Friday, June 25, 2021

Covid figures from CDC as of June 24, 2021; Missouri has most new cases

On covid, from the CDC on 24 June 2021, on 7-Day Case Rate per 100,000:

Missouri 86.6 Wyoming 72.1 Nevada 70.4 Virgin Islands 68.8 Utah 67.7 Arkansas 63.4 Florida 50.3 Colorado 48.5 Louisiana 46.3 Washington 42.8 Arizona 41.5 [10th worst state] Oregon 38.8 Montana 35.7 Oklahoma 33.7 Idaho 33.6 Alaska 33.2 New Mexico 31.6 Guam 30.2 Mississippi 29.9 Indiana 24.2 Texas 23.4 Kansas 23.1 [20th worst state] Georgia 21.6 West Virginia 21.1 Kentucky 20.7 Alabama 20.2 North Carolina 19.4 [25th worst state] Hawaii 19.3

Delaware 18.6 South Carolina 17.5 California 17.2 New Jersey 16.8 Ohio 15.4 Iowa 15.3 New York City* 15.1 North Dakota 14 Rhode Island 14 Maine 12.8 Nebraska 12.7 Tennessee 12.6 Minnesota 12.5 New Hampshire 12.5 Illinois 12.3 Virginia 11 Pennsylvania 10.7 Michigan 10.6 Wisconsin 10.4 Puerto Rico 9.7 South Dakota 9.7 New York* 9.5 District of Columbia 8.6 Connecticut 7.9 Massachusetts 6.7 Maryland 6.7 Vermont 5 Northern Mariana Islands 0

CDC | Data as of: June 24, 2021 1:33 PM ET. Posted: June 24, 2021 10:08 PM ET

In passing, Lester Holt, on NBC Nightly News on June 24, confused Missouri with Mississippi.

Separately, on the positivity front, one notes "recent infections" does NOT correlate with "positivity" for the state of South Dakota. [And percent fully vaccinated does not correlate with recent infections for SC and Tenn.]

Also, note the discussion of the "delta plus" variant of covid:

As for the Delta Plus variant, Dr. Jeremy Kamil, a virologist at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, told BBC News that there's not "much reason to believe this [Delta Plus] is any more dangerous than the original Delta." "I would keep calm," he said. "I don't think India or anyone else in the world has released or accumulated enough data to distinguish the risk from the so-called Delta Plus as being more dangerous or concerning than the original Delta variant."


TIME magazine wrote:

Delta Plus contains an additional mutation called K417N, in the part of the spike protein of the virus that binds to cells to start infection. But, says Dr. Ravindra Gupta, professor of clinical microbiology at the Cambridge Institute for Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Diseases who has been genetically sequencing SARS-CoV-2 and studying its genetic evolution, “I predict 417 is not an important enough mutation. Delta is bad enough as it is and I don’t think 417 will change [it] that much or become dominant.”

Gupta’s lab has studied how well antibodies generated after natural infection or immunity provided by vaccines can protect against the Delta variant, and found that the protection is sufficient. However, it is lower than that generated against the Alpha variant. So it may only be a matter of time before vaccinated people need a booster shot with a new vaccine to enjoy long-term protection against Delta and Delta Plus. “We should be worried about the accumulation of mutations,” says Priyamvada Acharya, director of the division of structural biology at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute. “We should be worried about variants that are coming up that are more transmissible and resistant [to immune antibodies]. Should we be panicked yet? I don’t think so. But it’s important to get people vaccinated as fast as possible.”



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