Covid-19 Tracker: Hospital Admissions Slide – Mission Local

Good morning, Mission, and welcome to Virus Village, your (somewhat regular) Covid-19 data dump.

The number of hospital admissions has recently been on a declining trend, falling below 20 for the first time since July 11, 2021. Stable case numbers, an average positivity rate of less than 2 percent and R-number models hovering around or below 1 suggest the virus is taking a breather locally.

In case you missed it, Governor Gavin Newsom was in the district paying tribute to the excellent work of the University of California, San Francisco/Latino Task Force coalition, which is now seen as a public health model for the state, and should be a model for the country,

How many you can expect immunity after being infected with the virus? The Lancet’s Infectious Disease journal is investigating the question, and the answers so far look promising.

The number of cases is rising nationwide and the number of hospital admissions is increasing. David Leonhart of the New York Times summarize the current situation.

Do we need biannual or annual boosters? A ‘computational biologist’ discusses the current situation and what may be on the horizon.

Things aren’t looking good for the US Food and Drug Administration this morning. Medicare premiums are expected to rise driven in part by the new Alzheimer’s disease drug recently got the green light from the FDA, though its own independent advisors warned the trials had shown little benefit and could pose a serious risk of harm. Now we see proof of that damage. Will Biden’s new head of the FDA change business-friendly culture? Maybe, though he has invested millions in Big Pharma and Big Tech. (Note: Most of the article is behind a paywall, but the opening paragraphs give a good idea).

Finally more about using quick tests by David Leonhart.

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