COVID-19 Declines for the 6th Week as Vaccine Deaths Increase

Many news reports get it wrong. The deaths states and territories report for COVID and vaccine deaths on a given day do not represent people who died on that day.

Reported deaths lag behind cases by two to three weeks on average, and many reported deaths actually took place substantially earlier.

Numbers continue to move in the right direction for U.S. COVID-19 cases. While they have declined for six weeks, hospitalizations have dropped for five weeks, and deaths have fallen for four weeks for COVID, but more vaccine related deaths are beginning to increase at a faster pace.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. have decreased every day since Jan. 12, hitting their lowest point since Nov. 4,

California became the first state to surpass 50,000 COVID-19 deaths Feb. 24. The nation’s most populous state and most restricted with lockdowns and mandates was reporting 50,991 total deaths as of Feb. 25. 

Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health is closing its COVID-19 hospital on March 5 and transitioning care to four other hospital campuses. 

The health system is shutting down the 116-bed Green Valley campus nearly a year after it opened on April 13, 2020. More than 4,700 COVID-19 patients have been treated at Cone Health, and most of them were cared for at the Green Valley campus. 

Biden, on Feb. 24, renewed the national emergency declaration for the pandemic. The declaration will continue beyond March 1.

If there has been so much concern, why did the FDA approve on Feb. 25th more flexible storage and transportation conditions for the Pfizer vaccine?

Undiluted frozen vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can now be transported and stored at conventional temperatures commonly found in pharmaceutical freezers for up to two weeks, as opposed to the previous ultra-low temperatures.  

Bottom line: Indicators suggest that far fewer people died of COVID-19 this week than in previous weeks because cases and hospitalizations continue to drop.

“But we won’t see those smaller death numbers for weeks to come — and probably for more than two or three weeks.”

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