases: 69,998
  • U.S. deaths: 505,309
  • U.S. recovered: 18,703,421
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,765
  • Texas cases: 2,586,166 with 2,344 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 41,883 – 155 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 276,049
  • Dallas County new cases: – 266
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,370 – 50 today

Today’s Headlines

February 18, 2021:

Covid-19 variants could fuel another surge. Fauci says we have two powerful tools against them

(CNN) Covid-19 variants are threatening to cause another surge of infections, health officials warned Wednesday, and it’s now more important than ever for Americans to continue practicing safety measures that work against the spread of the virus.

“The continued spread of variants that are more transmissible could jeopardize the progress we have made in the last month if we let our guard down,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House briefing.
But by lowering cases, the US will give “fewer opportunities for the variants to spread and fewer opportunities for new variants to emerge,” she added.
It’s a warning that’s been repeated by multiple experts recently as the country’s tally of variant cases keeps climbing while more state leaders are opting to loosen Covid-19 restrictions.
Among the most concerning strains is the highly contagious B.1.1.7 variant, first identified in the UK, that the CDC has previously warned could become “the predominant variant in March.” The agency has reported more than 1,270 cases of the variant across 41 states and Washington, DC.
But the US has two powerful tools that can help against its spread and move the country further out of the pandemic’s tunnel, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN on Wednesday night.
“The two ways that we can counter that is one, continue to do the kinds of public health interventions that we talk about all the time,” he said.
That includes the universal wearing of masks, social distancing, staying away from crowded areas and regular hand washing.

Pfizer says South African variant could significantly reduce vaccine protection

[NBC] A laboratory study suggests that the South African variant of the coronavirus may reduce antibody protection from the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE vaccine by two-thirds, and it is not clear if the shot will be effective against the mutation, the companies said on Wednesday.

The study found the vaccine was still able to neutralize the virus and there is not yet evidence from trials in people that the variant reduces vaccine protection, the companies said.

Still, they are making investments and talking to regulators about developing an updated version of their mRNA vaccine or a booster shot, if needed.

For the study, scientists from the companies and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) developed an engineered virus that contained the same mutations carried on the spike portion of the highly contagious coronavirus variant first discovered in South Africa, known as B.1.351. The spike, used by the virus to enter human cells, is the primary target of many COVID-19 vaccines.

Researchers tested the engineered virus against blood taken from people who had been given the vaccine, and found a two- thirds reduction in the level of neutralizing antibodies compared with its effect on the most common version of the virus prevalent in U.S. trials.

Their findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

Because there is no established benchmark yet to determine what level of antibodies are needed to protect against the virus, it is unclear whether that two-thirds reduction will render the vaccine ineffective against the variant spreading around the world.

However, UTMB professor and study co-author Pei-Yong Shi said he believes the Pfizer vaccine will likely be protective against the variant.

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February 17th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 72,306 New U.S. cases
  2. 12,440 New India cases
  3. 57,295 New Brazil cases
  4. 12,828 New Russia cases
  5. 12,717 New UK cases
  6. 25,018 New France cases
  7. 10,829 New Spain cases
  8. 12,066 New Italy cases
  9. 9,598 New Germany cases
  10. 8,988 New Mexico cases
  11. 8,699 New Poland cases
  12. 4,286 New Ukraine cases
  13. 6,690 New cases in California
  • Over 110.4 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 28.4 million
  • Over 72K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 110,430,929
  • Daily new cases: 398,567
  • Global deaths: 2,440,948 with 11,241 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.21%
  • Recovery rate: 77.26%
  • U.S. cases: 28,453,526
  • U.S. new cases: 72,306
  • U.S. deaths: 502,544
  • U.S. recovered: 18,596,497
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,553
  • Texas cases: 2,583,822 with 4,178 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 41,728 – 76 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 275,783
  • Dallas County new cases: – 383
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,320 – 37 today

February 16th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 63,517 New U.S. cases
  2. 11,396 New India cases
  3. 55,271 New Brazil cases
  4. 13,233 New Russia cases
  5. 10,625 New UK cases
  6. 19,590 New France cases
  7. 10,057 New Spain cases
  8. 10,368 New Italy cases
  9. 5,890 New Germany cases
  10. 8,683 New Mexico cases
  11. 5,176 New Poland cases
  12. 3,143 New Ukraine cases
  13. 7,996 New cases in California
  • Over 110 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 28.3 million
  • Over 63K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 110,032,362
  • Daily new cases: 356,002
  • Global deaths: 2,429,707 with 10,939 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.21%
  • Recovery rate: 77.11%
  • U.S. cases: 28,381,220
  • U.S. new cases: 63,517
  • U.S. deaths: 499,991
  • U.S. recovered: 18,479,418
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,788
  • Texas cases: 2,579,644 with 3,067 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 41,652- 57 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 275,400
  • Dallas County new cases: – 245
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,283 – 13 today

February 15th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

1. 56,233 New U.S. cases
2. 9,358 New India cases
3. 32,197 New Brazil cases
4. 14,207 New Russia cases
5. 9,765 New UK cases
6. 4,376 New France cases
7. 11,942 New Spain cases
8. 7,344 New Italy cases
9. 5,175 New Germany cases
10. 3,098 New Mexico cases
11. 2,542 New Poland cases
12. 2,332 New Ukraine cases
13. 6,161 New cases in California

Over 109.6 million Global cases
Global Deaths topped 2.4 Million
U.S. Cases topped 28.3 million
Over 56K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:

Global cases: 109,676,360
Daily new cases: 287,897
Global deaths: 2,418,768 with 7,297 new cases
Mortality rate: 2.21%
Recovery rate: 74.79%

U.S. cases: 28,317,703
U.S. new cases: 56,233
U.S. deaths: 498,203
U.S. recovered: 18,356,625
U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,029

Texas cases: 2,576,577 with 2,878 new cases
Texas deaths: 41,595- 60 Today
Dallas County cases: 275,155
Dallas County new cases: – 730
Dallas County deaths: 3,270 – 10 today


February 14th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 64,506 New U.S. cases
  2. 11,434 New India cases
  3. 23,258 New Brazil cases
  4. 16,546 New France cases
  5. 14,185 New Russia cases
  6. 10,972 New UK cases
  7. 0 New Spain cases
  8. 11,060 New Italy cases
  9. 4,796 New Germany cases
  10. 5,334 New Poland cases
  11. 3,094 New Ukraine cases
  12. 4,099 New Mexico cases
  13. 5,219 New cases in California
  • Over 109.3 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 28.2 million
  • Over 64K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 109,388,463
  • Daily new cases: 285,735
  • Global deaths: 2,411,471 with 6,074 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.20%
  • Recovery rate: 74.48%
  • U.S. cases: 28,261,470
  • U.S. new cases: 64,506
  • U.S. deaths: 497,174
  • U.S. recovered: 18,224,288
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,111
  • Texas cases: 2,573,699 with 4,375 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 41,535- 129 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 274,425
  • Dallas County new cases: – 885
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,260 – 20 today

