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New COVID-19 Cases Soar, But New Deaths Decline As Younger Patients Recover

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Even though new coronavirus infections are rising in America and around the world, new coronavirus deaths are largely flat, a trend largely missing from most mainstream media coverage.

Experts say the fact that new coronavirus deaths appear to remain flat is driven by more younger patients getting infected and recovering amid reopenings as the worst of the pandemic passes.

“Across the United States,” reported the Post, “more than 36,000 new infections were reported by state health departments on Wednesday — surpassing the previous single-day record of 34,203 set on April 25.”

Yet the article failed to mention that even while new infections are on the rise, new COVID-19 deaths are not.

This vital information gap in the media is causing some health policy experts to worry that fear about the coronavirus — evidenced, for example, by Wednesday’s sharp stock market drop — is not founded in facts, particularly about how the virus disparately impacts different age groups. The spreading of unfounded alarm, the experts fear, could risk deep harm to Americans’ livelihoods and mental health due to a prolonged, widespread shutdown.

The coronavirus has ravaged elderly populations in nursing homes and those with underlying comorbidities, but now the virus appears to be striking those who are younger and healthier and more able to withstand the disease and return to life normally.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine professor Dr. William Schaffner, who specializes in preventive medicine and infectious diseases, noted in an interview with Just the News that for example, in Florida, reports indicate that it is middle-aged and younger adults now being hit with COVID-19.

Data from Oxford University show that even though the confirmed daily reported COVID-19 cases have been ticking up in the United States in recent days, daily confirmed deaths have not risen.

Similar trends are seen worldwide, according to Oxford: Daily confirmed cases have been rising, but daily confirmed deaths have not.

“The data has made it clear that the impact of COVID-19 on those in long-term care facilities or older adults with underlying conditions has been devastating, and more cautious policies are suggested,” Joshua Archambault, a senior fellow in healthcare policy at the Foundation for Government Accountability, told Just the News. “But for younger adults, if local hospital capacity is not an issue, then more open policies can be recommended, as long as they are paired with the common-sense best practices that most know to follow already.”

Archambault recommended that to find a sustainable “new normal” leaders should analyze data daily or weekly to update any advice to citizens, instead of blanket recommendations or mandates for citizens based on older data.

“Without nuance, individuals’ economic lives are ruined, and the negative impacts of isolation can set in, leading to more domestic violence, and suicide,” Archambault said. “There are two sides to pandemic shutdowns. This will mean different recommendations for different groups and will reflect local concerns related to hospital capacity. That is why looking at just one data source is not enough. Leaders should be looking at running averages for hospital admission rates, mortality rates, and infection rates by different groups to make recommendations.”


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice.

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June 26, 2020

No-one has explaned yet why the MILLIONS of “homeless” in seppo-stan aren’t dying like flies.
Or MILLIONS of “homeless” ALL OVER THE WORLD re not dying in their THOUSANDS DAILY!

Reply to  BobValdez
June 26, 2020

because the general population does not interact with them at a close distance, because many of them are without families or children that go to school or partners that go to work, because they are not breathing stale, recycled indoors air, because distancing measures were also applied to them, plus cities, in order to control these distancing rules actually started to take care of their basic needs. Then again, we don’t really know if the deaths reported doesn’t include them. Stats don’t specify that. So how do you know that they are not dying. Maybe not by the millions, but… Read more »

June 26, 2020

Because of more testing more young people are identified with covid. The deaths are not immideate, they follow several days to weeks after an increase in cases. Also treatment has improved and staff is more routined now with handling these cases. If it was just another flu, numbers should be declining now. They are not. The recent increase is often a result of demonstrations and also people getting complacent, especially since restrictions are being eased. The domestic violence theme is a bit overused. If you can’t quarantine together you are not meant to be together. Time to get out and… Read more »

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