The CDC’s data reveals that “the Delta variant hasn’t been seen in weeks” writes National Review. The good news is that new cases are “now down 80 percent from the early January peak. But judging from masking – and vaccination – policy decisions from Washington, D.C., to New York City to Canada, you would think the Omicron variant was still raging out of control” writes National Review.
Charting done by the New York Times’s seven-day average suggests new cases nationwide peaked on January 14 at 806,000. “Mondays tend to bring spikes, likely reflecting a backlog of delayed reports from the weekend. On January 3, the country reported more than 1 million new cases, and on January 10, the country reported more than 1.4 million new cases” Reports National Review.
The good news, as of Monday, the country reported about 206,000 new cases, and the seven-day average of daily new cases dropped to just below 155,000. “That comes out to an 80 percent drop in a month and puts the country back to the new-case levels of the week before Christmas.”
National Review lays out some of the policies that are unnecessary in light of the Omicron variant’s huge decrease:
The Omicron wave coming to its end should be a factor in all of the current pandemic policy decisions — including D.C.’s decision to keep masks on kids in schools indefinitely, the Department of Homeland Security’s hunt for “Covid-19 disinformation,” and the city of New York firing more than 1,400 workers for refusing to get vaccinated. Since there’s no reason to think that the Omicron wave is passing differently in Canada, its gradual end ought to be a factor in Justin Trudeau’s insistence that all Canadian truckers must get vaccinated.
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Human Infection of H3N8 Bird Flu Reported in China
Will it ever end? On Tuesday this week China’s health authority recorded its first human infection of the H3N8 strain of avian influenza. The variant was identified in a 4-year-old boy from Henan province.
According to a statement from the National Health Commission (NHC) the child raises chickens and crows in his home city of Zhumadian. On April 5 he showed fever and other symptoms, then was admitted to a medical institution five days later for treatment.
The statement indicated while it has been found in horses, dogs, birds and seals around the world, no human cases have ever been reported. Fox News reports the commission “warned the public to avoid contact with sick and dead poultry, as well as live poultry, and pay attention to hygiene.”
In March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wrote highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses had been detected in 13 states among commercial and backyard poultry, as well as in wild birds of 14 states.
Fortunately, the agency said H5N1 bird flu poses a low risk to the public.
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