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ICUs in Critical Condition

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/* This is NOT a drill : ICUs in critical condition */ 🏥 1 in 4 U.S. hospitals report worrisome ICU bed occupancy levels, up from 1 in 10 from June As AP reports, “a maxed-out ICU can become a staffing and logistical nightmare.” Staff shortages are particularly acute in many places. At one hospital Read more…

What should I make of the “leaked” CDC slides last week? Is Delta worse than we thought?!

COVID Variants Data and Metrics Infection and Spread

A: KEEP CALM AND VAX ON. Just when we thought our summer might be more relaxing than last year, SARS-CoV-2 is humbling us again. But despite the emotionally amped up headlines (which are, after all, designed to make you click), we’re here to reassure you that in countries with access to vaccinations, the trajectory is Read more…

Euro Cup heartbreak, big crowds, and Delta still rising – Update from England

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🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 POSTCARDS FROM ENGLAND 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿: Euro Cup heartbreak, big crowds, and Delta still rising. The lads still did everyone proud, but the boisterous Euro Cup crowds may not have been the best news for COVID-19 cases over the past several weeks. Cases continue to rise in the UK, thanks to the more transmissible Delta variant Read more…

Excess Mortality in the U.S. in 2020

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The oldest Americans bore the brunt of COVID-19 mortality, but working-age Americans suffered the vast majority of excess non-COVID deaths, most commonly resulting from external causes. Today we are thrilled to host Nerdy Guest Dana Glei, PhD, discussing her research on “excess mortality,” including an increase in drug-related mortality during the pandemic. Dr. Glei completed Read more…

So who’s getting COVID-19 these days?

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A: Unvaccinated people, for the most part. Q: Will the “delta” variant change that? A: Not likely. As new cases of COVID-19 continue to decline in the US 🇺🇸and Canada 🇨🇦, but are rising steeply elsewhere (UK 🇬🇧and South Africa🇿🇦, we see you 🤗💕!), you might be wondering who is bearing the burden of new Read more…