I am so sorry Melody... this virus is terrible and I pray for peace and comfort for you and your familyMy sister died as a result of Covid on September 1st. She was 52 years old. She did have pre-existing conditions, but she was living with those. She could not survive this virus though.
Europe is having an increase of cases very similar to what the southern US just experienced. It'll be interesting to see if they have the same typical 40-60 day peak like the southern US had.
It's worth pointing out that this ongoing surge is all across Europe. Per capita it is every bit as high or higher than the recent Sunbelt surge in the US was. For all the flack the US has gotten for how it has handled COVID, Europe hasn't handled it any better.
To add to this, the US's highest single day count of reported cases came on July 24 with 78,892. France reported 26,896 new cases today, with around 1/5 the population of the US. This would be the equivalent to around 125k cases in the US. Netherland's cases today would be equivalent to around 125k US cases, and Belgium's single day cases today would be equivalent to around 150k US cases. On the "lower end", the UK recorded 17,500 cases a few days ago, which is equivalent to around 85k US cases.
That would be wonderful news.Some interesting data out there in regards to COVID and the flu. Supposedly one respiratory virus can basically inhibit a person from getting other respiratory viruses, and since COVID-19 spreads easier than the flu, the flu is having a difficult time finding any susceptible hosts. The flu has seemingly all but disappeared worldwide in 2020, the southern hemisphere basically didn't have a flu season.
Flu tests from 2019 weeks 15-40 worldwide totaled 1,258,346 tests with a positive rate of 9.32%
Flu tests from 2020 weeks 15-40 worldwide totaled 1,393,276 tests with a positive rate of 0.18%
I think a confounding factor might be that people are limiting the kinds of behaviors/interactions that spread the flu because of COVID restrictions.