U.S. COVID update:
– New cases: 20,471
– Average: 107,105 (+2,301)
– States reporting: 4/50
– In hospital: 28,227 (-217)
– In ICU: 3,086 (-24)
– New deaths: 10
– Average: 271 (+1)
More data: https://t.co/ohnVKtNdM3 pic.twitter.com/FBug0zT3UE
— BNN|Medriva Newsroom (@medrivaUS) June 6, 2022
China tries to shake off the worst of the pandemic in a long, zero-Covid journey https://t.co/cUtZBke84I
— CNBC (@CNBC) June 6, 2022
My neighbors are getting increasingly worried again after having spotted areas like the one in this video (Xinle Road, Jinxian Road) go into isolation again.
Half seem convinced we will be locked down again any day now, mainly due to the size of our compound. pic.twitter.com/5ssYuZ0Kgo
— Christian Petersen-Clausen (@chris__pc) June 5, 2022
The number of deaths from the coronavirus in Africa may fall 94% to 22,563 this year if current variants and transmission rates remain the same, according to a World Health Organization modelhttps://t.co/Uye1Hyu2j7
— Bloomberg Africa (@BloombergAfrica) June 4, 2022
I have a cough but I tested negative. I’m pretty certain it’s allergies.
Malaysia’s Ministry of Health reported 1,358 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, for a cumulative reported total of 4,514,989 cases. It also reported two deaths for an adjusted cumulative total of 35,688 deaths – 0.79% of the cumulative reported total, 0.79% of resolved cases.
There were 22,183 active cases yesterday, 264 fewer than the day before. 904 were in hospital. 26 confirmed cases were in ICU; of these patients, 12 confirmed cases cases were on ventilators. Meanwhile, 1,620 more patients have recovered, for a cumulative total of 4,457,118 patients recovered – 98.7% of the cumulative reported total.
1,356 new cases reported yesterday were local infections. Two new cases were imported.
The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) administered 4,254 doses of vaccine on 4th June: 610 first doses, 3,068 second doses, and 576 booster doses. The cumulative total is 70,987,758 doses administered: 28,000,113 first doses, 27,096,034 second doses, and 16,105,955 booster doses. 85.8% of the population have received their first dose, 83.0% their second dose, and 49.3% their booster dose.
@Baud: Allergies have been particularly bad for me this spring.
Number of countries reporting total cumulative cases of 500k or more now stands at 89.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Baud: I found it hard to trust the negative tests
@Dorothy A. Winsor:
What else is there to trust?
New Deal democrat
Very few States reported yesterday, as usual for a weekend, so just a brief national update. Cases rose to 106,800, continuing their post-holiday rebound, but still 3,000 below their recent high. After a brief pause, hospital admissions rose to 29,000, still below almost any point during the pandemic except last summer. Deaths were at 284, just above their ten month low of 260 set two days ago.
The fact that we are now over 2 months from the low in cases, and deaths just made another new low is truly remarkable. This is not just “deaths are a lagging indicator.” They have typically lagged by only 3 weeks to one month. One month ago, cases were already up over 2.5* from their bottom, so deaths “should” have risen to 750 or even higher. Clearly something is going on, whether it is the variants becoming less virulent, treatments getting better, populations becoming more resistant due to vaccinations and/or previous infections, some combination of the above, or some other factor.
@Baud: I am rooting for team allergy. Be well.
I’m doing fine health wise. I most wanted to know so I would know to isolate. I’m a little fatigued, but the cough is more annoying than anything else.
Just my impression or have people screaming for horse paste seemingly shut their stupid yaps?
Re Dr. Buchi’s tweet; I am at the point where I care less of the opinion of people who are reckless with their own and their family’s health.
Call me crazy, but I will continue to protect myself in indoor environments where I am not able to control the distancing from people that I do not know. Yes, I will take the risk with family and close friends that I can trust to be protecting themselves too.
No one cares about what they have to say anymore.
Monroe County, NY:
98 new cases reported by the NYSDOH. These are just PCR results.
I continue to mask anyplace indoors which isn’t home.
Conflicted about how will handle the (if everything goes as scheduled) 13+ hours spent in the air on the upcoming late summer trip to NYC, although definitely will remain masked until they switch on the cabin ventilation.
@Baud: Same for me. Allergies are really bad this year. Although I also think I have a one/two punch of the cold my daughter had that I thought I had avoided and seasonal allergies. I’ve tested negative twice, so I should be okay.
@NotMax: All the money that could be made from hawking ivermectin has been made and so the amplifiers have moved on.
What is the current US vax rate? I don’t recall seeing an update in a while.
A friend recently flew to Philadelphia. She double checked whatever local health authorities said about the city conditions. She masked up a lot of the time. I also think she said she masked up while in the airport at LAX, mostly went maskless on the flight, and switched to a new mask at the Philadelphia Airport and while traveling to her main destination.
