Nearly 2 Years Later, COVID-19 Unknowns Abound

Even when a pandemic begins some 6,000 miles away, there are still many unknowns by the time it reaches your shores. Some of those unknowns continue.

It takes a while to figure out what all the symptoms are. As well as how long they tend to last. It requires time to determine how the illness spreads. And whether medications are effective against it. Plus which precautions to take.

Time is also needed to develop a test for it. And then to produce vaccines to help prevent it. It remains a mystery why some people are asymptomatic, others become mildly ill, and some die.

And then there's the unknown about how long the pandemic will last. A total of 300,777 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the U.S. on January 8, 2021, according to the New York Times. But by late June we were averaging fewer than 12,000 new cases per day.

Many believed we had finally turned the corner. But another surge brought us to an average of more than 160,000 new daily cases by early September. Since then, new daily cases have dropped again. As have hospitalizations and deaths.

Staggering Statistics

But there are currently many hotspots in the country. A spike in Alaska has overwhelmed the state's medical system. Conditions are improving in the South. But, they are getting worse in Montana, Idaho, and parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Still, everyone is hopeful that this time we truly have rounded the bend and are headed for the finish line. The truth is, we just don't know yet.

Coronavirus statistics have been staggering. As of this writing, there have been 44.6 million cases reported in America.

Health experts say the actual number is higher, due to a lack of reporting in many asymptomatic cases.

There have also been 719,000 deaths in the U.S. associated with COVID-19. Globally, as of this writing, there have been 219 million cases reported, as well as 4.55 million deaths.

Trying to Legislate Compliance

Nationally, we've heard many recommendations from Dr. Anthony Fauci and other health officials. Especially about vaccines and behaviors. And now federal government workers are being told they must get the vaccine.

On local and state levels, some of those "recommendations" have become laws. Restrictions have met with both agreement and adamant disagreement.

In California, they're about to put into place the nation's first coronavirus vaccine mandate for school children. That was scheduled to occur after the government had fully vetted the vaccine for those ages 5 to 15.

In New York City, a vaccine mandate for public school teachers and staff has met with considerable resistance. Those who have not received at least one shot of a vaccine are threatened with suspension without pay.

Children the Latest Target

One of the recent concerns about COVID-19 has been a big uptick in the number of infected children.

Kids are much less likely to become critically ill than older people. But pediatric hospitalizations have risen over the last several weeks.

More than 5.7 million children have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic's beginning. Well over 500 Americans 18 years of age and younger have died from it.

States with the most recent COVID-19 cases among children per capita are South Carolina and Tennessee. Parents in those states and elsewhere have said they don't trust the vaccines. And they do not believe that masks are the answer.

At-Home Tests Increasing

COVID-19 symptoms are often like flu symptoms. So there is also concern that people will not know which – if either – they might have during flu season.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is trying to remedy this situation. They're making rapid at-home COVID-19 testing more widely available.

Dr. Jeffrey E. Shuren is director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. He said a new at-home test from Acon Laboratories "is expected to double rapid at-home testing capacity in the U.S. over the next several weeks."

The manufacturer plans to produce more than 100 million tests per month. And more than 200 million per month by February 2022.

Hospitals Denying Transplants

Here's another highly controversial subject. The number of hospitals denying unvaccinated people transplants is on the rise.

An unvaccinated Colorado woman needs a kidney transplant. She has a donor lined up. But she was recently refused an operation by the University of Colorado Hospital. The hospital requires COVID-19 vaccination for organ transplant patients "in almost all situations."

A hospital spokesperson said the mortality rate for unvaccinated transplant patients is 20 to 30 percent. Because they are at significant risk from the virus.

The situation was called "incredibly frustrating, incredibly sad and incredibly disgusting" by a local newspaper.

Complacency Is Biggest Concern

As we head toward winter, with new cases dwindling, health officials are concerned Americans will again let their guard down. Which could spark another surge.

Dr. Stephen Threlkeld is director of infectious disease at Baptist Memorial Health Care in Mississippi. He is one of many medical personnel warning about COVID complacency.

"We have a long way to go before we get well enough not to have bad things happen," he said.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, agrees. "Complacency can be as dangerous as the virus itself," he said. "We must continue to be vigilant."

Hopefully, the latest drop in new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths means the worst is over. But we just don't know. In the meantime, please be careful and take care of yourselves.

