More than 700,000 Americans now dead from COVID-19
|October 3, 2021|
Worldwide, 4,800,067 people have succumbed to novel coronavirus since the pandemic was declared in March, 2020.
In the Idaho Panhandle, 252 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Friday, and 124 people were in the hospital for treatment. In Boundary County, there were 260 active cases, and 20 of our neighbors have died of the illness, five of them in the last two months.
To date, 35-percent of Boundary County residents are fully vaccinated and another three percent have had one dose of the two needed, the lowest rate in the Panhandle.
Statewide, 52.1-percent have been fully vaccinated. Nationwide, the total is 65.1 percent.
Idaho has lost 2,964 of her citizens to COVID, with 260,012 cases since the pandemic began. Of those, 912 cases were confirmed Friday.
It has become clear to most that it's not just the virus that's sickening and killing people, especially in the United States. Misinformation is making it easy for the virus to infect hosts and so to replicate and spread, becoming more virulent as it evolves.
Such dichotomy should show most where the line of truth lies.
Medical experts say COVID-19 could be brought under control in relatively short order if most Americans would accede to their recommendations and get vaccinated, wear masks in public, wash your hands often and take other simple steps proven effective against the virus.
If so many continue to believe the risks outweigh the benefits, the threat of the novel coronavirus, a not quite alive snippet of RNA and its delivery system, could be a plague that threatens us for years to come.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, top U.S. infectious disease expert in the United States, if not the world, warned in August that there could be up to 100,000 new COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. by the end of the year, but the situation, while “entirely predictable” is also “entirely preventable.”
The problem, he said, is the 80 million people in the country who are not vaccinated.
“We could turn this thing around and we can do it efficiently and quickly if we could just get those people vaccinated,” Fauci said. “It’s so important that people in this crisis put aside any ideological and political differences and just get vaccinated.”
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