In 2020, 2021 and 2022 there was a seasonal low point in U.S. Covid cases in September and October after the small summer peak worked its way out. During the lull, over 300 people a day are dying from Covid but that’s relatively low.
Covid cases start rising again in November, especially after the Thanksgiving super-spreader travel, shopping and parties. Cases are beginning to tick up now.
The insurance adjuster who flew to Seattle from Kansas City to handle some cases caused by last week’s storm was sick when he arrived and was almost immediately diagnosed with Covid. He’s quarantining in a hotel room on Paxlovid. He had Covid last year.
The country is heading into its third Covid winter without crucial tools we’ve relied on at previous points in the pandemic, both as governments roll back their responses and as the virus outruns some of our most important medicine-cabinet defenses.
Free at-home tests are no longer showing up at people’s doorsteps. States are reporting outbreak data less frequently, and globally, testing and surveillance programs have been curtailed. Support for community vaccination campaigns has dwindled. And next year at some point, the U.S. government will stop paying for Covid vaccines and treatments, which could widen gaps in access as the products move to being covered by insurance…
Health officials have said that even though free at-home tests are no longer available through the U.S. Postal Service, the government is keeping up with other testing programs, including at long-term care facilities, schools, and rural health centers. Insurers are also required to cover tests… The Biden administration will at some point stop extending the Covid public health emergency, and it will expire. Such a move will have major implications for telehealth and millions of people on Medicaid, and it will also end the requirement that insurers cover tests free of charge…[end quote]
Many working people don’t have health insurance through their employers. Medicaid recipients (and poor people in states without Medicaid) won’t be able to get free testing and vaccinations.
If ever there was a penny-wise, dollar-poor strategy it is refusing to vaccinate poor people for free.
Society may be done with Covid, but Covid isn’t done with society. And the news that Covid re-infection is more lethal and also leads to more disability will have Macroeconomic impact as the workers are re-infected, some multiple times.
Wendy (still masking and vaccinated for flu as well as Covid)