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Tampa Bay Times (April 5)

2021/ 04/ 06 by jd in Global News

“Physical distancing and masks are being credited for a decline in common viruses.” Pediatric hospitalizations for respiratory illness are down 62% while only a single child has died of the flu, an illness that usually claims the lives of 100 – 200 children per season in the U.S. Beyond masks and physical distancing, other pandemic factors also play a role. “It’s become a serious societal faux pas to go anywhere with a fever – so parents don’t send their ailing kids to school.”


USA Today (March 31)

2021/ 03/ 31 by jd in Global News

“As coronavirus cases creep up again across the country, federal officials and epidemiologists say they’re worried Americans could hit another tipping point, leading to a forth significant surge of infections, hospitalizations and deaths.”


Seattle Times (February 9)

2021/ 02/ 10 by jd in Global News

“The prospect of a fourth wave propelled by new variants is something many scientists and modeling groups are warning about.” For example, the University of Washington now forecasts “an additional 200,000 deaths nationwide through June 1.” There is “one bright spot… hospitalizations and death rates are likely to be lower during any fourth wave than in previous surges because many older people are getting vaccinated.”


Washington Post (December 28)

2020/ 12/ 29 by jd in Global News

“Despite weeks of increases in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, U.S. air travel hit a pandemic record this weekend as Americans crisscrossed the country for the holidays — a sign, some public health experts warn, that yet another surge could be on the horizon.”


San Francisco Chronicle (December 1)

2020/ 12/ 02 by jd in Global News

“California reported a record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, reaching a somber milestone that shows the virus is more widespread than ever…. Hospitalizations in California have more than doubled in two weeks” and fears are mounting that “facilities could be overwhelmed.”


Washington Post (October 26)

2020/ 10/ 27 by jd in Global News

“The coronavirus pandemic numbers have been going the wrong direction for more than a month, topping 80,000 newly confirmed infections daily across the country, with hospitalizations rising in more than three dozen states and deaths creeping upward. Now, the United States is barreling toward another inflection point: a holiday season dictated by the calendar and demanded by tradition.”


Washington Post (June 29)

2020/ 06/ 29 by jd in Global News

“The road to a successful reopening of the U.S. economy is strewn with hopeful intentions — and formidable obstacles. The biggest and most important obstacle is a surge in new coronavirus cases, which presumably will lead to more hospitalizations and more deaths as well as more firms shutting down.”


Washington Post (June 12)

2020/ 06/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Every three days or so, the United States suffers as many deaths from covid-19 as lives were lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The pandemic is emphatically not over: Some places are experiencing new spikes in cases, positive test results, hospitalizations and deaths…. The country is now a crazy quilt of local responses, with the virus surging in places and flattening in others, but still on the march overall.”