Just a brief case update today. New cases are still dropping fast in the US, California, and San Diego County. Cases are now about as many as their were just before Christmas when the Omicron wave was just starting in the US.
The great news is, deaths appear to have peaked in the US 2 weeks ago, and were indeed very low, about as many as last Winter when the cases were far fewer than in the Omicron wave. A little math says that Omicron is roughly a quarter as deadly as the Alpha variant from last Winter.
Another plug for data: Last week I asked for folks to answer the following questions:
1) Have you ever had COVID? If so, when?
2) Have you been vaccinated? When?
3) Have you had COVID multiple times? If so when? What were your symptoms like each time? Were you hospitalized? If so for how long?
4) Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Obviously, a lot of people don’t want to go public with this information. You can post below or direct message me. I want to get an idea of how vaccination and previous infection produced protection for future infection. When you were infected will tell me what SARS-2 variant you had, and whether that variant protected you from future versions.
So far, I’ve only gotten about 30 responses, too few to be useful. If you want chime in, please do so! Thanks!
Don’t fear, but be smart,