As we approach the latter part of the summer, people should be asking the question: “What will this year’s flu season look like?” A bad flu season, as we had 2 years ago, combined with COVID-19 would significantly run the risk of overwhelming the health system.
Total new cases throughout the world increased throughout June and July, peaking towards the end of June at slightly over a quarter million new cases per day.
Currently, the World Health Organization estimates that 16% of people infected with COVID 19 are asymptomatic and are still capable of transmission. The data also shows that up to 40% of novel coronavirus transmission comes from these people who are asymptomatic.
News on vaccines continues to be very promising. Several of these vaccines are going into final stage trials known as stage III.
The biggest issue of the week continues to be the ongoing disparity in case counts between the United States and the rest of the developed world.
North and south America have become the epicenter of the pandemic. South America and Specifically Brazil appear to be the hardest hit.
A major concern this week is the resurgence in cases of COVID-19 in many states along the country’s southern tier. Very importantly, as the United States reopens its economy, it does not mean that the county is returning to where it was in March.
This pandemic cannot be looked at as a single international epidemic, but rather as a series of linked regional epidemics.
This blog post takes a look at what has actually changed about drivers of COVID-19 and clarifies some of the new updates that have been shared over the past couple of weeks.
This week’s blog post walks you through the latest developments on reopenings in the US and globally, the latest vaccine developments, and the potential for a second wave.