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COVID update

Two years (almost) to the day and we’re still talking about &^%$(*# COVID…

OK, here’s the latest.


73 million confirmed cases in the U.S.

876 thousand COVID-related deaths.

that’s 12 deaths per thousand cases.

that, dear reader, is a very high case mortality rate.

Here’s a comparison of death rates (NOT case mortality rates) for flu vs COVID.

Long-term impact

A study published in JAMA of one-year outcomes for patients who survived ICU treatment in Holland found:

  • 74.3% reported physical symptoms,
  • 26.2% reported mental symptoms, and
  • 16.2% reported cognitive symptoms.

More specifically, patients self-reported issues with fatigue, mental symptoms, depression, PTSD, anxiety, and indications of cognitive failure.

NCCI’s webinar on COVID’s impact on work comp is up for viewing here.  Highly recommended.

Vaccination data

Excellent ongoing reporting from the Kaiser Family Foundation; latest data is here.

Overall 73% of us are vaccinated

Couple head-slapping statistics…

Republicans used to be the rational party, or at least the party of rationality. That’s a stunning disparity.

Here’s why the unvaxxed are unvaxxed…

What does this mean for you?

Get vaccinated and boosted, and wear a mask. COVID doesn’t care about your political affiliations.


Joe Paduda is the principal of Health Strategy Associates



A national consulting firm specializing in managed care for workers’ compensation, group health and auto, and health care cost containment. We serve insurers, employers and health care providers.



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