 


February 13th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 90,260 New U.S. cases
  2. 12,188 New India cases
  3. 45,561 New Brazil cases
  4. 21,321 New France cases
  5. 14,861 New Russia cases
  6. 13,307 New UK cases
  7. 0 New Spain cases
  8. 13,523 New Italy cases
  9. 6,483 New Germany cases
  10. 6,585 New Poland cases
  11. 5,182 New Ukraine cases
  12. 9,741 New Mexico cases
  13. 8,765 New cases in California
  • Over 109.1 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.4 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 28.1 million
  • Over 90K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 109,102,728
  • Daily new cases: 375,713
  • Global deaths: 2,405,397 with 11,379 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.20%
  • Recovery rate: 74.36%
  • U.S. cases: 28,196,964
  • U.S. new cases: 90,260
  • U.S. deaths: 496,063
  • U.S. recovered: 18,153,126
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 3,542
  • Texas cases: 2,569,324 with 9,211 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 41,406- 269 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 273,540
  • Dallas County new cases: – 879
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,240 – 8 today

 


Today’s Headlines

February 13, 2021:

At least 109 employees at a Colorado ski resort test positive for Covid-19

[CNN] A ski resort in Colorado has had a Covid-19 outbreak, with more than 100 active infections among its employees.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced the outbreak at Winter Park Resort in January but released the data in its weekly outbreak summary on Wednesday.

There are at least 109 employees with active infections, they said.

“It has been determined that these cases have not been traced back to transmission through interaction with visitors but, rather, from social gatherings outside of the workplace and congregate housing,” Grand County, Colorado, officials said Monday in a joint statement with Winter Park Resort.

With ski season in full swing in Colorado, other resorts have also reported Covid-19 cases. But the outbreak at Winter Park is currently the largest, according to CDPHE data.

“We have been working closely with public health authorities since the pandemic began,” said Jen Miller, communications manager at the ski resort. “We did extensive planning and had to get approval from the state on our operations before we could open on December 3.”

Cases linked to socializing and living situations:

Most of the cases have been traced back to social gatherings outside of work and to congregate housing, Miller said.

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February 12th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 104,464 New U.S. cases
  2. 12,137 New India cases
  3. 49,396 New Brazil cases
  4. 20,701 New France cases
  5. 15,089 New Russia cases
  6. 15,144 New UK cases
  7. 14,581 New Spain cases
  8. 13,893 New Italy cases
  9. 9,207 New Germany cases
  10. 6,378 New Poland cases
  11. 4,773 New Ukraine cases
  12. 10,388 New Mexico cases
  13. 9,854 New cases in California
  • Over 108.7 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 28.1 million
  • Over 104K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 108,727,015
  • Daily new cases: 430,968
  • Global deaths: 2,394,018 with 15,194 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.20%
  • Recovery rate: 74.26%
  • U.S. cases: 28,106,704
  • U.S. new cases: 104,464
  • U.S. deaths: 492,521
  • U.S. recovered: 18,040,312
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 5,599
  • Texas cases: 2,560,113 with 11,138 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 41,137- 360 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 272,661
  • Dallas County new cases: – 845
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,232 – 40 today

 

February 11th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 105,026 New U.S. cases
  2. 9,353 New India cases
  3. 53,993 New Brazil cases
  4. 21,063 New France cases
  5. 15,038 New Russia cases
  6. 13,494 New UK cases
  7. 17,853 New Spain cases
  8. 15,137 New Italy cases
  9. 9,918 New Germany cases
  10. 7,013 New Poland cases
  11. 5,039 New Ukraine cases
  12. 10,677 New Mexico cases
  13. 10,305 New cases in California
  • Over 108.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 28 million
  • Over 105K new U.S. cases
Details, Details, Details…:
Global cases: 108,296,047
Daily new cases: 442,952
Global deaths: 2,378,824 with 13,886 new cases
Mortality rate: 2.20%
Recovery rate: 74.18%
U.S. cases: 28,002,240
U.S. new cases: 105,026
U.S. deaths: 486,922
U.S. recovered: 17,930,819
U.S. Daily fatalities: 3,428
Texas cases: 2,548,975 with 16,062 new cases
Texas deaths: 40,777- 397 Today
Dallas County cases: 271,816
Dallas County new cases: – 840 (1st day below 1k since 11/30)
Dallas County deaths: 3,192 – 45 today

Today’s Headlines


February 10th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 97,268 New U.S. cases
  2. 12,760 New India cases
  3. 60,271 New Brazil cases
  4. 25,387 New France cases
  5. 14,494 New Russia cases
  6. 13,013 New UK cases
  7. 18,114 New Spain cases
  8. 12,947 New Italy cases
  9. 9,246 New Germany cases
  10. 6,960 New Poland cases
  11. 3,409 New Ukraine cases
  12. 11,138 New Mexico cases
  13. 8,357 New cases in California
  • Over 107.8 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 27.8 million
  • Over 97K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 107,853,095
  • Daily new cases: 450,297
  • Global deaths: 2,364,938 with 14,017 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.19%
  • Recovery rate: 74.04%
  • U.S. cases: 27,897,214
  • U.S. new cases: 97,268
  • U.S. deaths: 483,200
  • U.S. recovered: 17,827,323
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 3,428
  • Texas cases: 2,532,913 with 8,942 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 40,380- 336 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 270,976
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,411
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,147 – 37 today

 


February 9, 2021:

Double masking can block 92% of infectious particles, CDC says

(CNN) Double masking can significantly improve protection, new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

Researchers found that layering a cloth mask over a medical procedural mask, such as a disposable blue surgical mask, can block 92.5% of potentially infectious particles from escaping by creating a tighter fit and eliminating leakage.
“These experimental data reinforce CDC’s prior guidance that everyone 2 years of age or older should wear a mask when in public and around others in the home not living with you,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, told a White House briefing.
“We continue to recommend that masks should have two or more layers, completely cover your nose and mouth, and fit snugly against your nose and the sides of your face,” said Walensky
Medical procedure masks like the commonly seen blue surgical masks typically don’t fit securely to faces and create gaps, allowing unfiltered air to escape. A fitted cloth mask can act as a cinch and secures the loose medical mask in place. This improves protection by preventing leakage of unfiltered air and particles, better protecting the wearer and those around them.

