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NY Times Sounds The Alarm About U.S. Returning to Normal

NY Times Sounds The Alarm About U.S. Returning to Normal

Meanwhile, a noted expert projects coronavirus cases will steadily decline during spring and summer…in part, thanks to Operation Warp Speed.

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#trends_dailytrendscases

The number of U.S. COVID-19 cases has fallen 77% in the past six weeks, likely a mixture of acquired immunity and vaccinations.

In fact, here is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent graph charting the number of cases in this country.

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#trends_dailytrendscases

Now, most people would welcome this news. But The New York Times delved as deeply as it could to find something to be “alarmed” about regarding the plunge in the case number.

There is no silver lining that can’t be darkened when viewed through the prism of progressive ideology.

The positive signs come with caveats. Though the national statistics have improved drastically since January, they have plateaued in the last week or so, and the United States is still reporting more than 65,000 new cases a day on average — comparable to the peak of last summer’s surge, according to a New York Times database. The country is still averaging more than 2,000 deaths per day, though deaths are a lagging indicator because it can take weeks for patients to die.

New, more contagious variants of the virus are circulating in the country, with the potential to push case counts upward again. Testing has fallen 30 percent in recent weeks, leaving experts worried about how quickly new outbreaks will be known. And millions of Americans are still waiting to be vaccinated.

Given all that, some experts worry that the reopenings are coming a bit too soon.

“We’re, hopefully, in between what I hope will be the last big wave, and the beginning of the period where I hope Covid will become very uncommon,” said Robert Horsburgh, an epidemiologist at the Boston University School of Public Health. “But we don’t know that. I’ve been advocating for us to just hang tight for four to six more weeks.”

Anyone with an ounce of common sense can see why there is alarm among entities that have become empowered through pandemic policies.

Meanwhile, CDC officials are warning that progress with Covid-19 could be wiped out by variants, even though vaccines would likely lessen the severity of an infection, if not outright prevent it (similar to flu vaccines and their variants).

“Please hear me clearly: At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

…Walensky also called out states that were easing up on Covid-19 safety mandates.

“I am really worried about reports that more states are rolling back the exact public health measures we have recommended to protect people from Covid-19,” she said.

“Please stay strong in your conviction. Continue wearing your well-fitting mask and taking the other public health prevention actions that we know work,” Walensky added.

On the other hand, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the 23rd commissioner of Food and Drugs and noted medical policy expert, believes that while we won’t achieve full herd immunity by April as had been suggested by another expert, cases will steadily decline through the spring and summer.

After factoring in vaccination data, Gottlieb estimated about 40% of U.S. residents right now have antibodies from prior infection or inoculation — a percentage that will rise as more people are vaccinated. According to the CDC, 43.6 million Americans who have received at least one dose of the two-shot Covid vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer since they received emergency emergency use authorization from the FDA in December.

“When you’re getting to 40% or 50% of the population with some form of protective immunity, you don’t have herd immunity but you have enough immunity in the population that this [virus] just doesn’t transfer as readily,” Gottlieb said

President Donald Trump’s approach is finally getting a more positive reassessment from many sources, summarized by conservative pundit Byron York.

…President Trump pushed and cajoled and threw money at vaccine makers in the form of Operation Warp Speed. Critics scoffed at Trump’s vow to have a vaccine in record time, before the end of 2020. But he did just that. “It’s just breathtaking that that got done in 11 months from when we first knew about this virus,” National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins told Axios last week. “It is at least five years faster than it has ever been done before.”

James Hamblin, a doctor who writes on the virus for The Atlantic, tweeted, “It is honestly beyond my wildest expectations that we’d have three extremely effective vaccines a year into the pandemic.”

…The point is not that Donald Trump and the United States led the world in handling the pandemic crisis. The point is that, all things considered, the U.S. slogged through an extraordinarily difficult period in a way that was roughly similar to many other advanced nations. And realizing that, it’s important to remember the frenzied, hysterical, and hostile media coverage of the Trump administration during the virus’s worst days. It was just that — frenzied and hysterical and hostile. It gave Americans an unbalanced picture of what was happening. Now, perhaps, with the perspective of some time and a new president, people will be able to see that.

Those vaccines, paired with acquired immunity, may save us from another year of CDC COVID insanity.

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Corona Bros are hardest hit. Pretty soon their admonitions may fall on deaf ears. Muh Variants are their only hope.