I try and limit my time in indoor spaces outside of work
I was in Philly recently. Very few mask there.
Unfortunately, my county’s school board still does.
I’m sure all too many local government officials can’t ignore them, and those that aren’t on their side anyway are probably exhausted from fighting them for the past two years.
The BA.2.* wave that hit the Northeast over the past couple of months is now spreading everywhere else. Meanwhile, we’re coming down off of it here, but it’s a slow, ragged process, nothing like the rapid comedown from the main Omicron spike. The CDC’s current community risk levels are too happy-talk, and make the situation look like it improved more from the winter than it actually has. But if our experience is any guide, most places should peak eventually at about 1/4 to 1/3 the case rate of the big Omicron wave.
One of the things that makes the comedown slow and ragged is that, as far as I can tell, most people just decided to ignore that this one was happening. The vast majority of people are just back to pre-pandemic behavior, at least in their non-work lives.
With regard to ivermectin? What does the county school board have to do with that.
Like many above, I’m still masking indoors and will likely continue to do so indefinitely. One thing worth noting: whenever someone (a non-asshole) asks me about this, I’m careful to point out that I’m masking for *their* benefit as much as for my own.
A story that stuck with me from very early in the pandemic is of a New Zealand man, a best man at his best friend’s wedding. He was ill and chose to attend, anyway. He triggered a super-spreader event that resulted in the death of the bride’s father. I don’t want to be that man.
@NotMax: We went to Seattle in the spring. My personal protocol was to wear an N95 mask for the whole flight except when I was eating. Maybe taking it off to eat made the whole practice pointless and I should have fasted for the whole transcontinental flight, I don’t know, but I was trying to do the best I could.
While we were in Seattle, that was when the mask mandate got lifted by judicial action, and there were all those horror stories of in-air celebrations that turned into crew-sanctioned harassment of masked people. I warned my wife and kid (to some alarm from them) that if anything like this happened to me, I was going to do something that would land me in jail. But I got no shit for wearing a mask on the way home. More people than I expected actually kept the masks on–maybe 30 or 40% of the plane.
@Baud: You may want to test again over the next few days. Anecdotal, but many people I know, myself included, tested negative at first, even with symptoms, for a few days before testing positive. My teacher friend, who has Covid for the 2nd time in 6 months, developed symptoms on Friday, and tested negative, but, as she continued to feel bad, kept testing and finally showed positive on the following Tuesday.
That said, there’s a virus going around here in NYC that isn’t Covid, but has the same symptoms. My son’s classmate and her mom both had it and felt miserable for a week, but never tested positive, so it likely wasn’t Covid. So crossing my fingers that’s the situation with you if it isn’t just allergies.
New Deal democrat
There hasn’t been a vaccination update because the number of people vaccinated has barely budged in 3 months. Per the CDC, 78% of the US population has had at least one dose, 67% two doses, 47% one booster, and 23% two boosters. Over 90% of seniors have had two shots, 70% one booster, and 30% both boosters.
The CDC still doesn’t break down by younger demographics, but the bottom line is that you can take something like 15% off those numbers for younger adults, and the last time I checked, fewer than half of eligible children had been vaccinated.
On 6/5 Mainland China reported 25 new domestic confirmed (1 previously asymptomatic), 61 new domestic asymptomatic cases, 0 new domestic suspect cases, & 0 new deaths.
At Guangdong Province 2 domestic confirmed cases recovered. There currently are 4 active domestic confirmed & 4 active domestic asymptomatic cases in the province. As the province does not break down recoveries by administrative divisions, I cannot track the count of active cases in administrative divisions, given the multiple simultaneous outbreaks.
Guangxi “Autonomous” Region reported 2 new domestic asymptomatic cases, both at Dongxing in Fangchenggang. There currently are 28 active domestic asymptomatic (25 at Fangchenggang, 2 at Baise, & 1 at Chongzuo) cases remaining.
At Tianjin Municipality 10 domestic confirmed & 8 domestic asymptomatic cases recovered. There currently are 23 active domestic confirmed & 24 active domestic asymptomatic cases remaining.
Shandong Province did not report any new domestic positive cases. There currently are 1 active domestic confirmed cases & 21 active asymptomatic cases in the province.
At Xi’an in Shaanxi Province the last confirmed case recovered.
Inner Mongolia “Autonomous” Region reported 16 new domestic confirmed & 33 domestic asymptomatic cases. There currently are 41 active domestic confirmed & 49 active domestic asymptomatic cases in the region.
At Hebei Province 1 domestic asymptomatic case recovered. There currently are 1 active domestic confirmed & 65 active asymptomatic case in the province. As the province does not break down recoveries by administrative divisions, I cannot track the count of active cases in administrative divisions, given the multiple simultaneous outbreaks. 1 industrial park at Langfang is currently at Medium Risk.