Double masking and knotting

Beginning in January 2021, the CDC tested two simple modifications to improve the performance of commonly used masks by using the “double masking” and “knotting” methods.
The study found that ‘knotting’ can improve the overall performance of medical procedure masks. By folding mask edges inward and knotting ear loop strings where they meet mask fabric, the excess fabric is flattened and reduces the gap on either side of the face.
A knotted medical mask can block 63% of particles that could contain coronavirus from escaping, a significant improvement from blocking only 42% of particles when unknotted, according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Wednesday.

February 9th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 99.317 New U.S. cases
  2. 10,510 New India cases
  3. 51,733 New Brazil cases
  4. 18,870 New France cases
  5. 15,019 New Russia cases
  6. 12,364 New UK cases
  7. 16,402 New Spain cases
  8. 10,612 New Italy cases
  9. 5,725 New Germany cases
  10. 3,999 New Poland cases
  11. 2,656 New Ukraine cases
  12. 10,738 New Mexico cases
  13. 13,682 New cases in California
  • Over 107.4 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 27.7 million
  • Over 99K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 107,402,798
  • Daily new cases: 396,131
  • Global deaths: 2,350,921 with 14,618 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.19%
  • Recovery rate: 73.84%
  • U.S. cases: 27,799,946
  • U.S. new cases: 99,317
  • U.S. deaths: 479,772
  • U.S. recovered: 17,639,217
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 3,367
  • Texas cases: 2,523,971 with 13,262 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 40,044- 303 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 269,565
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,303
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,110 – 30 today

 


February 8th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 89,226 New U.S. cases
  2. 8,947 New India cases
  3. 25,661 New Brazil cases
  4. 4,317 New France cases
  5. 15,916 New Russia cases
  6. 14,104 New UK cases
  7. 17,171 New Spain cases
  8. 7,969 New Italy cases
  9. 4,885 New Germany cases
  10. 2,431 New Poland cases
  11. 2,141 New Ukraine cases
  12. 3,868 New Mexico cases
  13. 10,960 New cases in California
  • Over 107 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 27.7 million
  • Over 89K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 107,006,667
  • Daily new cases: 322,044
  • Global deaths: 2,336,303 with 9,054 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.18%
  • Recovery rate: 73.69%
  • U.S. cases: 27,700,629
  • U.S. new cases: 89,226
  • U.S. deaths: 476,405
  • U.S. recovered: 17,512,584
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,472
  • Texas cases: 2,510,709 with 9,586 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 39,741- 100 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 268,262
  • Dallas County new cases: – 908
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,080 – 34 today

 


February 7th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 91,767 New U.S. cases – (1st time <100k since 11/2)
  2. 11,673 New India cases
  3. 26,845 New Brazil cases
  4. 19,715 New France cases
  5. 16,048 New Russia cases
  6. 15,845 New UK cases
  7. —– New Spain cases
  8. 11,640 New Italy cases
  9. 6,442 New Germany cases
  10. 4,725 New Poland cases
  11. 3,370 New Ukraine cases
  12. 6,065 New Mexico cases
  13. 10,502 New cases in California
  • Over 106.6 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 27.6 million
  • Over 91K new U.S. cases – (1st time <100k since 11/2)

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 106,684,623
  • Daily new cases: 341,722
  • Global deaths: 2,327,249 with 6,804 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.18%
  • Recovery rate: 73.47%
  • U.S. cases: 27,611,403
  • U.S. new cases: 91,767 – (1st time <100k since 11/2)
  • U.S. deaths: 474,933
  • U.S. recovered: 17,354,388
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,405
  • Texas cases: 2,501,123 with 7,990 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 39,641- 171 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 266,335
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,019
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,046 – 11 today

 


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February 7, 2021:

These are the Britons breaking lockdown. No, they’re not young people partying

London (CNN) Anna says she did not want to break the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown rules.

The 37-year-old has worked through the pandemic. Anna says she cleans an office building in London which is open but nearly empty, as most staff are working from home.
It’s a job the Ecuadorean native has done for five years, after moving to the UK from Spain in 2013 while looking for work. CNN is not disclosing Anna’s real name as she fears repercussions from her employer.
Anna’s employer insisted that she continue to clean the building during the pandemic but cut her hours from five a day to four. She earns £10.75 ($14.77) per hour.
“I have been forced to go to work in a nonessential building,” she told CNN. “There is no one at work, I’m alone.”
Last month Anna caught Covid-19. She’s unsure where she picked it up from but said it was likely “on the bus or on the Underground.” She lives in south London in a shared house and says that at first the virus left her exhausted.
“I had a lot of coughs, fever, fatigue… and dizziness,” she said. “And I [am taking a long time to recover] because this disease is very painful [and] horrible.”
But after staying home for a few days as she recovered from the disease, Anna decided to go into work, as she was only receiving partial pay.
UK government rules state that while recovering from Covid-19, patients should self-isolate for at least 10 full days.
“I only felt tired and [had] a headache,” she said. “That is why I went to work — I also couldn’t afford to stay at home because I received very little salary.
“I feel guilty that I went to work and infected more people, [but] I had no other option.”

February 6th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 112,312 New U.S. cases
  2. 11,948 New India cases
  3. 48,707 New Brazil cases
  4. 20,586 New France cases
  5. 16,627 New Russia cases
  6. 18,262 New UK cases
  7. —– New Spain cases
  8. 13,439 New Italy cases
  9. 8,628 New Germany cases
  10. 5,966 New Poland cases
  11. 4,310 New Ukraine cases
  12. 13,209 New Mexico cases
  13. 11,546 New cases in California
  • Over 106.3 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 27.5 million
  • Over 112K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 106,342,901
  • Daily new cases: 427,614
  • Global deaths: 2,320,445 with 11,412 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.18%
  • Recovery rate: 73.33%
  • U.S. cases: 27,519,636
  • U.S. new cases: 112,312
  • U.S. deaths: 473,528
  • U.S. recovered: 17,268,517
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,823
  • Texas cases: 2,493,133 with 9,718 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 39,470- 334 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 266,335
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,024
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,035 – 10 today

 


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February 6, 2021:

Fake N95 masks have flooded the market. Here’s how to tell the difference

[CNN] There’s one mask guideline that hasn’t changed throughout the pandemic — you definitely should be wearing one.

