Monday, November 16, 2020

11 million COVID-19 diagnoses in U.S., another vaccine announcement, and Michigan 'pauses' to slow the pandemic, second update for November 2020

A week ago today, I gave a post-election pandemic update — 10 million total U.S. cases, record daily cases, COVID-19 vaccine, and transition team task force. In only seven days, CBS News reported One million new COVID-19 cases confirmed in U.S. in past week.

COVID-19 is surging across the country, with the U.S. recording another one million new confirmed cases in just the past week. As the virus shows no signs of slowing down and the economic toll deepens, President Trump spent Sunday playing golf for the second straight weekend. CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang joined “CBSN AM” with the latest.
Also, 9,000 more Americans have died from the disease during the past week and 250,000 total deaths could happen in few days. Yikes! That's the bad news. CBS News also reported good news, Moderna's coronavirus vaccine shows success in testing.

Moderna says preliminary results show its coronavirus vaccine is over 94% effective. CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports on the latest developments, and emergency care physician Dr. Ron Elfenbein joined CBSN to discuss progress towards a vaccine and the challenges involved in distributing it to millions of people nationwide.
That's even better than the Pfizer vaccine news I shared last week. I see a second light down the tunnel that isn't an oncoming train. Unfortunately, the first light definitely is a locomotive bearing down on us. We have to do our best to dodge it until the vaccines become available in the spring.

CBS News mentioned Michigan's restrictions that were announced last night and will take effect on Wednesday. WOOD-TV reported on those in Whitmer: Take pandemic order seriously so we can push numbers down.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking Michiganders to take the recent pandemic order seriously, warning that if we continue at this rate, tens of thousands of people could die by mid-winter.
Impeach Whitmer for these emergency orders? Wow, talk about no good deed goes unpunished! I hope that idea doesn't get past the talking stage. In the meantime, I agree with her statement in response. Go Big Gretch!

I'm going to quit now before I get too worked up. Maybe tomorrow I can post about the final episode of "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" for 2020 or something about entertainment instead of the COVID-19 pandemic or the election. Stay tuned.

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