Fires are raging in Greece and Turkey. The fires in Greece have destroyed one of the world’s oldest trees. Turkey is also experiencing massive flooding simultaneously in different regions.
Sicily hit 120 degrees F this week, one of the highest temps ever recorded in that region. If the reading is accurate, it will be one of the highest temps ever recorded in Europe.
Wildfires in Algeria have caused significant mortality—scores have died. France is sending fire-fighting aircraft to help.
In the wake of the US withdrawal, Afghanistan is falling to the Taliban. US and British forces are returning to extract people from embassies under threat:
The Pentagon is moving thousands of Marines into position for a possible evacuation of the American Embassy and U.S. citizens in Kabul as the Biden administration braces for a possible collapse of the Afghan government within 30 days. https://t.co/Nv5A4MUxAM
— NYT At War (@NYTimesAtWar) August 12, 2021
The US economy is still red-lining. Experts all say “it’s transient, don’t worry,” and I sincerely hope they’re right:
JUST IN – U.S. producer price inflation soars 7.8% annually in July, the highest increase on record.
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) August 12, 2021
The world has 206 million COVID cases. The world has gained 4.4 million cases in the last week. There have been over 4.3 million deaths in total. The US has had about 37.1 million cases. Nearly 636,000 Americans have died. There have been 660 deaths today in the US. The US gained a staggering 145,000 new cases yesterday. The US is once again leading the world in explosive daily case gain.
Hospitals are once again reaching capacity all over the US—the phenomenon is not just relegated to the South. Elective procedures are also being halted at numerous facilities. Some facilities can’t even accept emergency patients:
At 10:14pm last night (8/8), Grady Health System in Atlanta, the largest Level I Trauma Center in Georgia, reached full capacity and went to total diversion, unable to accept any emergency patients.
Several other medical centers in the same position.
We’re in deep trouble.
— MarleneJ (@mjaeckel) August 9, 2021
Pediatricians are seriously worried about kids’ health now that schools are restarting. The Delta variant might be behind a recent rise in hospitalized children. RSV outbreaks in the US are also hitting the young. US pediatricians are also urging government agencies not to drag out the process for approving vaccines for those under 12 as the Delta variant continues to spread.
Because Delta is able to cause breakthrough infections in the vaccinated, herd immunity may not be possible. When herd immunity is truly achieved, the unvaccinated are protected from transmission from the large pool of those who are vaccinated. Given Delta’s breakthrough potential, the unvaccinated are no longer protected by this pool. The only way to be sure you’re protected from hospitalization and death from COVID is by being fully vaccinated:
"Herd immunity is not a possibility" because the Delta variant "still infects vaccinated individuals".
Professor Sir Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, says there is nothing "the UK can do to stop the emergence of new variants". pic.twitter.com/eCq1zXxBWc
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) August 10, 2021
Recent US COVID-related travel bans don’t make any sense:
Biden's ban to travelers from Europe: Based on science, they say pic.twitter.com/D6PvhpPdGv
— Alfons López Tena (@alfonslopeztena) August 10, 2021
Teachers and school staff in California are getting a vaccine mandate:
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) August 11, 2021
Stanford University is requiring regular, weekly COVID testing regardless of vaccine status. It’s a good idea considering Delta’s power to cause breakthrough infections, and it might trigger other universities to follow suit:
BREAKING: Stanford will require weekly COVID-19 testing beginning Aug. 15, regardless of vaccination status. The University is potentially the first in the country to mandate testing for fully vaccinated individuals. Story to come.
— The Stanford Daily (@StanfordDaily) August 11, 2021
Shipping ports in China are reeling from Delta, and this is probably going to cause more downstream scarcity in US store shelves:
NEW – World's second-largest container port, Ningbo Zhoushan in China, was shut down due to one Covid case of a fully vaccinated port worker. Serious disruptions to global trade and supply chains are feared. pic.twitter.com/vrlxlYF0a4
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) August 12, 2021