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US Covid-19 deaths push past 200,000 people

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New Covid-19 cases in the US increase continue to drop slightly as the nation pushes over 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Meanwhile, Pfizer’s CEO predicts it’s likely the US will deploy an effective vaccine before the end of the year, despite scientists saying the forecasts are ‘optimistic’ at best.

CEO Albert Bourla maintained that it’s “likely” the US will have a Covid-19 vaccine to the public before year-end and that the company is prepared for that scenario, pushing back against more tepid expectations shared by health authorities.

Bourla says he’s “quite comfortable” that the vaccine the company is developing in partnership with BioNTech SE is safe and that it could be available to Americans before 2021, contingent on an approval from US regulators.

“I cannot say what the FDA will do. But I think it’s a likely scenario, and we are preparing for it.”

The 11,015 deaths recorded in the US between August 30 and September 13 were 17% fewer than the previous two weeks’ total of 13,244, according to figures from Worldometers.info.

Dr. Sadiya Khan, an epidemiologist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said that most of the dead in recent weeks have been the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions, but hundreds of new cases in recent weeks have been students who contracted the virus after returning to classes on college campuses.

“It may be a statistical blip, it may be because the treatment is getting better, or it may be because the patients have been getting younger.”

“Currently, some 20% of the cases in hospital ICUs are people between the ages of 18 and 34 whose chances of survival are better than those for the elderly or already ill people.”

7 months after US President Donald Trump privately told The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward that the coronavirus was “deadly stuff,” the US continued to lead the world with 200,197 deaths and 6.8 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 (as of 11am Thai time).

Right now, the US accounts for over a 5th of the world’s 939,918 fatalities and a fifth of the more than 29 million cases, according to the Worldometers.info dashboard. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, a research facility the Trump administration has quoted with its Covid-19 predictions in the past, is projecting there could be over 400,000 deaths in the US by the end of the year.

President Trump has denied lying about the severity of the pandemic to the American public following revelations over his interviews with Bob Woodard back in February. And despite the increasingly grim numbers, he has repeatedly praised his administration’s response to the crisis that has wrecked the US economy and continues to claim at least 800-1,200 lives each day across the country.

Although there has been a drop in new cases in Arizona, Florida and Texas – earlier ‘hotspots’ for the 2nd wave of cases across the US, South Dakota and neighbouring Midwest states are seeing big increases in new cases. Public health officials point the finger at the massive ‘Sturgis motorcycle rally’ last month, where there was little or no mask-wearing or social distancing, plus the resumption of children returning to school.

While US policy-makers and police grapple with how to enforce mask-wearing, the Jakarta Post is reporting that in Indonesia local authorities have come up with a jarring punishment for people caught not wearing a face mask. They’re making them dig the graves of Covid-19 victims. So far 8 people have been sentenced to the role of grave diggers.

“There are only three gravediggers at the moment, so I thought I might as put these people to work with them.”

 

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    Glenn

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 11:47 am

    This is the typical cut and paste reporting that most newspapers do.

    Why no reference to the recent deaths revision from the CDC in which they attributed only 6% of the previously stated CV deaths to CV only. The remaining 94% were in very old people who had 2.6 co-morbidities (ie they were on deaths doorstep already).

    No mention of the hundreds of news articles that found many Florida hospitals showing testing 95, 97, and 100% positive results – a statistical impossibility. New reports then followed that those hospitals admitted giving incorrect numbers and should have been around 4% (instead of 96%+). A pretty big mistake eh?

    Austin Texas testing “presumed” that anyone tested positive had contact with 15 other people so they showed 16 positive cases – even if the tested person was asymptomatic…

    And there are reports of people going to get tested, signing up or signing in, but then going home and not getting tested. Few days later they receive an official letter stating that they tested positive. Made up from nothing.

    I could write pages and pages of similar, but you get the idea. “A virus to deadly that you need to be tested to know if you are sick.” “A virus that can have no symptoms and the person appears perfectly healthy.”

    I sure would like to read good reporting rather than cut and paste propaganda.

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      Don R

      Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      Because the media is deeply committed the narrative that the virus is a serious threat. If they back down now and admit that the whole thing is was a massive overreaction, then they’ll lose credibility.

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        justin

        Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 2:49 pm

        The media has no real credibility these days as is. They should be taken to account for causing this chaos.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    “Why no reference to the recent deaths revision from the CDC in which they attributed only 6% of the previously stated CV deaths to CV only. The remaining 94% were in very old people who had 2.6 co-morbidities (ie they were on deaths doorstep already).”

    Because that’s not what the CDC said – it’s, quite simply, a complete lie. What the CDC said was that 94% had “co-morbundities” (other factors were involved) varying from obesity to high blood pressure. That applies to around a third of the US population, hardly all of whom are “on death’s doorstep”.