But what happens when you’re not sure if your mask is real?
Between the time the pandemic began and the year ended, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized over 14.6 million counterfeit face masks entering the US, the agency told CNN.
N95 masks are considered the gold standard for mask usage, but counterfeit doppelgängers may threaten Americans’ safety. Not meeting US safety standards means they may not filter out airborne particles effectively, the agency said.
N95 masks can also be mistaken with KN95 masks, which meet standards in China yet are not certified by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Here’s how you can spot a fake N95 mask.

The most important thing: NIOSH approval

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is a part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that focuses on worker safety and health.
Before filtering facepiece respirators — a fancy term that includes N95 masks — can be used in any workplace, they must be certified by NIOSH.
For an N95 mask to get a NIOSH stamp of approval, it needs to filter at least 95% of airborne particles.
When finding out if an N95 mask is fake or not, NIOSH markings are your compass. But there’s some vetting you can do before you even have a mask in hand.

February 5th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 133,434 New U.S. cases
  2. 11,689 New India cases
  3. 51.319 New Brazil cases
  4. 22,139 New France cases
  5. 16,688 New Russia cases
  6. 19,114 New UK cases
  7. 28,565 New Spain cases
  8. 14,213 New Italy cases
  9. 10,835 New Germany cases
  10. 6,053 New Poland cases
  11. 4,923 New Ukraine cases
  12. 13,051 New Mexico cases
  13. 13,102 New cases in California
  • Over 105.9 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.3 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 27.4 million
  • Over 133K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 105,915,287
  • Daily new cases: 498,163
  • Global deaths: 2,209,033 with 14,614 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.18%
  • Recovery rate: 73.20%
  • U.S. cases: 27,407,324
  • U.S. new cases: 133,434
  • U.S. deaths: 470,705
  • U.S. recovered: 17,146,149
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 3,717
  • Texas cases: 2,483,415 with 14,502 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 39,136- 439 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 265,311
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,424
  • Dallas County deaths: 3,025 – 42 today

 


February 4th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 123,433 New U.S. cases
  2. 12,410 New India cases
  3. 57,848 New Brazil cases
  4. 23,848 New France cases
  5. 16,714 New Russia cases
  6. 20,834 New UK cases
  7. 29,960 New Spain cases
  8. 13,656 New Italy cases
  9. 13,047 New Germany cases
  10. 6,495 New Poland cases
  11. 5,082 New Ukraine cases
  12. 13,575 New Mexico cases
  13. 12,238 New cases in California
  • Over 105.4 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 27.2 million
  • Over 123K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 105,417,124
  • Daily new cases: 509,945
  • Global deaths: 2,294,419 with 15,886 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.18%
  • Recovery rate: 73.13%
  • U.S. cases: 27,273,890
  • U.S. new cases: 123,433
  • U.S. deaths: 466,988
  • U.S. recovered: 17,031,629
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 5,058
  • Texas cases: 2,468,913 with 13,885 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 38,697- 412 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 263,887
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,149
  • Dallas County deaths: 2,983 – 35 today

 


Today’s Headlines

February 4, 2021:

Fauci clears up double masking debate

[CNN]During a White House Covid-19 briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that although the CDC has not yet outlined specific guidelines regarding the trend of wearing two masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, he often double masks.

Watch interview here

 


Increasing data suggests UK variant may be deadlier, says CDC director

[CNN]

Health authorities are still learning about the new coronavirus variants, and whether current health measures are as effective against them — but data suggests that the B.1.1.7 variant, first identified in the UK, may be deadlier than the original strand.

“We know that some of the variants have increased transmissibility, there’s increasing data that suggests that some of the variants, the B.1.1.7 variant may actually … lead to increased mortality, and the jury’s still out with regard to how these vaccines are going to work with against these variants,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on MSNBC Wednesday.

“We’d have to … follow the science, and we are learning more and more about whether our public health measures, our mitigation measures, our mask wearing, our distancing, will be fully effective against these variants, but we have every reason to believe that they will.”

 

 

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February 3rd #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 123,110 New U.S. cases
  2. 12,917 New India cases
  3. 53,665 New Brazil cases
  4. 26,362 New France cases
  5. 16,474 New Russia cases
  6. 19,202 New UK cases
  7. 31,596 New Spain cases
  8. 13,182 New Italy cases
  9. 12,546 New Germany cases
  10. 6,801 New Poland cases
  11. 3,285 New Ukraine cases
  12. 12,153 New Mexico cases
  13. 12,850 New cases in California
  • Over 104.9 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 27.1 million
  • Over 123K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 104,907,179
  • Daily new cases: 514,175
  • Global deaths: 2,278,533 with 15,738 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.17%
  • Recovery rate: 73.05%
  • U.S. cases: 27,150,457
  • U.S. new cases: 123,110
  • U.S. deaths: 461,930
  • U.S. recovered: 16,906,778
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 4,074
  • Texas cases: 2,455,028 with 17,025 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 38,285- 426 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 262,738
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,356
  • Dallas County deaths: 2,948 – 50 today

 


Today’s Headlines

February 3, 2021:

Study showing Oxford vaccine slows virus spread ‘superb’ – Hancock

[BBC]Results that show the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine may reduce the spread of coronavirus have been hailed as “absolutely superb” by the health secretary.

Matt Hancock said the study shows “vaccines are the way out of this pandemic”.

It is the first time a vaccine has been shown to reduce transmission of the virus.

The UK has given a first Covid jab to 9.6 million people so far.

The results of the study, which has not yet been formally published, suggest that the vaccine may have a “substantial” effect on transmission of the virus.

It means the jab could have a greater impact on the pandemic, as each person who is vaccinated will indirectly protect other people too.

Mr Hancock called the study “really encouraging” on Twitter, adding that the results were “absolutely superb”.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, he said this latest analysis showing the vaccine reduces transmission would “help us all get out of this pandemic”.

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Fluvoxamine shows promise in treating Covid-19

[NBCDFW]A commonly prescribed pill–approved more than 13 years ago by the Food and Drug Administration for depression and obsessive compulsive disorder–is showing initial success in preventing people infected with COVID-19 from developing serious symptoms and being hospitalized.

The drug Fluvoxamine, sold by the brand name Luvox, appears to prevent inflammation in the lungs of people infected with COVID-19, which can be fatal.

“What we observed was that all the patients who received Fluvoxamine, none of them had a severe COVID infection that affected their lungs or their respiratory status,” said Dr. Caline Mattar, an infectious disease researcher at Washington University in St. Louis who helped conduct an initial trial of the drug last fall.

Now, Washington University, along with Northwestern University, University of Minnesota, University of Washington and University of Utah, is conducting a larger trial of Fluvoxamine, giving a two-week course of the drug to patients.

