A New, More Contagious COVID Strain?

“Nations around the world are stopping flights from England to prevent the spread of a new strain of COVID that is 70% more contagious.” Have you heard headlines like this in the past few day? I sure have. I’ve got very mixed feelings about commenting on this, because maybe this will scare some public officials

Learning from Senegal

COVID around the world, Dec. 19, 2020 I have a friend who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. America’s response to COVID has often been compared to that of a “third world country,” or as Trump calls them, “shithole countries.” My friend sent me a link to a story about how they’re handling the

Weekly COVID Update – Dec. 18, 2020

The Data Ordinarily, I put commentary on my charts from covidactnow.org. It’s no longer necessary. Everything is going straight up. We are now reaping what we sowed for Thanksgiving. It takes about two weeks after a super-spreading event for cases and hospitalizations to grow, and that’s exactly where we’re at now. When I first started

Weekly COVID Update – Dec. 10, 2020

The Data No one who has a scientific approach to the pandemic expected anything but this, but the numbers are stark. We are facing growth rates that dwarf anything we saw in the spring. This is especially tragic, since in a few days, we will likely start vaccinating Americans, using vaccines that have an incredible

Weekly COVID Update – Dec. 3, 2020

Current Situation: Bad & Getting Worse The charts below show a leveling off and in some cases a slight drop after Thanksgiving. This is most likely a mirage, caused by reporting delays normal for a weekend and compounded by the Thanksgiving holiday. I have not encountered a single serious epidemiologist who thinks were headed for