COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates: Wednesday / Thursday, Dec. 22-23



This is great news! Unfortunately, my inner Eeyore has some side concerns…

1) Idiots will use it as an excuse not to get vaccinated / boosted, because Hey, if I get sick, I’ll just take a pill!

2) Overstrained medical facilities will be besieged by sufferers demanding The Magic Pill, many of them well past the effectiveness window, and some of whom won’t actually have covid.

3) Too many patients will stop taking the 30-pills-over-5 days too soon, because they feel so much better on Day Three, or they don’t like the side effects… and that will lead to further mutated strains of the virus.

… “There are many of these parties that have 30, 40, 50 people in which you do not know the vaccination status of individuals. Those are the kind of functions in the context of Omicron that you do not want to go to,” Fauci said at a White House briefing.

Early evidence indicates Omicron is less severe than the Delta variant, said Fauci, citing studies from South Africa and Scotland, but warned Americans must remain cautious.

“This is good news. However, we must wait to see what happens in our own population which has its own demographic considerations,” he said…

The seven-day average of COVID-19 cases in the United States rose 25% from the previous week to about 149,300 cases per day, said U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, with average daily deaths up 3.5% at 1,200.

Omicron represents approximately 73% of cases across the country, said Walensky, and as high as 90% of cases in some areas, such as the eastern Atlantic states, parts of the Midwest, South, and northern Pacific states…

The U.S. government will have 265,000 treatment courses of Pfizer Inc’s (PFE.N) COVID-19 anti-viral treatment available by January and 10 million by late summer, said White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients…

The government will provide any resources Pfizer needs for production and will distribute treatments to states and localities at no charge as soon as they are delivered, he said.

Not everybody tests, but just about everybody… uses the sewer system:

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Speaking of ‘supply chain crises’

According to the lawsuit, the vaccine mandate will ultimately force the release of “dangerous ICE detainees being held at county jails across Ohio.”

“We have sheriffs that are going to lose a lot of talented deputies to this mandate, and they’ll ultimately give up their contracts to house ICE detainees rather than see that happen,” Yost said. “Forcing that kind of choice on people who dedicate their lives to keeping our communities safe creates a needless situation in which everyone loses.”

The coalition of attorneys general said the potential workforce loss poses a “significant threat to state economies, as it could exacerbate ongoing gaps in the supply chain.”..

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