Liaoning Province reported 13 new domestic asymptomatic cases, all at Dandong. 4 asymptomatic case recovered. There currently are 131 active domestic asymptomatic cases in the province. As the province does not break down recoveries by administrative divisions, I cannot track the count of active cases in administrative divisions, given the multiple simultaneous outbreaks.
Jilin Province reported 2 new domestic asymptomatic cases. 1 domestic confirmed & 16 domestic asymptomatic cases recovered. As the province does not consistently break down recoveries by confirmed & asymptomatic cases or by jurisdictions, I can no longer track the count of active case counts in the different jurisdictions.
Beijing Municipality reported 5 new domestic confirmed (1 previously asymptomatic, all mild) & 1 new domestic asymptomatic cases, all of the new positive cases are traced close contacts under centralized quarantine. 37 domestic confirmed & 7 domestic asymptomatic cases recovered. The municipality is not publishing the count of active domestic cases there. 1 sites are currently at High Risk. 7 sites are currently at Medium Risk.
Shanghai Municipality reported 4 new domestic confirmed & 4 new domestic asymptomatic cases, 5 of the new positive cases were already under quarantine & 3 from community screening (at Baoshan & Hongkou Districts). There were 0 new deaths. 173 domestic confirmed & 832 domestic asymptomatic cases recovered. There currently are 692 active domestic confirmed (36 serious & 19 critical) in the city. The city is no longer publishing the number of active asymptomatic cases. 14 sites are currently at Medium Risk.
At Hubei Province 1 domestic asymptomatic case recovered. There currently is 1 active domestic confirmed (mild, at Wuhan) case remaining.
At Jiangsu Province 1 domestic confirmed & 1 domestic asymptomatic case recovered. There currently are 3 active domestic confirmed & 8 active domestic asymptomatic cases in the province. As the province does not break down recoveries by administrative divisions, I cannot track the count of active cases in each administrative division, given the multiple simultaneous outbreaks.
Zhejiang Province did not report any new domestic positive case. 21 domestic asymptomatic cases recovered. The province is not publishing the count of active domestic cases there.
At Fujian Province there currently is 1 active domestic asymptomatic case remaining.
At Jiangxi Province 1 domestic asymptomatic case recovered. There currently are 14 active domestic asymptomatic cases (12 at Yichun & 1 each at Shangrao & Jiujiang) remaining.
At Henan Province 12 domestic confirmed & 43 domestic asymptomatic cases recovered. There currently are 27 active domestic confirmed & 118 active domestic asymptomatic cases in the province. As the province does not break down recoveries by administrative divisions, I cannot track the count of active cases in administrative divisions, given the multiple simultaneous outbreaks.
Sichuan Province reported 5 new domestic asymptomatic (3 at Chengdu & 2 at Guangyuan) cases, all persons coming from elsewhere & under centralized quarantine since arrival. As the province does not break down recoveries by imported vs. domestic cases, I cannot track the count of active domestic cases there.
At Ürumqi in Xinjiang “Autonomous” Region 2 domestic asymptomatic cases recovered. There currently are 10 active domestic asymptomatic cases in the city.
Yunnan Province reported 1 new domestic asymptomatic (at Hekou County in Honghe Prefecture) case. 1 domestic asymptomatic case recovered. There currently are 2 active domestic confirmed & 5 active domestic asymptomatic cases remaining. As the province does not break down recoveries by administrative divisions, I cannot track the count of active cases in administrative divisions, given the multiple simultaneous outbreaks.
On 6/5, Mainland China reported 6 new imported confirmed cases (1 previously asymptomatic), 79 imported asymptomatic cases, 0 imported suspect cases:
Overall in Mainland China, 257 confirmed cases recovered (19 imported), 1,292 asymptomatic cases were released from isolation (49 imported) & 2 were reclassified as confirmed cases (1 imported), & 11,795 individuals were released from quarantine. Currently, there are 1,179 active confirmed cases in the country (208 imported), 57 in serious/critical condition (all domestic), 5,265 active asymptomatic cases (514 imported), 0 suspect cases. 126,500 traced contacts are currently under centralized quarantine.
As of 6/5, 3,384.372M vaccine doses have been injected in Mainland China, an increase of 454K doses in the past 24 hrs.
On 6/6 Hong Kong reported 543 new positive cases, 86 imported & 457 domestic (125 via RT-PCR & 332 from rapid antigen tests), 0 deaths.
On 6/6, Taiwan reported 53,023 new positive cases, 31 imported & 52,992 domestic (including 124 moderate & 119 serious). There were 151 new deaths (ages ranging from < 10 y.o. to 90+ y.o., actual dates of death between 5/14 – 6/3, 146 having a range of underlying conditions, 87 partially/fully vaccinated).