    “No mention of the hundreds of news articles that found many Florida hospitals showing testing 95, 97, and 100% positive results – a statistical impossibility.”

    Because they don’t exist as described. It’s yet another complete lie. There weren’t “many”, there were three (3).

    “Austin Texas testing “presumed” that anyone tested positive had contact with 15 other people so they showed 16 positive cases – even if the tested person was asymptomatic…”

    No, they showed one (1) tested positive case with 15 presumed contacts, which is the widely accepted norm.

    The term “asymptomatic”, which you clearly either don’t understand or have your own definition of, means not showing any symptoms. Crucially, though, someone who’s asymptomatic is still a carrier so at least as likely to pass on a virus as someone who’s ill; generally more likely, since neither they nor anyone around them will take any extra precautions.

    “And there are reports of people going to get tested, signing up or signing in, but then going home and not getting tested. Few days later they receive an official letter stating that they tested positive. Made up from nothing.”

    Yes, “reports”, based on an inevitable one or two mistakes in nearly one hundred million tests.

    “I could write pages and pages of similar, but you get the idea.”

    About the only valid point made – I’m sure you could.

    “A virus to deadly that you need to be tested to know if you are sick.”

    No, you don’t “need to be tested to know if you are sick”. You “need to be tested” to know if you’re asymptomatic and going to make other people sick (and dead). Hardly the same thing, as it applies to up to 80% of those with Covid-19 which is exactly why it’s so dangerous.

    “A virus that can have no symptoms and the person appears perfectly healthy.”

    That’s what “asymptomatic” means. Many viruses are asymptomatic for some people, from typhoid to cholera, polio, Hepatitis B and C, TB, even HIV; that doesn’t make them or those they pass the virus on to immune.

    “I sure would like to read good reporting rather than cut and paste propaganda.”

    Then maybe you should stick to QAnon.

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      Glenn

      Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 9:17 am

      Isaan John,

      – ah I see, the CDC admitted to huge misstatements of deaths because of CV and it doesn’t fit your frame of thinking, so oh now they are now telling a lie.

      – a co-morbidity is a very serious condition, not a common cold or sniffles. It classifies an affliction that one is very likely to die from. 1/3 of americans do NOT have 2.6 average co-morbidities.

      – 1 positive test = 15 presumed contacts (infected) is the widely accepted norm ?? maybe in the world of propaganda and fear mongering, not in the real world, unless those counting WANT to stoke fear, or are *paid* based upon ‘cases’.

      – asymptomatic means no symptoms. so a perfectly healthy person, asymptomatic, can be a deadly carrier? that is what you believe? So sick and infected that you need a test to tell you if you are sick…That sort of thinking allows the fear mongers to point at EVERYONE as a deadly carrier. nope- another propaganda point.

      John, take your fear-porn and hide in your room. If you must go outside wear a hazmat suit. The statistics do NOT show CV to be a deadly virus, your fear mongering does. As per worldometers, 945 thousand deaths (so they report) and a world pop of 7.8 billion equals a 0.012% death rate. That is NOT a deadly pandemic virus. Discount the 945K at some reasonable ratio similar to what the CDC said, and you have a giant nothing burger.

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      Jim

      Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 9:12 pm

      ISSAN JOHN. You are a little to quick to dismiss the evidence. I have personally known 3 people who went to Jacksonville,Fl to get tested. They filled out the forms but the line was very long, so they left. 4 days later, they were notified that they had tested positive!
      The Orlando Sentinel ran an expose about how certain labs were finding a 100% Covid positive rate!
      There have been many doctors testifying that they were told to list Covid as the “cause of death” when their clinical judgement indicated that the people had died of other causes..like a motorcycle crash!
      The Charlotte Observer reported:
      More than 6,700 people in Mecklenburg County received text messages from the county Health Department on Friday that they had tested positive for COVID-19. And more than 500 people were told the same news via a county email.
      But it was a “mistake”!
      It is clear that there is an organized effort to inflate both the # of cases and the death rate. Who would do such a thing? It’s common knowledge that the Democratic Party is the party of government. They occupy a majority of the senior positions in Health depts. at both the state and federal level.They also control 80% of mainstream media. They do not have any problem committing a little fraud in the interest of defeating the hated Trump.

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    Don R

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Less than objective little tidbit about Indonesia at the end there.

    It would make more sense to force journalists who promoted mass hysteria to dig graves of anyone who dies under the age of 50.

    Imagine if the media had given proportionate coverage to tobacco, a product that kills about 7 million people every year.

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    돈 버는 방법

    Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Best view i have ever seen !

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