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Dec
20

COVID update

Oh ^&%$*&^%^.  Here it comes again.

“IT” is the umpteenth wave/surge of COVID, a marvel of evolutionary adaptation.

IT has also killed 800,000 of our sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, parents and grandparents, friends and neighbors, co-workers and colleagues.

IT is also blowing up our healthcare system; 4 states are turning to their National Guard to staff critical services.

IT has driven healthcare costs over the $4 trillion mark as costs spiraled up almost 10 percent in 2020 – more than double the 2019 inflation rate. Taxpayers’ costs rose almost 4 times faster than the overall healthcare world – mostly driven by COVID.

Commenting on this, HealthAffairs noted;

OK, the good news.  Omicron seems to mostly infect the airways leading to and from the lungs, which helps make it more transmissible. It doesn’t get too deep in the lungs (in most instances); this may be one of the reasons it isn’t as deadly as other COVID variants.

Myocarditis occurring after vaccination is quite rare, according to research published in a UK Journal “However, natural infection from SARS-CoV-2 is linked to a substantial increase in the risk of serious outcomes from developing myocarditis, pericarditis, and cardiac arrhythmia, researchers say.”

What does this mean for you?

Get vaccinated AND mask up.


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