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Sun Apr 11, 2021, 07:52 AM

Covid-19 hospitalizations among younger people are rising in the US -- especially in one region

Source: CNN

(CNN)The US just hit a record high of about 4.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines reported administered in one day, according to data published Saturday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Amazing Saturday! +4.63M doses administered over total yesterday, a new record," Dr. Cyrus Shahpar, the Covid-19 data director at the White House, wrote on Twitter. "More than 500K higher than old record last Saturday. Incredible number of doses administered."

The new record is great news -- but it comes at a complicated time in the pandemic for the US.

While Covid-19 vaccination numbers climb across the country, Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are also on the rise, fueled by the B.1.1.7 variant, which is now the dominant strain in the US. Experts say the variant is more contagious, may cause more severe disease and is also potentially more deadly.



Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/11/health/us-coronavirus-sunday/index.html

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 07:56 AM

1. MI

Michigan is currently among the hardest-hit states in the country and local officials say the state is in the middle of another surge, reporting thousands of new cases daily.

The state also has the second-highest number of reported cases of the B.1.1.7 variant after Florida, according to

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 08:04 AM

2. From the article.."Trends are magnified in one part of the country, the Upper MidWest".nt

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 10:56 AM

4. Minnesota as well. Lots of holdouts

We're at almost 3000 cases a day, when we were at 1000 just a month ago.

We're approaching 50% immunized, but outside of major cities we have a huge conservative population that refuses to get vaccinated.

My factory offered Pfizer shots. 4 hr of extra pay as an incentive. We got less than 50% participation from a factory of 100 workers.

My wife works in a pharmacy connected to a grocery store. The other night they had extra vaccine left and struggled to find takers for it among the employees.

I'm afraid it's going to be a struggle to hit herd immunity.

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Response to NickB79 (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 11:25 AM

6. That's shocking how your coworkers

declined the vaccine even with extra pay, also the lack of employees interested in getting the shot at your wife's workplace.

How can we have this many indifferent, ignorant and reckless Americans?

The country needs major work God knows.

> This would make a great separate post!

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Response to NickB79 (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 01:45 PM

9. My son has been isolating for a year, while at home university and work, in Minneapolis.

He finally got his J&J Thursday. I am so relieved and happy he did that. My youngest at school in Texas got his last Pfizer end of March. Thrilled with that too. They were both isolating for a year and at their age, that is so hard, I think. Harder than my old ass, anyway. But I feel so much better now they are vaccinated.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 09:23 AM

3. As people see light at the end of the tunnel...

they let their guard down way to early. Humans being human unfortunately.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 11:00 AM

5. It's UK covid variant. It's more infectious and more deadly.

Not a good combination. Thankfully our vaccines work well against UK covid.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #5)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 01:19 PM

8. "... B.1.1.7 variant, which is now the dominant strain in the US."

Seems like a profound revelation to be buried so far down in the article.

To me, anyway.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 12:40 PM

7. I got my first vaccine...

get the other next week. Rather than becoming a little lax with masks and distancing, I've found myself being hyper-aware of those around me. It's like I've made it this far, and can't imagine letting my guard down and risking not only my life, but the life of others when we're so close. The mind-set of so many people in this country is such a challenge.

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Response to stillcool (Reply #7)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 01:46 PM

10. I'm with you. Got my shot, but am now more diligent than before.

I don't intend to suffer because some folks can't be bothered to fulfill their basic responsibilities to their fellow humans.

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Response to stillcool (Reply #7)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 01:51 PM

11. I totally hear you on that. Now a month after 2nd shot I am kinda forgetting about distancing, lol.

I remember the mask and I wear it in solidarity, but I am getting back to the norm on not considering myself or other dangerous. But while waiting for second vac, I told myself the same. I will be damn if I get it now. Though the first shot alone helps a lot and even if gotten, not as bad or determental.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 02:12 PM

12. From an mlive.com article I read, the Thumb area of MI is the national hot zone.

It is the area about 100 miles north of Detroit, I also read that about 1/3 of those showing up to ERs and clinics are positive for the virus.

It is an area I have to travel into weekly. It is also chocked full of deplorables. Mask compliancy is deplorable as well.

Even though I am fully vaccinated, I still mask up when up there.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 02:21 PM

13. I'm in Seattle and for once I believe the weather has worked in our favor

My brother in law, who was always a gun nut, lives a couple of counties south, in a rural area. He was kind of an affable one, and one who I only fairly recently started talking to again, because he’s also a racist piece of shit. Anyway, told my husband this in a phone call.

Also, No, I am NOT kidding

Husband “so are you getting ready for the vaccine.”
BIL “No we don’t do that kind of shit around here. I’ve got guns
Husband “what you’re going to shoot the virus?”

This resulted in an acrimonious exchange where my husband almost got hung up on. Sounds like dear BIL drank the Trump koolaid. We’re just cutting him off again. His wife used the term “Sandn****r in another phone call, so the detente where they agree to keep their racist shit to themselves is obviously over.

It hurts my husband, but he wants nothing to do with that behavior. Fuck those people.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Apr 11, 2021, 09:11 PM

14. If it's mostly conservatives refusing masks and vaccines, then it's a Darwinian moment

If it's infecting people who are following all the guidelines, then I'd be concerned. I hope everyone who wants a vaccine will get vaccinated soon.

As people travel more, the virus and new regional variants will spread around more. It won't be contained in the upper midwest when folks take vacations this summer.

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