Year-end holidays are traditionally times when people travel distances to reunite friends and families, or even have simple parties to celebrate the milestones of another year. What we have learned over the past few months is that these types of events are exactly what fuels COVID-19 outbreaks and even spread as people take infections back with them when they go home.
There was a Large study announced this week from Australia addressing the survival of the virus on various surfaces. The virus can be recovered over a longer duration of time than previously thought.
In the US, current levels are at about 75% of the peak seen in mid-July, but they are still steadily rising…not as fast as of late June and early July, but there is no evidence of a new peak.
Most of the news of the last week has surrounded President Trump’s diagnosis and apparent rapid recovery from COVID-19. As of right now, we do not know where the infection occurred.
COVID-19 cases are once again on the increase in much of the world except for China. Fortunately, these rates do not apply to death rates.
This week Dr. Fauci clarified that he fully expects that anyone who wants to be vaccinated will be fully vaccinated by April of next year or roughly 6-7 months from now.
An independent safety board has reviewed all the available data on the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine. The assessment concluded that there was no evidence that the adverse event was due to the vaccine.
AstraZeneca working in conjunction with the University of Oxford had a single test subject who developed a significant medical issue.
Emergency Use Authorization for at least one of the vaccines, could be issued as early as late next month or early in November.
Many of us are beginning to get a sense that we have fallen into a COVID-19 rhythm. That is both good and bad.