“I feel a lot better: I haven’t had any fever; I haven’t had any chills; The stuffiness has gone away,” said Eduardo Veliz of Los Angeles, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, and agreed to be part of the larger Fluvoxamine trial.

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‘COVID Arm’ Describes Side Effect Some Experience After COVID-19 Vaccine

[NBCDFW] As more and more people get their first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, more and more pictures of skin reactions to the vaccine are popping up on social media.

They’re first hand accounts of what’s now being called COVID arm.

“It’s happening about seven to 10 days after. It’s mounting an immune response and what we are seeing are swollen red patches on the same arm that you receive the vaccine on,” said board-certified dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Houshmand, FAAD.

The reaction has been mostly associated with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Health experts aren’t sure whether it’s a reaction to the spike protein in the mRNA vaccine or a preservative but feel confident that it’s a positive response that the immune system is reacting as it should.

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WHO’s research in China takes them to Wuhan virology lab

Hong Kong (CNN) A team of World Health Organization investigators in Wuhan are visiting a laboratory Wednesday that has been the focus of conspiracies and speculation about the origin of the coronavirus pandemic.

The WHO investigators began research in the central Chinese city last week, after a 14-day quarantine and bureaucratic delays. Their work has been subject to intense scrutiny and political pressure from both within China and outside the country.
Few places they are visiting are as controversial as a laboratory run by the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which officials in former US President Donald Trump’s administration suggested, without providing evidence, could have been the origin of the coronavirus.
The lab in question, which is affiliated with the central government-run Chinese Academy of Sciences, is the only one in mainland China equipped for the highest level of biocontainment, known as Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4).
BSL-4 labs are designed to study the world’s most dangerous pathogens — those that pose a high risk for transmission, are frequently fatal and most often have no reliable cure, such as coronaviruses.
The Wuhan lab was created in the wake of the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic, which swept through China and other parts of Asia in 2002 and 2003.
In particular, the Wuhan lab team led by virologist Shi Zhengli, known as China’s “bat woman” for years of virus-hunting expeditions in bat caves, has focused on bat-borne coronaviruses, exactly what the current pandemic is believed to have been caused by.

February 2nd #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 114,703 New U.S. cases
  2. 11,000 New India cases
  3. 56,240 New Brazil cases
  4. 23,337 New France cases
  5. 16,643 New Russia cases
  6. 16,840 New UK cases
  7. 29,064 New Spain cases
  8. 9,651 New Italy cases
  9. 7,627 New Germany cases
  10. 4,326 New Poland cases
  11. 2,394 New Ukraine cases
  12. 4,384 New Mexico cases
  13. 12,646 New cases in California
  • Over 104.3 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 27 million
  • Over 114K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 104,393,004
  • Daily new cases: 461,507
  • Global deaths: 2,262,795 with 15,080 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.17%
  • Recovery rate: 73.04%
  • U.S. cases: 27,027,347
  • U.S. new cases: 114,703
  • U.S. deaths: 461,507
  • U.S. recovered: 16,750,422
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 3,643
  • Texas cases: 2,438,003 with 18,869 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 37,859- 371 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 261,382
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,438
  • Dallas County deaths: 2,898 – 39 today

 


February 1st #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 144,146 New U.S. cases
  2. 8,587 New India cases
  3. 25,285 New Brazil cases
  4. 4,347 New France cases
  5. 17,648 New Russia cases
  6. 18,607 New UK cases
  7. 25,867 New Spain cases
  8. 7,925 New Italy cases
  9. 6,657 New Germany cases
  10. 2,504 New Poland cases
  11. 2,030 New Ukraine cases
  12. 5,448 New Mexico cases
  13. 19,540 New cases in California
  • Over 103.9 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 26.9 million
  • Over 144K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 103,931,497
  • Daily new cases: 406,692
  • Global deaths: 2,247,715 with 9,969 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.16%
  • Recovery rate: 72.87%
  • U.S. cases: 26,911,375
  • U.S. new cases: 144,146
  • U.S. deaths: 454,213
  • U.S. recovered: 16,629,530
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,934
  • Texas cases: 2,419,134 with 21,929 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 37,488- 107 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 259,944
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,427
  • Dallas County deaths: 2,859 – 40 today

 


Today’s Headlines

February 1, 2021:

Can I still spread COVID-19 after getting vaccinated?

[WFAA TV] — A world-renowned epidemiologist in Seattle says it’s still possible to spread the virus after being vaccinated, so masking up and social distancing remains critical.

SEATTLECan you still spread coronavirus, even after you’ve been vaccinated? Unfortunately, the answer is – yes.

To verify, we asked Dr. Peter Rabinowitz, a world-renowned epidemiologist, and the co-director of the University of Washington’s Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness.

“By getting the vaccine, you’re making a huge investment in reducing your risk of both getting it yourself and transmitting it to other people,” Rabinowitz told KING 5. “But that doesn’t mean you’ve gotten rid of the risk.”

As he explained, nothing is fool-proof.

“As good as they are, they are not 100%,” said Rabinowitz, when talking about the COVID-19 vaccines.

“If it’s a 90% effective vaccine, that means there’s a 10% chance that you could still get infected. So, for that reason, you need to consider, when you’re in a high-risk situation – should you wear a mask, should you social distance? And, basically, the answer is yes, you should still continue to do that,” he continued.

He added, even if the vaccine does work properly, “it’s possible that you could be protected against severe infection, but still have a very, very mild case that you don’t even realize. But it is still possible to give to somebody else.”

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The vaccine news continues to be better than many people realize

Infections aren’t what matters

[The New York Times]The news about the vaccines continues to be excellent — and the public discussion of it continues to be more negative than the facts warrant.

Here’s the key fact: All five vaccines with public results have eliminated Covid-19 deaths. They have also drastically reduced hospitalizations. “They’re all good trial results,” Caitlin Rivers, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University, told me. “It’s great news.”

Many people are instead focusing on relatively minor differences among the vaccine results and wrongly assuming that those differences mean that some vaccines won’t prevent serious illnesses. It’s still too early to be sure, because a few of the vaccine makers have released only a small amount of data. But the available data is very encouraging — including about the vaccines’ effect on the virus’s variants.

The vaccines are poised to deliver what people so desperately want: an end, however protracted, to this pandemic,” as Julia Marcus of Harvard Medical School recently wrote in The Atlantic.

Why is the public understanding more negative than it should be? Much of the confusion revolves around the meaning of the word “effective.”

What do we care about?

In the official language of research science, a vaccine is typically considered effective only if it prevents people from coming down with any degree of illness. With a disease that’s always or usually horrible, like ebola or rabies, that definition is also the most meaningful one.

