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What Is Happening With the Pandemic?

What’s going to happen next?

Don’t take your eye off the ball! This is true in baseball and in pandemics.

What other news items are dominating the news today:
  • Mass shootings
  • White nationalist “replacement theory”
  • Primary elections
  • The war between Russia and Ukraine
  • The price of gasoline
  • The stock market falling
  • Baby formula shortage

It is easy for the pandemic to get shoved to page 10 of the paper (should anyone still read a paper) and not even be front of mind for people as they want to reclaim their personal lives, go on vacation, etc.

Then there is this pandemic item grabbed from the New York Times, with this quote:

“The big unanswered question, experts say,
is whether the rise in cases that is already well underway will be followed by a commensurate rise in hospitalizations and deaths. While hospitalizations are rising, deaths have remained low. About 275 deaths have been recorded each day on a seven-day average, according to the C.D.C. director, but the number has actually dipped slightly in recent weeks.

“‘We could be entering a period where we have an increased number of cases but a substantially decreased severity of illness, so that we see fewer hospitalizations and many fewer deaths,’ said Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

“‘But as absolutely uncomfortable and unsatisfactory as this is, we just don’t know what this virus is going to throw at us in the next 90 days.’

“That poses a messaging challenge for the White House, he said: ‘What we need to do is not whipsaw from, ‘We’re over,’ to ‘Oh my God, how bad it could be.’”
Disaster Zone by Eric Holdeman is dedicated to sharing information about the world of emergency management and homeland security.