What's the severity of the cases and demographics of them there? Are you guys seeing what seems to be happening in other places where it's mostly the younger crowd (20-40)?I don't understand why some news sources are claiming Alabama is one of the few states with declining numbers. Out of the 31000+ confirmed cases, 9000+ (~29% of the total) have occurred over the past 2 weeks.
We've certainly seen an obvious increase at the hospital in Madison County, which is one of the most fortunate counties per population so far. A month ago we'd sometimes go a couple days with no positive cases and lately we've had half a dozen or more in a single shift. Hopefully it's not a long term trend.
California is the big outlier right now in the states that require masks. I'm still not sure exactly what to think on the issue. It'll be interesting to compare California to some other states that don't require masks again in a month or two and see how things spread.In states where masks are required in public, the rate of new cases has dropped by 25% in the last two weeks. In states where they are not, cases are up 84%.
From Dan Satterfield.
It's a mixed bag as far as demographics and that may be because the sample size is small, but it's mostly younger to middle aged folks 30-55. As far as severity, most of the positives have been discharged. Quite a few had pretty mild/isolated symptoms such as only a sore throat or abdominal discomfort/diarrhea which adds a lot of ambiguity to identifying possible positive patients early. Also many of them haven't had symptoms for very long or had recent exposures to known positive cases so the latent phase of the infection hadn't occured. That said, we have had a noticable increase in people who tested positive several days or 1-2 weeks prior to revisiting with worsening symptoms but that number is still pretty small right now.What's the severity of the cases and demographics of them there? Are you guys seeing what seems to be happening in other places where it's mostly the younger crowd (20-40)?
Did you read KoD's post right above you? Hospitalizations for COVID are at an all time high in Alabama and other states.A few weeks ago I read a news article on vaccines that mentioned that the 20 or 30 million Americans with antibodies at that point would be lower priorities once a vaccine comes out (hopefully in early 2021). Dummy me didn't grasp the significance -- they expect 20 to 30 million recovered cases by the end of this year -- until days passed and now I can't find the article again.
However, here's that 20 million number popping up again.
Well, we did keep the deaths to around 100,000, though that is still a tragedy, during the first peak of the virus virulence.
Now, while cases are soaring, especially in the South and West (we just went on statewide mandatory face masks in indoors public areas in Oregon, though most counties remain in Phase 2), hospitalizations are proportionately lower, I believe -- a nasty crisis, but perhaps not as bad as it might have been if this was a peak-virulence period.
We've just got to hang tough til they get a safe, effective vaccine out.
What you bolded however is still true. Proportional to the number of positive cases, hospitalizations are significantly lower, even in Alabama and other southern states.Did you read KoD's post right above you? Hospitalizations for COVID are at an all time high in Alabama and other states.
Well that’s one way to get closer to herd immunity, heh.As an alum.. this makes me want to want to go incognito.. Roll Tide huh?
I don't mean this snarky, but I don't think masks are going to make this go away any quicker than not wearing them. If anything, not wearing masks might make it go away quicker, it might just be more painful getting there. (this is not an endorsement either direction, just a statement)If you don’t wear a mask in public, please start doing so. I’m ready for this mess to be over.
I wasn't making an argument against wearing masks. How will not wearing a mask make this thing last longer though? If anything, not wearing a mask should make its duration shorter, as the virus will eventually burn itself out if it gets widespread enough. Wearing a mask will limit that spread (again, not saying this is a bad thing, obviously), but it'll also prolong the virus being around. That was really the point I was making.Not wearing masks is just going to make it more widespread. Wearing a mask is an incredibly minor thing that requires almost no effort. If it prevents even one case, it's worth it. It's a bad situation already, but not taking the easiest steps available to mitigate it will make it worse and for longer.