But it’s not the most meaningful definition for most coronavirus infections.

Whether you realize it or not, you have almost certainly had a coronavirus. Coronaviruses have been circulating for decades if not centuries, and they’re often mild. The common cold can be a coronavirus. The world isn’t going to eliminate coronaviruses — or this particular one, known as SARS-CoV-2 — anytime soon.

Yet we don’t need to eliminate it for life to return to normal. We instead need to downgrade it from a deadly pandemic to a normal virus. Once that happens, adults can go back to work, and children back to school. Grandparents can nuzzle their grandchildren, and you can meet your friends at a restaurant.

As Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, told me this weekend: “I don’t actually care about infections. I care about hospitalizations and deaths and long-term complications.”

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January 31st #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 111,489 New U.S. cases
  2. 11,528 New India cases
  3. 27,756 New Brazil cases
  4. 19,235 New France cases
  5. 18,359 New Russia cases
  6. 21,088 New UK cases
  7. 0 New Spain cases
  8. 11,249 New Italy cases
  9. 8,425 New Germany cases
  10. 4,711 New Poland cases
  11. 3,177 New Ukraine cases
  12. 7,030 New Mexico cases
  13. 12,476 New cases in California
  • Over 103.5 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 26.7 million
  • Over 111K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 103,524,805
  • Daily new cases: 389,798
  • Global deaths: 2,237,746 with 8,290 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.16%
  • Recovery rate: 72.57%
  • U.S. cases: 26,767,229
  • U.S. new cases: 111,489
  • U.S. deaths: 452,279
  • U.S. recovered: 16,403,843
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,898
  • Texas cases: 2,383,125 with 12,470 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 37,381- 179 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 258,517
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,617
  • Dallas County deaths: 2,819 – 15 today

January 30th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 143,547 New U.S. cases
  2. 13,604 New India cases
  3. 57,498 New Brazil cases
  4. 24,392 New France cases
  5. 19,032 New Russia cases
  6. 23,275 New UK cases
  7. 0 New Spain cases
  8. 12,713 New Italy cases
  9. 9,841 New Germany cases
  10. 5,864 New Poland cases
  11. 4,685 New Ukraine cases
  12. 15,337 New Mexico cases
  13. 16,991 New cases in California
  • Over 103.1 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 26.6 million
  • Over 143K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 103,135,007
  • Daily new cases: 505,264
  • Global deaths: 2,229,456 with 13,145 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.16%
  • Recovery rate: 72.49%
  • U.S. cases: 26,655,740
  • U.S. new cases: 143,547
  • U.S. deaths: 450,381
  • U.S. recovered: 16,328,950
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 2,922
  • Texas cases: 2,370,655 with 15,346 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 37,202- 315 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 256,900
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,407
  • Dallas County deaths: 2,804 – 32 today

 


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January 30, 2021:

Wuhan: The Lab Leak Hypothesis

[NYMAG] What happened was fairly simple, I’ve come to believe. It was an accident. A virus spent some time in a laboratory, and eventually it got out. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, began its existence inside a bat, then it learned how to infect people in a claustrophobic mine shaft, and then it was made more infectious in one or more laboratories, perhaps as part of a scientist’s well-intentioned but risky effort to create a broad-spectrum vaccine. SARS-2 was not designed as a biological weapon. But it was, I think, designed. Many thoughtful people dismiss this notion, and they may be right. They sincerely believe that the coronavirus arose naturally, “zoonotically,” from animals, without having been previously studied, or hybridized, or sluiced through cell cultures, or otherwise worked on by trained professionals. They hold that a bat, carrying a coronavirus, infected some other creature, perhaps a pangolin, and that the pangolin may have already been sick with a different coronavirus disease, and out of the conjunction and commingling of those two diseases within the pangolin, a new disease, highly infectious to humans, evolved. Or they hypothesize that two coronaviruses recombined in a bat, and this new virus spread to other bats, and then the bats infected a person directly — in a rural setting, perhaps — and that this person caused a simmering undetected outbreak of respiratory disease, which over a period of months or years evolved to become virulent and highly transmissible but was not noticed until it appeared in Wuhan.

There is no direct evidence for these zoonotic possibilities, just as there is no direct evidence for an experimental mishap — no written confession, no incriminating notebook, no official accident report. Certainty craves detail, and detail requires an investigation. It has been a full year, 80 million people have been infected, and, surprisingly, no public investigation has taken place. We still know very little about the origins of this disease.

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January 29th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 173,586 New U.S. cases
  2. 12,516 New India cases
  3. 58,691 New Brazil cases
  4. 22,858 New France cases
  5. 19,238 New Russia cases
  6. 29,079 New UK cases
  7. 39,118 New Spain cases
  8. 13,563 New Italy cases
  9. 12,831 New Germany cases
  10. 6,145 New Poland cases
  11. 5,181 New Ukraine cases
  12. 16,374 New Mexico cases
  13. 19,746 New cases in California
  • Over 102.6 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 26.5 million
  • Over 173K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 102,629,743
  • Daily new cases: 589,545
  • Global deaths: 2,216,311 with 15,268 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.16%
  • Recovery rate: 72.42%
  • U.S. cases: 26,512,193
  • U.S. new cases: 173,586
  • U.S. deaths: 447,459
  • U.S. recovered: 16,199,572
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 3,690
  • Texas cases: 2,355,309 with 18,468 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 36,887 – 357 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 255,493
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,809
  • Dallas County deaths: 2,772 – 24 today

 


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January 29, 2021:

‘Covid tongue’ may be another coronavirus symptom, British researcher suggests

[NBC] — Some patients report tongue discoloration, enlargement and other mouth problems.

There may be another addition to the growing list of strange possible symptoms of the new coronavirus: “Covid tongue.”

A British researcher who is helping to track Covid-19 warning signs is reporting more cases of infected people complaining of tongue discoloration, enlargement and other mouth problems.

“Seeing increasing numbers of Covid tongues and strange mouth ulcers. If you have a strange symptom or even just headache and fatigue stay at home!” Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, tweeted this month.

He believes more than a third of COVID-19 patients, 35 percent, have non-classic symptoms of the disease in the first three days, so it’s important to draw attention to skin rashes, Covid toes and other warning signs that “go ignored,” he wrote.

Spector did not reply to a request for comment, but other researchers have also reported tongue and mouth symptoms linked with the new coronavirus.