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Comments

Janice D - October 19, 2021

I believe this all about politics period. People should take steps to strengthen even after the hysteria is over.
I appreciate your straight forward presentation and attempt to help straighten all the confusion. However, forcing people to be guinea pigs for the government is totally outrageous and denying medical care to people based solely on have a jab or not is not only medically unethical it is down right inhuman! Vaccine should be a choice, my choice for me not the government and I resent that most of all that it is being shoved down our throats by a government I don’t trust anymore.

Lisa B - October 19, 2021

I live in California. As a grandmother I have had the choice for years whether to take a vaccine or not. I have a 99.8% chance of surviving this virus and I don’t intend to take the shot. It’s not actually a “vaccine” although that’s how everyone refers to it. Vaccines eradicate disease. We will never eradicate this virus. It changed daily and has been around for years. I’m disheartened to read the stories of the side effects that people are suffering since getting the shot. These people are being silenced end ignored. There are thousands suffering because of this shot, not because of the virus. The media has done us a huge disservice by hyping up the lies, and ignoring the fact that there are MANY sources for information regarding this shot and this virus from scientists and doctors all over the world. Huge third world countries have been very successful using “cheap” drugs to stay the virus’ death toll. These meds are available in many countries over the counter but HERE we have to dig deep to find someone to prescribe them just so that we have a backup plan. I have two friends that were denied medication they wanted due to the “hospital and FDA not allowing it”. Thankfully they have fought long and hard and have both survived covid pneumonia. They wouldn’t have been in the hospital ICU if they’d had access to meds that keep covid at bay. Meds that have been used 60+ years all over the world. I am far from being an antivaxer but there is NO WAY my grandchildren will be taking this shot. My daughter took it but she knows that it’s not necessary for children. Newsom needs to back off and let parents do their jobs, parent! Thank you for your level headed take on covid.

Jean Lehr - October 19, 2021

Clifford Johnson and I are similar in most ways; I would prefer not to be exposed to those who are not vaccinated. Of course, I miss the old days when our presidents had served in our military too.

Kelly Drake - October 19, 2021

I am grateful to live in this country where I still have freedom of choice. and ability to exercise God given free will. I plan to fight, take up arms, and die for that freedom. It is truly shameful that our freedoms to earn a living and choose beliefs are being threatened due to fear and other nefarious agendas.

Robert Daniel Hayden - October 19, 2021

I’m an ‘essential’ worker in the delivery field. Unionized 100 years ago, we enjoy a special status among the nations workforce. The present climate in the swamp pays homage to big labor; for the present anyway. When this all started, the state propaganda issued from the media invigorated the national mindset from concerned caution early on;!before and during the Presidential Election sufficiently to let in ways to manipulate the voting in most states as planned.
I was born overseas into the military establishment and remained a dependent until I finished school and quickly took up an enlisted post in the military. One thing if any I am sure of: our Federal Government is tired of taking orders from we the people. The Business sector has long been in various degrees the main influence on the direction of this and many cultures around the world and the families leading this part of the human race hold the rest of us in a silent loathing contempt.
I for one have a healthy and vigorous distrust of our elected brothers and sisters in public service. That distrust mixed in with dark influence of the mostly godless leadership from the top of financial industrial sector has fueled their globalist appetite for destruction of our social experiment here and overseas. I take my supplements and my immune system honed over decades of foreign deployments have given me natural immunity to this bio weapon and the few variants deriving from the mRNA’s planned response in human genetics.
If and when I am forced with the threat of losing employment I will certainly not comply. If needed, I will defend my decision with any all means necessary.
Thanks to For Patriots I am better prepared for any and all events that may arise in the future.

Ben Edmonson - October 19, 2021

Thank you for this information. In fact it has been more down to earth than most articles I have read. Less hype and more useful information and encouraging than most of the media out there.

Clifford Johnson - October 19, 2021

I have taken 3 (three) Covid shots and just recently an extra strength regular flu shot. I took these because I have taken vaccines since the 50’s with no side effects. I still believe vaccines should be a choice and not mandatory. Also, I do NOT believe that those who do not receive the vaccine “get what they deserve” as some have put it. I really hate masks and social distancing. Social distancing is not honestly practiced by anyone and most of the masks are worthless.

Dianne Piraino - October 19, 2021

Thank you, Mr. Robert Boyd, for your straightforward presentation of known facts about COVID-19. So much of the information swirling about us seems to be tainted with the presenters’ opinions. It’s difficult to separate truth from fiction especially about what folks should or should not be doing. Many of those “in charge” seem to have some kind of an agenda. Indeed, “we must continue to be vigilant”, and not just about COVID-19. Please continue to keep us informed of the facts, and let’s hope when folks stop listening to the rhetoric, we’ll all stop hearing it. God Bless You.

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