Good Morning, Mission! Welcome to Virus Village, your daily Covid-19 data dump.
Is a fourth surge coming? According to Dr. Michael Osterholm, it’s already here. Not “here” as in San Francisco, but around the world, with numbers rocketing in India, Brazil, much of Africa and Europe. And signs of a surge can be seen in the U.S., but in regional patches.
The Vaccine has been demonstrated protection against severe Covid. A new study shows something else works.
Check this out, as mass rapid testing may be on the horizon in the U.S. To help control the virus, the UK recently introduced a regime of mass twice-weekly rapid testing and it’s a mess.
The CDC has prolonged its study of blood clots and the J&J vaccine. Oxford University in England says Covid presents more of a risk of clotting than the vaccine and Dr. Jeremy Faust has a long thread comparing the risk with the vaccine to the background risk.
On the non-Covid front, a lot happening in the Mission yesterday with protests against killer-cops, a daycare worker charged with child porn, the grand opening of the Mission’s largest fully affordable housing project, severe cutbacks in ESL at CCSF, and the arrest of another Recology executive tied to the Mohammed Nuru scandal.
While waiting for The Vaccination, scroll down for today’s Covid numbers.
Income inequality doesn’t need Covid to kill. Especially in the U.S.
For the week ending April 12, the rate of weekly change in Covid positive patients fell 4 percent. During that week, the seven-day average availability of ICU beds was 36 percent and Acute Care availability was 25 percent. On April 12, Covid patients comprised 3.2 percent of all ICU patients and 1.4 percent of all Acute Care patients.
The latest data from the Federal Health and Human Services department shows SFGH with 5 Covid patients last week and 82 percent ICU occupancy, while across the Mission, CPMC had 1 Covid patients and 43 percent ICU occupancy.