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January 28th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 172,406 New U.S. cases
  2. 18,940 New India cases
  3. 60,301 New Brazil cases
  4. 23,770 New France cases
  5. 19,138 New Russia cases
  6. 28,680 New UK cases
  7. 17,346 New Spain cases
  8. 14,360 New Italy cases
  9. 14,883 New Germany cases
  10. 7,153 New Poland cases
  11. 5,529 New Ukraine cases
  12. 18,670 New Mexico cases
  13. 26,975 New cases in California
  • Over 102 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.2 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 26.3 million
  • Over 172K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 102,040,198
  • Daily new cases: 602,198
  • Global deaths: 2,201,043 with 16,827 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.16%
  • Recovery rate: 72.39%
  • U.S. cases: 26,338,607
  • U.S. new cases: 172,406
  • U.S. deaths: 443,769
  • U.S. recovered: 16,070,127
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 4,065
  • Texas cases: 2,336,841 with 20,347 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 36,530 – 413 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 253,684
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,637
  • Dallas County deaths: 2,748 – 33 today

 


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January 28, 2021:

Could post-vaccine life mean we return to normal? Not just yet

(CNN) Mass Covid-19 vaccination programs are underway in many countries around the world, offering the first glimmer of hope that life as we knew it could be back within our reach.

The UK was the first country to begin vaccinating its citizens with a fully vetted and authorized Covid-19 vaccine, and is among the countries with the highest number of vaccines deployed per capita.
But just how quickly can the UK — and perhaps the rest of the world — expect to return to some form of normality? The truth is, not very soon.
Public health experts largely agree that it’s unrealistic to bet on the vaccine being a magic bullet to end the pandemic; they say coronavirus safeguards, such as masks and social distancing, are likely to remain in place for several months at least.
Dr. Paul Hunter, a professor in medicine at the University of East Anglia, told CNN that many factors must be considered before the UK’s lockdown is relaxed — starting with a big drop in severe cases and deaths.
“The issue comes down to numbers really,” Hunter said.
He explained that if the UK was in a similar position to that in August 2020, when the number of number of new cases was below 1,000 on most days — and dipped to lows of 600 — and hospitalizations fell below 100 and daily deaths below 10, then the country would be in a better place to ease some of the current restrictions — given that the vaccination rollout is underway.
But outbreaks are still running out of control across the UK, where on Wednesday, more than 25,000 new cases and 1,725 coronavirus deaths were recorded, taking the number of Covid-19 deaths in the country to 101,887.
Last week, the picture was also bleak, with more than 35,900 cases reported each day and an average of more than 1,240 daily deaths, according to a seven-day average of government data. Two weeks ago, the UK recorded the highest death rate in the world.

January 27th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 154,979 New U.S. cases
  2. 11,752 New India cases
  3. 63,895 New Brazil cases
  4. 26,916 New France cases
  5. 17,741 New Russia cases
  6. 25,308 New UK cases
  7. 40,285 New Spain cases
  8. 15,191 New Italy cases
  9. 16,566 New Germany cases
  10. 6,790 New Poland cases
  11. 3,776 New Ukraine cases
  12. 27,944 New Mexico cases
  13. 11,247 New cases in California
  • Over 101.4 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.1 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 26.1 million
  • Over 154K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 101,438,000
  • Daily new cases: 611,319
  • Global deaths: 2,184,216 with 17,124 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.15%
  • Recovery rate: 72.28%
  • U.S. cases: 26,166,201
  • U.S. new cases: 154,979
  • U.S. deaths: 439,517
  • U.S. recovered: 15,942,757
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 4,065
  • Texas cases: 2,316,494 with 18,561 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 36,117 – 457 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 252,047
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,671
  • Dallas County deaths: 2,715 – 42 today

 


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January 26, 2021:

Oklahoma Wants To Return Its $2 Million Stockpile Of Hydroxychloroquine

The state bought over a million pills last year after then-President Trump touted, with little evidence, the use of the drug as a COVID-19 treatment.

[HUFFPOST] Oklahoma is trying to return its $2 million stockpile of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug once touted by former President Donald Trump — despite limited medical evidence — as a promising treatment for COVID-19.

A spokesman for Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter confirmed to HuffPost on Tuesday that Hunter’s office had been asked by the state’s Department of Health to help them offload the hydroxychloroquine stash. Oklahoma’s The Frontier was the first to report the news.

Oklahoma came under scrutiny last year for its order of 1.2 million hydroxychloroquine pills — about 100,000 doses — from FFF Enterprises, a private medical supply wholesaler based in California.

As The Associated Press noted in April, at least 20 other states also ordered the drug after Trump’s promotion of it, but the vast majority of them obtained the medication through donations. Only Utah and Oklahoma chose to shell out their own money to buy the drug, AP said.

 

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January 26th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 149,625 New U.S. cases
  2. 12,569 New India cases
  3. 63,626 New Brazil cases
  4. 22,086 New France cases
  5. 18,241 New Russia cases
  6. 20,088 New UK cases
  7. 36,435 New Spain cases
  8. 10,584 New Italy cases
  9. 8,457 New Germany cases
  10. 4,603 New Poland cases
  11. 2,779 New Ukraine cases
  12. 7,165 New Mexico cases
  13. 22,058 New cases in California
  • Over 100.8 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.1 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 26 million
  • Over 149K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 100,826,681
  • Daily new cases: 544,543
  • Global deaths: 2,167,092 with 17,647 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.15%
  • Recovery rate: 72.25%
  • U.S. cases: 26,011,222
  • U.S. new cases: 149,625
  • U.S. deaths: 435,452
  • U.S. recovered: 15,767,413
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 4,060
  • Texas cases: 2,297,933 with 22,628 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 35,660 – 332 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 250,376
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,858
  • Dallas County deaths: 2,673 – 36 today

January 25th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 159,472 New U.S. cases
  2. 9,354 New India cases
  3. 28,364 New Brazil cases
  4. 4,240 New France cases
  5. 19,290 New Russia cases
  6. 22,195 New UK cases
  7. 38,682 New Spain cases
  8. 8,559 New Italy cases
  9. 6,916 New Germany cases
  10. 2,674 New Poland cases
  11. 2,516 New Ukraine cases
  12. 8,521 New Mexico cases
  13. 23,236 New cases in California
  • Over 100.2 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.1 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 25.8 million
  • Over 159K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 100,282,138
  • Daily new cases: 510,811
  • Global deaths: 2,149,445 with 10,480 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.14%
  • Recovery rate: 72.09%
  • U.S. cases: 25,861,597
  • U.S. new cases: 159,472
  • U.S. deaths: 431,392
  • U.S. recovered: 15,617,360
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,902
  • Texas cases: 2,275,305 with 19,020 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 35,328 – 135 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 248,518
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,698
  • Dallas County deaths: 2,637 – 8 today

 


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January 25, 2021:

Current trend analysis of Covid-19 growth

[OBLIVIOTS] All of this is taken from the embedded spreadsheets in this Blog, so feel free to peruse the massive amount of data on your own.

