Archive for October 14th, 2020

NYT: “Pandemic will be over sooner than expected”

October 14, 2020

Begrudging credit finally given to Trump’s Operation Warp Speed
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Donald G. McNeil Jr. is a science reporter who has covered epidemics and diseases for the NYT since 1976.

He confesses that he has been “a consistently gloomy Cassandra, reporting on the catastrophe that experts saw coming: that the virus would go pandemic, that Americans were likely to die in large numbers.”

His view now: After taking the obligatory Trump-shot that, “with stronger leadership, the death toll would have been far lower”, McNeil concedes that:

Experts are saying, with genuine confidence, that the pandemic in the United States will be over far sooner than they expected, possibly by the middle of next year.

Why the sudden gush of optimism?

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Oct. 14: C-19 Data Dashboard

October 14, 2020

220,905 Deaths-to-Date

787 Daily New Deaths  (peak 2,824 April 21)
> 7-day average 739    (peak 2.229 April 23)

49,652  New Cases
> 7-day average  49,399

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