Today’s TIP News: US COVID deaths could reach nearly 3 times the total number of US combat deaths in World War Two by Christmas; about 2/3 of parents holding off on COVID shots for their kids; and COVID cases for kids 18 and under spike 844 percent.
Hello, and welcome to TIP News for Dec. 9, 2021. TIP News is a podcast production of The Immunization Partnership. My name is John David Powell.
In today’s TIP News: US COVID deaths could reach nearly three times the total number of US combat deaths in World War Two by Christmas; about two-thirds of parents holding off on COVID shots for their kids; and COVID cases for kids 18 and under spike 844 percent.
Let’s start with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prediction that the US may see as many as 837,000 total COVID-19 deaths by Christmas. The CDC says the US is now averaging about 120,000 new COVID cases a day. That’s a 26-percent increase over the past two weeks. And the CDC says COVID is killing about 1,300 Americans a day. That’s a 14-percent increase over the past two weeks.
If we stay on pace with the CDC prediction, that would mean the total number of COVID deaths by Christmas could be nearly three times the total number of US combat deaths in the Second World War.
Some numbers show that about 150,000 unvaccinated Americans have died from COVID in the last six months. That’s about the population of Mesquite, Texas, for those keeping score at home.
And speaking of Texas, the CDC predicts about 650 weekly COVID deaths by Christmas, up from about 250 a day around Thanksgiving. And we could see a total of 76,000 Texas deaths by Christmas, up about two thousand from Thanksgiving.
About two-thirds of parents of elementary school-aged kids either are holding off or refusing vaccinations for their kids. That’s according to a poll released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The survey says parents of teens are more willing to get their kids vaccinated, but only about half of that age group have gotten the shot so far.
This comes as COVID cases among kids under 18 spiked 884 percent since last summer. This from the US Department of Health and Human Services, which says that is the largest increase among all age groups.
The Hill reports retail pharmacies are facing a high demand for COVID vaccines as their customers scramble to get vaxxed ahead of the holidays and to keep ahead of the Omicron variant.
Pharmacies are having trouble keeping up with demand because of staffing shortages, requiring waits of days or weeks for shots.
CNN reports the governors of New York and Maine deployed the National Guard in response to dangerously low capacity at statewide medical facilities. The New York National Guard deployed 120 medics and medical technicians to a dozen long-term care facilities.
In Maine, Gov. Janet Mills activated the National Guard after a spike in COVID cases. Maine reported a record 379 COVID hospitalizations as of Wednesday. Sixty were on ventilators. The governor’s office says Maine had only 42 intensive care unit beds available.
And finally today. The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday authorized the first COVID drug for widespread use for folks with weakened immune systems who have not been adequately protected by vaccines. It’s called Evusheld. It’s from AstraZeneca. It metabolizes slowly, which means it can stay active for up to six months.
This is for blood cancer patients, transplant recipients, those taking drugs that suppress the immune system, and those allergic to COVID vaccines or their ingredients.
That’s our TIP News for today, Dec. 9, 2021.
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