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  1. Long term, the virus likely becomes endemic producing mostly mild symptoms which people won't need to be tested for, like the over 4 endemic circulating coronaviruses. The exact path from here to there is a bit of a question mark, as it depends on both vaccine uptake and evolution of the virus. We just don't have another pandemic coronavirus to definitively compare it to, although it has been suggested this is what actually happened in 1890. In that case there were waves of varying severity over 4-5 years before becoming endemic. Of course there was no vaccine then nor did we have the tools to monitor virus evolution on short time scales.
  2. All metrics currently suggest continued dropping off the peaks earlier this month. Cases, positivity, hospitalizations all falling. Reasonable chance 7-day case average falls below 200k by end of the week. Would think deaths start a steady fall around by the end of the month. Numbers are at such a high level it will take time to get them down though, even with vaccinations coming. The only thing that would throw a wrench in declining numbers IMHO would be increased prevalence in either imported or (potentially) homegrown variants with increased transmission rates. Natural selection will favor such variants as numbers drop overall. Hopefully even if this scenario does come of pass by that time a large percentage of the most at risk have bean vaccinated. This would significantly reduce mortality and hospital strain.
  3. The good news is it appears nationwide cases and hospitalizations have finally peaked. Deaths should peak by the end of the month. How quickly the numbers drop is still a bit of a guess though. Depends on things like how fast vaccinations ramp up and what the virus itself does.
  4. How many years has the Atlantic have more ACE then the WPAC? Can't imagine it happens that often.
  5. The fact of it being a much greater risk to the elderly has been known for a long time. We know ~40% of all deaths are in long term care. We also know the mortality risk for younger adults and children, especially those without aggravating conditions is minimal, thankfully. That said, there is still higher hospitalization and mortality risk for any group other than children compared to the flu, plus the risk of long haul symptoms. There is a middle ground between comparing it to the Spanish Flu (which had a different mortality curve plus many people died from what would be treatable bacterial infections today. If it happened today there would have been far less deaths) and somehow suggesting the virus has minimal risk to anyone who isn't in a care facility. There have been >60,000 deaths under the age of 65.
  6. Cases should really drop as we move toward Spring due to a combination of greater population immunity combined with seasonal factors, IMHO.
  7. Not likely, we will get a good portion of the way there via infection unfortunately, though.
  8. From looking at the hospitalization numbers you see the change in hospitalizations was +7200 in last 7 days, but +5300 the 7 days prior. Since the Wednesday numbers were not impacted by the holidays, it is likely you are seeing the impacts of holiday gatherings on the numbers. It also 12 days post-Christmas, which is about the time you would begin to see more severe symptoms requiring hospitalization.
  9. Yeah numbers today are awful, 260k cases over 4,000 deaths on Worldometer
  10. The only thing is hospitalizations should be peaking prior to deaths peaking. Doe not make sense for deaths to have peaked just before Christmas if hospitalizations have risen 10-15% since then. AFAIK nothing new has been applied in the hospital setting to meaningfully reduce mortality.
  11. We really need to get vaccinations moving. Current pace is not going to cut it.
  12. Big reason the national hospital numbers are still rising is the Midwest numbers are not falling too fast while the entire southern US/4 most populated states are continuing to jump. States like Florida, Georgia & Texas are really starting to really go off the rails. 31K cases in Texas is...not good.
  13. 8,590 hospitalized in NY (+240), not great, only NY and MA still have rising numbers in the northeast really.
  14. - In hospital: 128,210 (+2,666) - In ICU: 23,435 (+204). Similar to last week, big jump following lower reporting over the holiday weekend. Important thing here is hospitalizations are still increasing, despite the apparent peak in cases back on Dec. 17-18, ~18 days ago (and before the holidays were effecting reporting). This is different that the summer when hospital peak occurred 5-7 days after peak in cases. Nationwide positive rate is also continuing to rise from 11% before Christmas to 13.5% now.
  15. Holidays are messing with the numbers. Will take another week until the normal reporting gets back on track.