US reports over 1,000 daily COVID-19 deaths

US reports over 1,000 daily COVID-19 deaths

Deaths in the US from COVID-19 rose by more than 1,000 on Tuesday, the biggest single-day increase since early June. After weeks of declining fatalities, there were more than 5,200 deaths in the week ended July 19. That was the second successive week of rising deaths. The US has recorded 145K deaths so far.

Kathy
Kathy
Matthew
Matthew 3 weeks

The graph that Google provides regarding daily covid deaths is a excellent visual representation of how we are doing as compared to a couple months ago. We are still within range of where we have been since we flattened the curve. Even at its lowest point deaths were spiking between 6 and 8 hundred deaths a day every couple of days. That is what is happening now. For example, deaths yesterday were around 300. Also, not to hit this one too hard, but there have been questionable deaths counted. For example, a couple days ago a motorcycle accident was counted as a covid death. The medical examiner when questioned said, "covid could have caused the accident." (Note I am sure its not hundreds of deaths but it is worth noting). For everyone that is about to freak out about 1,000 deaths, what do you want to do? We have already had lockdowns and they didn't work. Once they were released covid came back. I suppose we could lockdown until there is a vaccine. What if that takes years or never comes? Strict, legally enforceable restrictions on the economy (capacity limits, door testing requirements) could be implemented. Unfortunately, that is going to have severe economic consequences too. I know the normal response is "money isn't as important as lives." I agree. However, we know that severe economic downturns also kill people. Perhaps something as simple as mask mandates could solve everything. The issue with that is when you compare mask usage rates by country there is no correlation between mask usage and lower spread/death. Not to mention that the science regarding mask usage is mixed at best. I ask again, what do you want to do? I suggest that we live life. If you want to wear a mask or stay home, go for it. If you have a business and you want to implement precautions, do it. We should protect the vulnerable (elderly and immuno-compromised) but other than that we should live life. After all, most of the deaths are from ages 65 and older. If you want to do something more ok, what? Remember that the US system has strict constitutional limits that cannot be broken. If you have no suggestions, that fit within our system, I have to assume that you either want to dismantle our system of government in favor of a more powerful government or you are using covid as a political hammer with which to hit your opponents. If there are no great solutions, perhaps it is time we face the fact that covid is here and there isn't much we can do. We didn't create it but it is here and a country this large with a populous that has rights there was never much we could have done after the first few hundred cases. It sucks but people die no matter what we do. Now there is one more thing that might kill you. Life is a little more risky (for most people the new risk is very small) but life still must go on.

R0411
R0411 3 weeks

Wierd that the CDC official data is different. It says that only 336 deaths from 07/11/20 to 07/18/20(if you look closely at the link, that number includes Flu, Pneumonia and COVID). They do say that there can be a lag time in death reporting, so the number may change. I wonder why the COVID19 Tracking Project is being used as the source for these "stories" and not CDC data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm

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