Covid killed 1,500 Americans yesterday as cases skyrocketed in the wake of a poorly-masked and under-vaccinated Thanksgiving travel season.
According to The New York Times Coronavirus Tracker, on Thursday, Dec. 8, covid deaths cannonballed from 184 on Monday Dec. 5, to 481 on Tuesday, to 937 on Wednesday, and to 1,500 on Thursday, Dec. 8, exactly two weeks after Thanksgiving.
Cases Roughly Triple in Four Days
Reported coronavirus cases jumped from 53,999 on Monday, Dec. 5 to 149,322 on Thursday, Dec. 8, and that number does not include a vastly larger number of unreported at-home positive tests.
Total reported U.S. deaths rose from 1,090,599 on Wednesday to 1,092,099 on Thursday. At that rate, tens of thousands more will pay a massive price for their last Turkey Day, especially since Christmas is two weeks from Sunday, which means another huge travel season fraught with many more covid-infected spreaders on the road, in the skies, and in living rooms.
Health System Not Prepared
With America’s hospitals and overall health system already stressed with flu and RSV patients, this covid explosion could cripple the ability of doctors and nurses to cope with a tsunami of very sick, very infectious BQ-variant covid victims.
Republicans in the U.S. Senate and House refused to fund President Biden’s multiple and repeated requests for more money to prepare for just such an occasion. And they attacked him when he transferred money from elsewhere to fund at least a bare minimum of public health assistance.
[ This is a breaking, developing story. More later as details emerge. ]
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