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Dr. Stuart Weiss: COVID-19 Update Monday 22-Feb-2021

By Dr. Stuart Weiss, Intelligent Crowd Solutions – Rapid Test Center of NY

Rapid Test Center of New York
Dr. Stuart Weiss, FACEP, FAAP, CBCP

February 22, 2021

CoViD-19 News and Information you can trust. Welcome new readers from the Rapid Test Center.

Topics: A Grim Milestone that only took a month to reach

New Testing Centers Open! We have opened our testing center in Chelsea in Manhattan and lower Westchester County . They are going great and we’re planning several more. Stay tuned.

A Grim Milestone

Today, the US surpassed 500,000 known CoViD-19 related deaths. One month ago, we were at 400,000 deaths. We now have more people who have died in the US from CoViD than all the American soldier deaths in World War I, World War II and Vietnam combined. Half a million people have lost their lives to the pandemic, far more than any other country in the world. Our population represents only 4.25% of the global population but we represent 20% of the global CoViD deaths.

This means that 1 out of every 670 Americans have died from CoViD. CoViD-19 is now the leading cause of death in the US right alongside heart disease and cancer. Our life expectancy has fallen an entire year in this country. This is the largest life expectancy drop in our country since World War two. Life expectancy is a basic measure of the health of a group of people. This huge drop is indicative of the large toll CoViD has taken on our society.

The New York Times today reported on this today and quoted Professor Jeffrey Shaman, a professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University:“The magnitude of it is just horrifying,” said Jeffrey Shaman, a professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University who has modeled the virus’s spread and says that the scale of loss was not inevitable, but a result of the failure to control the virus’s spread in the United States. “It’s been a failure,” he said.

There is reason for hope at the moment as the numbers of new cases continue to drop. The rolling 14 day average of new cases is down 44% and the 14 day rolling average of new deaths is down 32%. This is a good trend but we are still at higher rates than we have ever been before.

Each death was remembered and honored tonight at a ceremony at the White House by President Biden and Vice President Harris. President Biden called for the lowering of federal flags to half-mast for five days.

“We often hear people described as ordinary Americans,” Mr. Biden said in a televised address before the ceremony. “There’s nothing ordinary about them. The people we lost were extraordinary, they span generations, born in America and immigrated to America. But just like that, so many of them took their final breath alone in America.”

“This nation will smile again,” he added. “This nation will know sunny days again. This nation will know joy again. And as we do, we’ll remember each person we lost, the lives they lived and the loved ones they’ve left behind. We will get through this. I promise you.”

From all of us at Intelligent Crowd Solutions and Event Medical Services, our hearts, prayers and thoughts go out to all the people who lost loved ones, family members and friends to this virus.
Dr. Stu Weiss
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Coronavirus update for February 22, 2021

World Wide Updates

Spain has administered more than 3 million vaccine doses, health officials say
Boris Johnson lays out a 4-month timeline for easing UK Covid-19 restrictions
Vaccine rollout is linked to a “substantial” drop in risk of Covid-19 hospitalization in Scotland
Novavax says enrollment of its Phase 3 Covid-19 vaccine trial in US and Mexico is complete
Mediterranean region imposes partial weekend lockdown
Sanofi and GSK start Phase 2 trial of their vaccine, and Phase 3 could begin by April
France rugby captain among team’s 5 new Covid cases
WHO renews call for Tanzania to start reporting Covid-19 cases
Tennis fans criticized for jeering Covid-19 vaccine announcement
No quarantine if entering Poland with a negative Covid-19 test result
Gaza to start vaccine rollout today
The Covid incidence rate is increasing slightly in Germany
UK prime minister warns there will be more deaths as he announces “cautious” exit from lockdown
Australia kicks off vaccination program for frontline workers
US surpasses 500,000 total deaths from Covid-19
France sees Covid hospitalizations rise for second day in a row
Slovakia asks EU for help due to ‘tragic’ Covid-situation
Total Cases Worldwide: 112,215,804
Total Deaths Worldwide: 2,483,732
Total Recovered: 87,650,901

US Updates

Biden marked upcoming 500,000 Covid deaths with candle lighting ceremony
NYC movie theaters to reopen and latest nursing home COVID visitation rules, Cuomo announces
McConnell makes case for bipartisan Covid relief as US surpasses 500,000 virus deaths
72% of children live in a Covid red zone under CDC school guidance, analysis shows
School study highlights need to scale up coronavirus vaccination, CDC chief says
White House adviser says all vaccine doses delayed by weather will be delivered by mid-week
Florida surpasses 30,000 resident deaths from Covid-19 since start of pandemic
Chain drug stores urge White House to “more fully supply” Covid-19 vaccine to pharmacies
US health officials urge countries to share Covid-19 vaccine resources to ensure global accessibility
About 64 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the US
West Virginia reports 36 straight days of decreasing Covid-19 cases
Biden will order flags flying over federal property to half-staff to mark 500,000 US Covid-19 deaths
New York City has administered over 1.5 million vaccine doses, mayor says
Georgia opens four Covid-19 mass vaccination sites across the state
Treasury secretary says a successful US economic recovery would be “pre-pandemic levels of employment”
People who wear glasses may be up to 3 times less likely to catch COVID, new study suggests
BeckyJack’s Food Shack, in Hernando County, Florida, calls masks ‘face diapers’ and says masks are not required to dine there 
Skateboarding star Nyjah Huston charged with hosting super spreader party during COVID-19
Total US cases: 28,808,464
Total US deaths: 512,230Total Recovered: 19,056,900Total Tested in US: 340,620,767
Total cases in CA: 3,519,521
Total deaths in CA: 49,425
Total cases in TX: 2,604,277
Total deaths in TX: 42,449
Total cases in FL: 1,872,923
Total deaths in FL: 30,067
Total cases in NY: 1,632,893
Total deaths in NY: 47,115
Total cases in IL: 1,175,655
Total deaths in IL: 22,506
Total Vaccines Administered in US: 64,177,474
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