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[COVID] U.S. hits 700,000 COVID deaths just as cases begin to fall

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The United States reached its latest  heartbreaking pandemic milestone Friday, eclipsing 700,000 deaths from COVID-19 just as the surge from the delta variant is starting to slow down and give overwhelmed hospitals some relief.

It took 3 ½ months for the U.S. to go from 600,000 to 700,000 deaths, driven by the variant's rampant spread through unvaccinated Americans. The death toll is larger than the population of Boston.

The latest milestone is deeply frustrating to public health leaders and medical professionals on the front lines because vaccines have been available to all eligible Americans for nearly six months and the shots overwhelmingly protect against hospitalizations and death. An estimated 70 million eligible Americans remain unvaccinated, providing kindling for the variant.

Health experts say the fourth wave of the pandemic has peaked overall in the U.S., particularly in the Deep South, where hospitals were stretched to the limit weeks ago. But many Northern states are still struggling with rising cases, and what's ahead for winter is far less clear.

Unknowns include how flu season may strain already depleted hospital staffs and whether those who have refused to get vaccinated will change their minds.

An estimated 70 million eligible Americans remain unvaccinated, providing kindling for the highly contagious delta variant.

"If you're not vaccinated or have protection from natural infection, this virus will find you," warned Mike Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.

 

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Registered nurse Noleen Nobleza inoculates Julio Quinones with a COVID-19 vaccine in Orange, Calif.

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Nationwide, the number of people now in the hospital with COVID-19 has fallen to somewhere around 75,000 from over 93,000 in early September. New cases are on the downswing at about 112,000 per day on average, a drop of about one-third over the past 2 1/2 weeks.

Deaths, too, appear to be declining, averaging about 1,900 a day versus more than 2,000 about a week ago, though on Friday the U.S. reached the heartbreaking milestone of 700,000 dead overall since the pandemic began.

The easing of the summer surge has been attributed to more mask wearing and more people getting vaccinated. The decrease in case numbers could also be due to the virus ha5ving burned through susceptible people and running out of fuel in some places.

In another promising development, Merck said Friday its experimental pill for people sick with COVID-19 reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half. If it wins authorization from regulators, it will be the first pill for treating COVID-19 — and an important, easy-to-use new weapon in the arsenal against the pandemic.

 

 

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People still pushing C19 fear mongering are politically motivated, and they don't talk about things like treatments, natural immunity, and the fact that the Delta variant is dying out in many states.

Most American people go about their business as usual and couldn't care less about C19 anymore because we have been dealing with it, and we understand the risks.

And as far as the numbers go...there's no way we'll ever get an accurate number since they admitted their tests gave false positives and negatives and couldn't differentiate between C19 and the flu. There have also been countless deaths labeled falsely, and we also know that the vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths have been from people over 70, people with Co morbidity, and/or obesity.

These articles are trash propaganda and should be ignored by any and all.

 

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