These are the U.S. comparison graphs as of Friday night last week (January 22, 2021). Historically, daily numbers are highest Wednesday through Friday and then drop off sharply Saturday and Sunday. then the reporting climbs up slowly starting Monday through Wednesday.
So.
As you can see here, the top line graph is total U.S. Covid-19 cases. As you can see, the growth rate has been steady and sharp until just the last week. It is starting to flatten the curve slightly in recent days. It is too early to get excited about this, but it seems we are past the end of the Holiday Stupidity Spike (choosing my words carefully here).
The middle graph is daily new reported cases. And as you can see it is down dramatically from previous weeks. We need to watch the next 7 days to see if this trend holds.
The problem. And it is a big problem, shows up in the bottom graph of daily reported deaths. It is not going down with the decrease in new cases. It is holding more or less steady at around 4,000 deaths per day.
So we are adding fewer cases, but the same number of people are dying.
And we have no statistics on long term disability after “recovery” from Covid-19. And this may be our biggest problem when we come out the other end of this in two years.
Stay tuned
US Covid-19 Comparison Graphs -1-22

US Covid-19 Comparison Graphs -1-22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


California vs Texas Analysis:

The latest comparison of Texas and California (the two most populated states in the union).
These graphs are as of End of Day last Friday.
The top graph shows case total growth for both states (CA in red).
The bottom graph shows reported daily new cases per day.
As you can see from this graph, California appears to finally be making some progress and over the last week, we have seen the daily new cases decrease, where Texas has been fairly consistent.
The next week will tell us if we have a continuing trend or an anomaly, but it appears we are now on the other side of the Holiday Stupidity Spike.
Let’s all hope that is true.
Keep in mind, California has roughly 30% more population than Texas (roughly 39 million vs 29 million).
All this data can be found in the embedded spreadsheets

The last Covid-19 graphical analysis for today:

Global Covid-19 growth comparison

All this is in the spreadsheets referenced above
3 graphs from the top down:
New reported cases per day over time
Total worldwide Covid-19 deaths
New reported fatalities per day over time.
Starting at the top, you can see our new cases per day numbers spiked at 863,399 new cases on January 7th. Then it leveled off in the 780k highest day range since then. This next week will tell if this is a leveling off trend or not.
The middle line graph is total fatalities worldwide. As you can see, there is currently no sign of leveling off. It is an upward arc.
The last graph is reported new deaths per day and it continues to average in the 15k to 18k range of new fatalities per day. Compare that to the summer when we were averaging in the 6k per day range, this is really bad.
So let’s all be smart. #MaskUP #KeepYourDistance #StayHome

White House criticises ‘chaotic’ vaccine rollout

[BBC] A senior White House official has criticised the Trump administration’s rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine calling it “chaotic” and “very limited”.

President Joe Biden’s Chief of Staff Ron Klain said there was no plan in the federal government for the distribution of vaccines across the US.

The president, who took office last Wednesday, has promised 100 million vaccine shots in his first 100 days.

The US has now reported more than 25 million Covid-19 cases.

About 417,500 deaths have been linked to the virus. In recent weeks, the daily number of Covid-linked deaths in the US has, on some days, exceeded 4,000.

President Biden signed a raft of new measures last week, including boosting vaccinations and testing. He has implored Americans to wear masks and warned that the death toll could get much worse.

“Let me be clear – things will continue to get worse before they get better”, he said.

President Biden’s efforts follow widespread criticism of the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic and of the vaccination programme.

Vaccines have been distributed to states, and states and cities are carrying out the inoculations. But some have complained they are struggling with supply.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 41 million doses had been distributed by Saturday across the country, but only 20.5 million had been administered.

Speaking to NBC News, Mr Klain said: “The process to distribute the vaccine, particularly outside of nursing homes and hospitals out into the community as a whole, did not really exist when we came into the White House.”

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January 24th #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 135,336 New U.S. cases
  2. 12,621 New India cases
  3. 28,346 New Brazil cases
  4. 18,436 New France cases
  5. 21,127 New Russia cases
  6. 30,004 New UK cases
  7. 0 New Spain cases
  8. 11,628 New Italy cases
  9. 10,051 New Germany cases
  10. 4,566 New Poland cases
  11. 3,915 New Ukraine cases
  12. 10,872 New Mexico cases
  13. 21,412 New cases in California
  • Over 99.7 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.1 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 25.7 million
  • Over 135K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 99,771,327
  • Daily new cases: 447,129
  • Global deaths: 2,138,965 with 8,624 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.14%
  • Recovery rate: 71.91%
  • U.S. cases: 25,702,125
  • U.S. new cases: 135,336
  • U.S. deaths: 429,490
  • U.S. recovered: 15,409,639
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 1,855
  • Texas cases: 2,248,859 with 15,555 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 34,971 – 371 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 246,820
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,174
  • Dallas County deaths: 2,626 – 15 today

 


January 23rd #COVID19 Status

Highest Growth Zones:

  1. 176,747 New U.S. cases
  2. 14,891 New India cases
  3. 61,121 New Brazil cases
  4. 23,924 New France cases
  5. 20,921 New Russia cases
  6. 33,552 New UK cases
  7. 0 New Spain cases
  8. 13,331 New Italy cases
  9. 12,428 New Germany cases
  10. 6,431 New Poland cases
  11. 4,928 New Ukraine cases
  12. 20,057 New Mexico cases
  13. 22,854 New cases in California
  • Over 99.3 million Global cases
  • Global Deaths topped 2.1 Million
  • U.S. Cases topped 25.5 million
  • Over 176K new U.S. cases

Details, Details, Details…:


  • Global cases: 99,324,198
  • Daily new cases: 580,350
  • Global deaths: 2,130,341 with 14,005 new cases
  • Mortality rate: 2.14%
  • Recovery rate: 71.86%
  • U.S. cases: 25,566,789
  • U.S. new cases: 176,747
  • U.S. deaths: 427,635
  • U.S. recovered: 15,330,949
  • U.S. Daily fatalities: 3,458
  • Texas cases: 2,248,859 with 15,555 new cases
  • Texas deaths: 34,971 – 371 Today
  • Dallas County cases: 245,646
  • Dallas County new cases: – 1,920
  • Dallas County deaths: 2,614 – 33 today

 


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