Still at 1,000+deaths a day on weekdays, though the full-week average is a little less than that. New cases dropped even more this week. As I have mentioned, it is over because we call it over, not because it really is - yet I don't say that is wrong.
One of the granddaughters has covid for a second time, pretty soon after the first one, illustrating that neither vaccine nor natural immunity nor both together is foolproof. We have a family Zoom call with everyone around the world (spanning ten time zones) today and I will get a count how many of the 17 of us have had covid. It's more than half, anyway.
There has been some flurry because cases are up in China, which does not have a lot of herd immunity. I don't think much will come of it, because they will do whatever it takes to their citizens to contain it. They don't look at individual rights the way that we do.
Update: 10 out of 17 have had it. 4 of the remaining 7 have frequent exposure to lots of people. We'll see.
This may be of interest to you.
More deaths on weekdays - is that an artifact of those doing the paperwork not working on weekends?
In a circle of 15 we've 2 that have had it and know it--and they got it pretty hard.
@ Donna - yes, some states do not report until Monday, and even that seems to get scrambly. Sat-Sun have been the low days and Mon-Tues the high days for two years.
@ Grim - it is interesting. Thanks
My immediate family circle is 9 and 2 of those had Covid last August. One, a vaccinated adult (who was miserable but not ever close to being hospitalized) and the other 11 years old, who had a low fever and mild headache for approximately 24 hours. She was not much inconvenienced being quarantined to her room (with far too many electronics and excellent WIFI) and being told to avoid contact with her (vaccinated) older sister*.
The day before these two tested positive, I spent the evening with them, everyone unmasked. I was the one who alerted them that the 11-year-old felt a bit feverish (using the ancient grandmother diagnostic method of feeling the forehead). Since they'd been on vacation with the other 4 in my circle, I was thrilled to see them safely home and hugs n kisses were not rationed.
Yet, they all avoided contact with me for 10 days. This was the point where I began to ask myself whether Covid was "over" or not -- specifically, for me.
*I find the fake sibling dislike/rivalry between these two lovingly hilarious. While the younger was quarantined, the older made snacks for her with notes saying such things as "I hope you choke on this."
Family circle of 21. Of those 21, 3 Covid cases before vaccines were available. After vaccines, two cases in vaccinated young adults, one case in the unvaccinated young adult. (The unvaccinated young adult is allergic to multiple vaccine ingredients.) So far, no repeat Covid cases.
The group consists of 3 over 80s, 6 between 50 and 65, the rest between 20 and 30. Rates of Covid in this group, 66% of the over-80s, 33% for the young adults. Many of the under-80s counted as essential workers, or live in cities, and thus had close contact with other people.
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