For the United States the Vaccines Come Too Late

For America, the arrival of the vaccines is mostly too late. Yesterday there were 2,833 deaths in a single day and the Second Wave isn’t even at its worst yet.

With the country having 100,000 hospitalizations at the beginning of December 2020, it will get worse with most hospitals overwhelmed by Christmas. It’s hard to imagine more than 100,000 people are currently in hospitals across the U.S., sick with Covid-19, as the pandemic pushes doctors, nurses and other health workers to their limits.

Half a million total U.S. deaths by the time the front line is vaccinated is pretty much an optimistic forecast. Currently that number is at 280,000 deaths.

What we have to realize is the true cases of the virus are usually 4-6x those being reported. So the novel coronavirus has really hit the mainstream in South America, in parts of Europe and the United States. Vaccine or not, ready or not.

Of the 100,000 in the hospital in the U.S., nearly 1,940 of those patients are currently in intensive care, with 6,855 on a ventilator, citing the data and Christmas will create a massive third wave. The U.S. is not sheltering in place any longer with news of vaccines.

Johns Hopkins University, which tracks coronavirus case data, reported that 2,804 new deaths were recorded on Wednesday. It initially reported 3,157 new deaths on that day, but revised the number down due to a “tech glitch,” a JHU representative tells NPR. I anticipate 3k deaths a day will be the norm in late December for America.

The upcoming winter months could be “the most difficult in the public health history” of the US, Robert Redfield, the director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday. You can warn Americans about Covid-19, but they don’t want to hear it.

Their wallets and mental health have had enough. They just want to go on living – whether or not that means playing Russian roulette with their lives.

By the end of the 2021, we’ll see around 1 million deaths in the United States. That’s not a success of handling a pandemic, and shows a country that’s incredibly unorganized. Between 10-15 million people will have lost their jobs. Between 20-35% of small business will have closed. The vastly stimulated economy won’t be in good shape. That’s the real reality we’ll be facing once this is winding down.

“The reality is December and January and February are going to be rough times,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield. The U.S. previously reported just over 2,600 deaths on April 15, during the first phase of the Covid-19 surge this spring. Soon we’re going to beat that figure, every single day.

The mental health and long-term Covid-19 impacts are going to be considerable. Around 12% of people who get Covid-19 will be long haulers.

But juggling child-care challenges with work responsibilities takes a toll. There were about 35 million working mothers in the U.S. at the end of 2019 and roughly 9.8 million working mothers in the U.S. are suffering from workplace burnout, according to a new analysis Great Place to Work and health-care start-up Maven conducted based on its survey of 440,000 working parents, including 226,000 mothers. The vaccines really do come too late for America. The damage has already been done and will continue for quite some time.

Covid-19 isn’t just the senior on a ventilator, Covid-19 are the small business owners and Mothers of this country.

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