Unfortunately, yes, they did, but no, I will not give you a link to such nonsense. I refuse to help spread misinformation, false data, and out-and-out lies. Instead, let me give a factual, real update. This information comes from Ed White, writing for the Associated Press on November 18, 2021, who explains that the virus is surging again:
“The U.S. is now averaging nearly 87,000 new coronavirus cases per day, up from 72,000 two weeks ago, and hospitalizations are starting to increase again after steadily falling since the peak of the summer delta variant surge. The country is still averaging more than 1,100 deaths a day, and the number of Americans to die from COVID-19 now stands at 768,000.”
“About 59% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, or about 195 million Americans. The government and health officials are urging more people to get vaccinated, especially the 60 million people who have yet to receive a first dose.”
So, as you can see, COVID-19 is far from over.
Right now, the majority of the new surge in COVID cases seems to be focused in the upper Midwest. Some Michigan schools have even closed early for Thanksgiving to allow for heavy cleaning in the buildings. New Hampshire, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado, Maine, Vermont, and Arizona are all reporting an increase in new cases of COVID-19. In Arizona, “90% of the inpatient hospital beds” are full. In New Hampshire, “327 people have been placed in the hospital” recently with COVID-19. This is more than their earlier pandemic high from December 2020. Governor Tim Walz from Minnesota is asking everyone to get vaccinated immediately. He said:
“I need Minnesotans to recognize, as we’ve been saying, this is a dangerous time.”
In Vermont, Governor Phil Scott is calling on the legislators to pass a bill giving local governments the power to adopt temporary mask mandates. This is significant because, in the past, Governor Scott has been opposed to mask mandates.
So, no, COVID-19 is not over. Cases are, for example, surging in Colorado:
“In Colorado, there were 622 newly reported COVID-19 cases and 4 newly reported COVID-19 deaths on Nov 17, 2021.”
Yes, people are still catching COVID-19 and people are still dying from COVID-19. COVID is not over. If you read on social media that COVID was over, do not believe it. It’s just another example of misinformation, false information, or just out-and-out lies.
As Dr. Breyer, who currently cares for some of the sickest patients at three UC Health hospitals in northern Colorado, explained:
"There's so much misinformation out there…. When I see people, they're at the end of their rope there. They're anxious and scared and about to go on a ventilator, some of whom will die. And I just wish that we could figure out what to do to convince more people of the safety and efficacy of the vaccination. It really is the No. 1 treatment that can prevent people from ending up here."
Like Dr. Breyer, I wish there could be a way to convince people that the COVID vaccine is safe as well. Misinformation does so much harm. It can even kill people.
Earlier Post: COVID-19 Misinformation and Lies Are Killing Young People
I’m pleased to report from the area where I live that some people are getting the message. No, not all. Dr. Kim Onufrak just reported that for the Texas Coastal Bend area, approximately 700 children ages 5 to 11 have received the vaccine just since last Wednesday. Dr. Onufrak went on to say in the Coastal Bend, vaccinations, for all ages, are near 64-percent. As Dr. Onufrak said:
"We saw with the Delta variant a lot of the kids were getting infected and sometimes they can bring it home and get other family members infected as well. So we're hoping that with the pediatric rollout we'll get closer to 70 percent."
Dr. Onufrak encouraged Coastal Bend residents to stay safe and continue practicing social distancing and other COVID-19 procedures. Like, wearing a mask. No, don’t take your mask off yet.
Encourage everyone you know to get vaccinated as soon as possible. All ages. Do not delay. If you haven't, as soon as you are eligible, also get a booster.