@New Deal democrat:
Agreed, allergies* bad this spring. Been taking some ‘generic zyrtec’ every day, running air purifier, eyes still sore, gotta ‘dab out’ mucus from under eyelids (does that sufficiently disgust you for Monday ?)
Still masking indoors except my own apartment – is ‘senior citizens’ building, so masks required in public areas – but if I’m outside, more than five yards from other people, breeze blowing, will pull down mask, get some fresh air.
Stay healthy, hopeful, and happy, fellow jackals, and remember those who began the liberation of Europe, 78 years ago.
* Originally typed ‘allorgies’, can’t comment about them.
@New Deal democrat: The booster situation is worse than it appears at first. The 46.9% boosted rate is the percent of those eligible for a booster — that is, 46.9% of the 66.7% who are fully vaccinated, or 31.3% of the total population has had one booster.
@Baud: Allergies have been HORRIBLE here this year. Everyone I know who deals with them (including yours truly) has had a time of it this year. Definitely keeping those home tests at the ready though – THANKS JOE!!
Several negative tests in a row. Like 4 or 5.
I can answer that, perhaps indirectly. We used to get a metric ton of horse paste SPAM on BJ. Nothing in the last mont at least. Now it’s all about something that begins with “eryth”, whose letters I have memorized because I search for “eryth” on the back end and trash them all at once.
@Brachiator: Is wearing a mask part of the time similar to using birth control only sometimes?
When I worked at Planned Parenthood, I can’t tell tell you how many times I heard we almost always used a condom.
@WaterGirl: If it’s about protecting yourself from getting infected at all, then yeah, you’ve basically got to mask up 100%, avoid indoor restaurants 100% and forego eating and drinking for the entire length of an airline flight, or not go at all.
I… have failed at doing this.
I do, however, think that even partial measures can mitigate the extent to which you are part of the problem.
@New Deal democrat: when I got my booster in April, there was a woman about my age getting her first vaccination. I only know that because she and I have the same first name, so I went up when her name was called. The pharmacist said, “For your first Covid vaccine?” then the other lady came up.
Spawn the Younger got her booster last Wednesday, WOOHOO!
Everyone in the fam has now had the full complement…. except my baby Doodle.
@WaterGirl: My impression is that the rapid tests are very good at telling you whether you are emitting enough virus to be contagious right now. That’s different from telling you whether you are infected–PCR can do that. But PCR is also so sensitive that it will test positive for a long while after you’re no longer contagious.
Can’t find anything about this with a simple search. Are people trying to treat COVID with erythromycin (a common antibiotic)? All I can find about that are some old studies saying “no, antibiotics do not do anything for COVID”. Of course they could be used to treat opportunistic sinus infections and such, that often happen in the wake of these respiratory diseases.
J R in WV
I think drinking high-proof beverages with alcohol in them, with no other health issues indicating you should not have alcohol, would help prevent many diseases, perhaps including Covid.
I know that a study of a Hepatitis outbreak caused in a restaurant by oyster men getting into closed beds on the FL coast some time back showed that guests who had liquor with dinner almost all escaped the Hep outbreak, those who had wine were slightly less protected than people who drank liquor, and people who had beer with their oysters a little less protected than wine drinkers.
So we know from the following public health studies that some viral infections can be somewhat prevented by drinking alcohol.
@J R in WV: I’d think that in that case, the effect of alcohol had to do with the fact that they were literally ingesting the pathogens along with the oysters and the alcohol–it was all mixing together further down. Would it have the same effect on a respiratory disease, given that you’re not snorting the alcohol? You can’t inject bleach like in Donald Trump’s daydreams.
@Matt McIrvin: Yeah, it’s a common antibiotic, i just went with the first 5 letters, and in quotes, because I didn’t want any bots thinking we were interested in that. :-)
I don’t know if it’s replaced the horse paste in terms of covid. But that’s the most common spam we get now, so it must be a hot thing for some reason.
I am crossing my fingers because the b*i*b*l*e spam people haven’t found us yet. That is particularly awful because they post comments that are two pages long and I have to scroll through to make sure some commenter hasn’t wrongfully landed in spam.
So those are a giant pain in the butt and sometimes there were 50 a day.
Ahem. And you didn’t inform us? We’re like the meet-up pros here!
Same for indoor masking. Did a flight two weeks ago. Masked up from the time we go into the Lyft until we got into the rental car. Occasionally, pulled them down for a drink or bite to eat. Self-tested one day before we left, twice while there and again after we came home. I’d guess almost half the people on the flight back were masked.
@Yutsano: Spring in the rest of the world or Spring in Seattle? Seattle should be coming out of Spring in a month or two.