“The wind shows us how close to the edge we are.”
“I know what the fear is. The fear is not for what is lost. What is lost is already in the wall.
What is lost is already behind the locked doors.
The fear is for what is still to be lost.”
Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.”
– Joan Didion
The pandemic didn’t magically disappear with the summer heat, or post-election in the United States. Rather it continues; a deadly swath immune to pleas for mercy, just as scientists and doctors warned it would.
You know the drill; let’s review the reasons for hope and our current reality.
Your dose of hope: Vaccines are closer than ever
Germany could start administering doses of the vaccine soon.
— Reuters (@Reuters) November 23, 2020
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 6, 2020
When deciding on a vaccine, reading the small print is encouraged:
Pfizer and Moderna say their vaccines are 95% effective. But what does that actually mean? https://t.co/NiDiDqLp1Z
— NYT Health (@NYTHealth) November 23, 2020
Soon, dogs will return to The White House: Major and Champ Biden are paw-fectly amazing.
This is Major and Champ. They are the dogs of @JoeBiden and @DrBiden. Champ has already been to the White House, but Major hasn’t yet. Champ can’t wait to show him around. Both 14/10 would be an honor to pet pic.twitter.com/Zwqmx7X6FB
— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) November 7, 2020
(I strongly suggest clicking through each of those photos before continuing to read what’s next.)
The news you need to know:
The death toll of COVID-19 victims is simultaneously without comprehension and quite clear, yet leadership in the U.S. seems to have abandoned dealing with the virus and the startling number of cases until President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris take office in January of 2021.
Deaths in Pearl Harbor: 2,403
Deaths on September 11th: 2,977
Covid-19 deaths yesterday in the US: 2,885
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) December 3, 2020
Doctors Without Borders is here, in America, assisting with COVID-19 response. The Air Force sent nurses to hospitals in ND. The National Guard was deployed to El Paso to help with their morgue crisis.
Our failure to contain COVID-19 has made America a humanitarian crisis.
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) November 30, 2020
OMG. Coronavirus is the #1 cause of death in the US this week, surpassing heart disease, @drsanjaygupta says
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) December 4, 2020
Americans traveled en masse over the Thanksgiving holiday, despite the warnings of scientists and doctors who begged them to stay home for the greater good. Now as the December holiday season looms, states are facing dire consequences and uncertainty.
Nearly 85% of California residents will soon be under a stay-at-home order through Christmas, as coronavirus cases surge and capacity inside ICUs plunges toward dangerously low levels. https://t.co/5epuyRhqWO
— NPR (@NPR) December 6, 2020
What is in shortest supply right now is health care workers. Places with the greatest rate of spread in the country are seeing such high volumes of COVID pts that their hospitals might have to triage care if they can't slow the epidemic down.
— Tom Inglesby (@T_Inglesby) December 4, 2020
Those who believe a vaccine will remedy all that’s been undone by COVID-19 have much to learn. In ways, the trauma seems to have altered the genetic make-up of citizens in places like Italy, where the virus struck hard. As the first wave withdrew, an ocean of sorrow, anger, depression, and anxiety stormed in to take its place.
First the virus exploded in Bergamo. Then came the shell shock. The province that first gave the West a preview of the horrors to come now serves as a disturbing postcard from the post-traumatic aftermath of the first wave.https://t.co/rBYyqAQoBE
— Jason Horowitz (@jasondhorowitz) December 6, 2020
On November 27, 1 out of every 1,000 South Dakota citizens was dead from COVID-19. Nine days later:
South Dakota hits new COVID milestone:
~1 in every 800 residents dead
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) December 6, 2020
As the U.S. grapples with coronavirus, other countries are seeing different results after having taken strong approaches to fight COVID-19. Vietnam has reported zero deaths, while New Zealand has reported 20, and South Africa only 148.
Northern Ireland Coronavirus (COVID-19) weekly overview of deaths of people who have died within 28 days of a first positive test, by date reported. #coronavirus #NorthernIreland #Corona #covid19 #Covid19UK pic.twitter.com/3qB7cwkmOv
— UK COVID-19 (@UKCovid19Stats) December 6, 2020
— nzherald (@nzherald) December 5, 2020