The world has over 39.1 million cases. The world has added 2.4 million cases since last Thursday. Case growth continues to accelerate. There have been over 1.1 million deaths. The US has almost 8.2 million cases, and the rate of case growth is increasing from week to week. Over 222,000 Americans have died—over 840 in the last 24 hours. The US has gained over 62,000 new cases since yesterday. The US is jockeying with India for the lead in daily case growth. Qatar, Bahrain, Andorra, Aruba, French Guiana, Israel, Vatican City, Panama, Kuwait, and Peru lead the world in cases per million.
US and EU case growth:
⚠️BREAKING—US has now surpassed 8,000,000 cases of #COVID19.
Accelerated since last month—newest mil only took 20 days.
1 mil cases April 28
2 mil cases June 10
3 mil cases July 7
4 mil cases July 23
5 mil cases Aug 8
6 mil cases Aug 30
7 mil cases Sept 25
8 mil cases Oct 15 pic.twitter.com/HYUc74HxZ3
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) October 15, 2020
Here’s another snapshot of the case growth over preceding two-week time periods in April, July, and October:
Cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. are surging again after falling from a summer peak. And the spread to new areas of country suggests the outbreak is far from over. https://t.co/uQ4PbMwLif
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 15, 2020
Paris and many other cities in France are reverting to stricter social distancing measures after cases rise in Europe:
OMG, Paris and some other French cities now on curfew. Gotta be home at 9pm till 6 am. Bc of rapid spread of virus. This is just surreal!
Macron announcing it right now.
— Eleanor Beardsley (@ElBeardsley) October 14, 2020
The apathetic “big burn” approaches to herd immunity undertaken by nations like Sweden and the US were disastrous—not only did the approaches fail to achieve herd immunity in either location, they each resulted in some of the highest mortality rates in the world. Sweden’s approach was deliberate. The US government simply failed to enact a cohesive plan and left states to fend for themselves. Countries with systematic, proactive approaches fared far better.
Aiming for herd immunity through infection versus vaccination is not a strategy–it is a failure to act to save lives. This is not simply a personal opinion. It is closer to an expert consensus:
NEW Correspondence—80+ researchers warn that a so-called #herdimmunity approach to managing #COVID19 is “a dangerous fallacy unsupported by the scientific evidence” #WCPH2020 https://t.co/2gTtklAkwx pic.twitter.com/q4YNZFJM22
— The Lancet (@TheLancet) October 14, 2020
The governor of Tennessee and his wife are in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-positive staff member. Governor Lee is notorious for refusing to wear a mask and refusing to mandate mask wearing.
The World Bank has approved double-digit billions of dollars to vaccine programs in developing countries. This is financing, of course. The World Bank’s press release doesn’t speak to the actual cost to those countries to use the financing. Although it sounds nice, many developing counties are left in crippling debt crises after contracting with multilateral development banks.
Record hospitalizations in Iowa:
“Iowa officials report sixth day of record hospitalizations in two weeks” https://t.co/n9QsZAe9nV
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) October 15, 2020
Cases are also exploding in New Mexico, and stricter social distancing measures are now being rolled out:
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 14, 2020
There’s even more evidence that blood type may play a role in COVID susceptibility. People with type O blood appear to have less risk of bad outcomes compared to those with types A and AB blood.
The EU is set to overtake the US in a few unfortunate categories:
France has issued a curfew amid a second wave of COVID-19.
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) October 15, 2020