News roundup for Tue, Jun 8, 2021

US traffic deaths are soaring. There were over 38,000 motor-vehicle-related fatalities in 2020, and the trend is still going. The rise in these deaths occurred in the context of the lifting of social distancing mandates. Speeding is up, folks not wearing seat belts is up, and fatalities rose even as the number of crashes declined:

California’s ban on assault weapons has been found to be unconstitutional. The judge is allowing 30 days before his ruling comes into effect.

Yellen says to expect inflation through the end of the year:

We’ve mentioned this before but it’s worth mentioning again: the Hoover Dam is running short of water. This could be the worst water shortage it’s ever had. The water in Lake Mead is dropping one foot per week, with no end in sight. Arizona, California, and Nevada will have to begin progressive cutbacks soon.

Climate crises will take a big toll on global economies—G7 economies in particular. So far the G7 countries are not on track to meet goals made in the Paris Agreement.

The world has over 174.3 million COVID cases. The world has gained 2.4 million cases in a week, which is a significant drop from previous weeks. There have been nearly 3.8 million deaths in total. The US has over 34.2 million cases. Over 612,000 Americans have died. The US has gained nearly 8,900 new cases since yesterday–Florida is no longer reporting cases daily so this count is not accurate. There have been 212 deaths in the US in the last day. Deaths and new cases continue to decline. India has had over 2,100 deaths in the last day and brazil has had over 900. India gained over 87,000 cases in the last day. India’s case gain and daily deaths are decreasing significantly.

Americans can travel to France again, if fully vaccinated:

The reason we vaccinate for Chicken Pox and Measles is not because kids get a rash—it’s because as many as 1/1,000 can die from the infection. COVID has killed far more of the kids it infected than Chicken Pox ever did. There is a clear argument for vaccination for kids:

We’re getting more data on Long COVID and what people who have it are coping with over time—almost 1/5 report experiencing a degree of disability from the ailment:

Cases are rising in the UK again, and the Delta variant might be responsible:

Some good news—cases and deaths in India are plummeting:

A protein subunit vaccine could be coming soon—it’s a payload of spike protein. Novovax plans on filing for emergency authorization later this year, pending completion of its clinical trial.

Health care workers (HCW) in poorer countries are still massively under-vaccinated—they’re at huge risk for exposure, mortality, and morbidity from COVID. HCW are also leaving health care in droves. If we want to reverse this confluence of bad factors, vaccinating HCWs in these environments should be prioritized:

The Delta variant is bad news, and it might be causing more hospitalizations than other variants. But if you’re fully vaccinated, you can rest easier:

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