Monday, November 29, 2021

COVID update - cases still high, hosptials full. So get boosted and play it smart

This is a familiar story, but COVID has remained at high levels in the state of Wisconsin, with cases exceeding 3,000 new cases a day. And the large geographic disparities have continued, with 30 of the state's 72 counties having case rates at the "critically high" level of 1,000 per 100,000 residents over the last 2 weeks.

One positive is that even with a runup in cases, deaths and hospitalizations from COVID are significantly lower than what we were seeing this time last year, which is a testament to the fact that vaccines have been available in 2021.

This indicates those hospitalized with the virus are more likely to survive it, but also taking more time to be in the hospital as a result. That's a good thing overall, but it also means that there is less space for other Wisconsinites with afflictions and injuries that send them to the hospital. Another major difference from 2020 is that many people who were able to put off medical procedures aren't able (or willing) to put them off this year, which increases the need for them to require medical services, and resulted in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services came out with this information over the Holiday weekend.

All the more reason you should be getting boosted if you first got vaccinated before May. And why you should be angry at the 2/5 of Wisconsinites that still have yet to be fully vaccinated, because it is their arrogance that is allowing this virus to continue and harm people.

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