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Covid News: US Daily Record for Cases Is Broken

United States has broken a record for average daily infections, according to the The New York Times, which reported 267,000 fresh Covid cases in the country.

It comes after the hard-hit country decided to shorten the recommended Covid-19 isolation and quarantine period from 10 days to five, drawing criticism from some medical experts who said it could create more confusion and fear among Americans.

"The previous US daily cases record was set on January 11, 2021 when the seven-day average was 251,232," Times reported, adding Mid-Atlantic areas like Washington, Maryland and Virginia broke records for daily cases a day ago.

Tracking coronavirus vaccinations and outbreaks in the U.S. | Reuters |

WHO warns of Omicron overload as France reports record of nearly 180,000 Covid cases

France reported a record high of 179,807 new confirmed cases in a 24-hour period on Tuesday, by far the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

The previous record of 104,611 was set on Saturday. 

Omicron could overwhelm health systems as cases rise to record highs in Europe

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 12:56:43 PM EST
Because the Netherlands misjudged and were late in organizing the booster jab campaign, they needed to go into lockdown during the last three weeks of December ... the most effective method to mitigate the spread of the new Omicron variant 😄

Self explanatory graph of infections per age group and the Covid-19 waves in the nation ... clearly visible the foolish easing in June and extreme Summer surge in July.

The Christmas days and large family gathering will cause a rise in Omicron cases in coming weeks. Already the age group 20-29 has broken the downward trend of the lockdown.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 12:57:53 PM EST
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Yeah, the obvious reaction to the discovery of the Omicron variant was to introduce a two week quarantine on flights and a lockdown over the whole continent. Instead we got an industrial-strength gaslighting campaign and are going to let the virus ran completely unchecked.

Austria also had a bit of fortunate timing since were in what they call a lockdown these days. Our government also had mishandled the Delta wave something fierce. But that piece of good luck amid the massive failure seems to be over. Cases had a pretty big jump today and the reasonable assumption is that they will continue to rise tomorrow. Going to get a last round of in person events in before I crawl back into the pandemic bunker.

by generic on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 01:55:27 PM EST
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Yeah ... don't let the virus stop you from having fun in the Alps or shopping in Aachen, or Cologne or Antwerp ... if needed for safe destinations one can fly to Vienna or cross the non-existent Schengen border to get boosted in Northern France ... entrepreneurial spirit of the Dutch.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 02:56:41 PM EST
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I do enjoy the story arc from panic on the 23rd(?) of November, a full month of "it's mild and might even end the pandemic" to:

Even if turns aren't all that surprising if you are paying attention.
by generic on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 04:05:56 PM EST
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retrieved 29 Dec 2021 EST

COVID-19 Statistics a/o 27 Dec 2021, retrieved 29 Dec 2021

TRACKING SARS-COV-2 VARIANTS, "SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing Update (24 Dec 2021)", 33 pp


The most infectious period is thought to be 1 to 3 days before symptoms start, and in the first 7 days after symptoms begin. But some people may remain infectious for longer and this is because typically with viruses, the higher the viral load (the more virus circulating in the body), the higher the risk of transmission through known transmission pathways. So the more severe the illness and the higher the viral load, the longer you continue to shed the virus and are infectious.

If someone with mild disease has been symptom-free for 3 days and they developed their first symptoms more than 10 days prior, they are no longer considered to be infectious.
If a worker has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and isolated in accordance with the guidelines, an employer may only allow a worker to return to work on the following conditions:

  • The worker has completed the mandatory 10 days of self-isolation;
  • The worker may need to undergo a medical evaluation confirming fitness to work.
  • The worker on returning to work then needs to wear a surgical mask for 21 days from the positive test result while at work and practices social distancing and good respiratory and hand hygiene.

archived exceptional "confusion, doubts" 2 days ago

by Cat on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 07:17:35 PM EST
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