During both World Wars, there was a concept called the “Fifth Column”. It is alive today in the likes of the ny times:

A fifth column is any group of people who undermine a larger group from within, usually in favor of an enemy group or nation. The activities of a fifth column can be overt or clandestine. Forces gathered in secret can mobilize openly to assist an external attack. This term is also extended to organised actions by military personnel. Clandestine fifth column activities can involve acts of sabotage, disinformation, or espionage executed within defense lines by secret sympathizers with an external force.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_column

If there’s one thing you can always bank on, it’s history repeating itself. But let’s not be the sheep going to slaughter.

Until China unleashes the next bat/monkey/ snake virus

You can bet on it

China murdered millions of people, destroyed the lives of many millions more all over the world and they have skated scott free
Actually benefited greatly from it financially amd probably will destroy any democracy in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

America will not lift a finger to stop them or save these people

America is gone…

And China has come out of this blameless, literally sticking 10 inch swabs up foreigners a$$es without any acknowledgement, remorse, or loss of standing

I bet President Trump had to be restrained not to have launched a hundred nuclear warheads on his way out

I wish he had…

    Dave in reply to gonzotx. | March 6, 2021 at 7:52 am

    “America is gone”

    Couldn’t agree more, and by the time China Joe’s henchmen are finished it will be unrecognizable. You want to see what unchecked immigration does? Come here to south Florida where English is hardly spoken anymore.

    America The Dementiacrat Biden Misadministration will not lift a finger

    FTFY.

    Seriously, people — stop surrendering to Doddering Joe and Kneepads Kamala.

    JHogan in reply to gonzotx. | March 6, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Until China unleashes the next bat/monkey/ snake virus

    If China Joe and Roundheels Harris do as their told — and they no doubt will on anything the Chinese Communists think is very important — we should be safe from another extremely and incredibly and politically convenient ‘accidental’ virus release from a Chinese bioweapons research lab for four years.

If it aligns with the Narrative – “We must do X, because if we don’t, people will die!!”

If it does not align with the Narrative – “crickets”

The peak was around the election, how convenient. And now that the election theft worked the virus is just disappearing. How convenient.

One of the many benefits of having a first lady that is a Doc.
Dr Jill and her puppet husband have cured the chinavirus.

nordic_prince | March 6, 2021 at 2:09 am

Only the twisted mind of a megalomaniac would be “alarmed” at a return to normalcy.

Muller’s Ratchet. Virology 101. Laura Ingraham had guests on roughly one year ago that discussed this.

    Dave in reply to amwick. | March 6, 2021 at 7:54 am

    If the virus goes away as a scare tactic, what will the tyrants do to keep their unchecked power over the people?

The last line of this story could also mention innate immunity. But that would only matter if covid hysteria were rational.

My number one golf buddy had an antibody test for COVID a couple of weeks ago and was surprised to learn he has antibodies because he hasn’t been sick in the past year. I bet there are millions like him. It’s as if the idea of asymptomatic infections went away, when last year it was one of the most prominent reasons for the lockdowns – “we don’t know how many are asymptomatic and is shedding the virus!”

danvillemom | March 6, 2021 at 9:21 am

We were in the waiting room for our vaccine shots (AZ is 55+) and an older woman said they have been sheltering in place since last March. Her immediate plan post-shots was to get on a plane and finally see her first great-grandchild. She said zoom calls were nice but she wanted to hold the little angel.

    txvet2 in reply to danvillemom. | March 6, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Given that there’s evidence that the shots actually decrease the immune system for a couple of weeks, it would be a lot smarter for her to wait a month or so before getting on that plane.

stevewhitemd | March 6, 2021 at 10:11 am

This is all good news, and my personal thanks to Mr. Trump for pushing to get the vaccines done.

I’m comfortably certain that a President Hillary Clinton (remember, that was our other choice) would have kept us on strict, bread-and-water lockdown the entire year, and the only way she’d permit a vaccine is if all the Clintonistas received their 10%.

But we should be prepared for the next scare: the UK and Brazilian variants of CV-19 are beginning to get into our country. Right now the CDC and the Harris administration are blasé about this, but if the politics start to slip from them they’ll conjure up a need to isolate the country again. They’ll point out that we “don’t know” how the current vaccines will fare with these variants, and that’ll be the excuse they need.

So we’re not quite out of the woods just yet.

    nordic_prince in reply to stevewhitemd. | March 6, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    If there had been a pResident Hillary Clinton (God forbid a thousand times, and bite your tongue for even suggesting that ?) there would NOT have been a “covid-XX” virus at all.

    If the Hildabeast had been elected president in 2016 there would have been no COVID-19 pandemic as the CCP would never have released the virus.

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