FROM BECKERS (Very readable)
”… global prevalence of the BA.2 omicron subvariant is rising, according to the report. So far, the strain has been detected in 85 countries and is now dominant in 18. “This trend is most pronounced in the Southeast Asia region, followed by the Eastern Mediterranean, African, Western Pacific and European regions,” the WHO said….”
(J. Harris: Denmark is full of this variant — and is close to Russia. When the Russian counts go up again, it likely will be BA.2. Sometimes they don’t count or report Covid Cases in Russia.)
FROM HOPKINS 2/24/22
RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE Russia began a military invasion of neighboring Ukraine this morning, destroying more than 70 military targets through land, sea, and air assaults. The invasion represents the largest attack by one state against another in Europe since World War II. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has played no role in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the incursion likely will impact virus transmission, testing, surveillance, and treatment for the foreseeable future. The current surge of COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant appears to have peaked in both Ukraine and Russia, but the numbers of new cases in both countries remain at record-high levels, and Ukrainian authorities have warned that, despite a 99% vaccination rate among its army, transmission is occurring on the Russian battlefront. The fighting is forcing people to travel west, crowding trains and roads in an effort to reach smaller towns and villages on the European Union border or cross the border into neighboring countries. Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania are preparing for an influx of refugees. Amid the pandemic, the Ukraine crisis indicates that balance-of-power politics have returned, confirms that pandemics can threaten military power, and reminds us that war has innumerable impacts on human health.
RUSSIAN CASES LAST 30 DAYS:
UKRAINE PAST MONTH COVID STATISTICS:
”…Basically, everything has been lifted. A lot of things had been open already — restaurants, pubs, movie theaters, you name it — but now the final restrictions are also gone. That includes mask requirements, even on London’s public transportation, and legal isolation requirements, even if you have the virus….[no]access to free rapid tests, which we get through the National Health Service, but those won’t be free anymore after April 1…Health officials are extremely wary, and N.H.S. leaders have also said they’re against the end of the free testing. Something else to keep in mind is that the lifting of all restrictions doesn’t protect vulnerable people. They have warned that politicians shouldn’t say the pandemic is over, because it isn’t — Covid is still among us, and while cases have been dropping dramatically, tens of thousands of people around the country still test positive every day…The N.H.S. is also dealing with another crisis: The pandemic has worsened delays and backlogs. Millions of procedures have been delayed, including cancer screenings and essential care…”
”…They’re quite vulnerable, and as people huddle together, either sheltering or evacuating in crowded buses, trains and cars, maybe in hotels and refugee camps, it’s going to cause a reversal of the progress,…They can’t maintain distance and don’t have access to masks….Many people are heading to smaller towns and villages, or crossing the border into Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania, and the flow of refugees will likely affect those countries’ pandemic situations, too….Ukraine is reporting an average of about 26,000 new cases a day, or 63 new cases per 100,000 people, according to the Our World in Data project at the University of Oxford. Only about one-third of Ukraine’s 44 million people are fully inoculated against the coronavirus, though Ukrainian officials said this month that the army had a 99 percent vaccination rate…”
AND LAST BUT NOT LEASED
Kids today don’t know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel
All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
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