Wednesday, March 24, 2021

New Jersey's bad Covid situation on Wednesday, March 24, 2021

IPBiz listened to the 1pm press conference of New Jersey Governor Murphy on 24 March 2021. A big question, raised in a front page story in the Star Ledger on March 24, was IF immunizations are way up, THEN why is New Jersey presently the worst state in the nation in Covid infections? The positivity percentage was given as a whopping 12.49% in the March 24 briefing, cases were up, hospitalizations were up and Ro was 1.09. No credible answers were forthcoming in the briefing.

An issue may be that the "spreaders" are not the ones being given the mRNA injections. The older population, not likely the spreaders, are the ones likely to be in tough shape if infected, but not likely to be spreading much to others. VAXing the elders may conserve hospital resources, but it likely has little effect on spreading, as New Jersey is demonstrating.

A point of unintended humor was Murphy's reference to the good job done by CVS, and other pharmacies. Merely for reference, on March 24, 2021, CVS had no available vaccination appointments.


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