Wednesday, March 29, 2023

PBS NewsHour describes 'The state of COVID in the U.S. three years into pandemic'

In the spirit of "tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight," I'm moving from Colbert and Meyers return from a week off to take closer looks at the rally in Waco and waiting for an indictment yesterday to an update on the pandemic today with PBS NewsHour's The state of COVID in the U.S. three years into pandemic.

Three years into the pandemic, cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all declining. But questions remain about new variants and whether some people may need a spring booster shot, and there are many concerns about the impact of long COVID. Epidemiologist Katelyn Jetelina joined William Brangham with an update on the state of COVID in the U.S.
I just got my second booster shot today, so I'm already following the advice to get one. I'm also still wearing my mask in public indoor spaces, which leads to ABC News' As COVID-19 protection measures go away, high-risk Americans remain concerned.

Nearly three years after the start of the pandemic, almost all restrictions for COVID-19 safety have been dropped, but some Americans are still worried about their own health.
I'm a diabetic and asthmatic, so I have health issues that I feel I have to continue protecting myself. I'm also protecting my wife, who has her own health issues. I am nowhere near ready to to stop wearing my N95 masks. That will probably continue after the currently scheduled end of the pandemic on May 11, 2023. I'm returning to PBS NewsHour as it asks and answers What happens when U.S. COVID emergency measures end in May?

Since the start of the pandemic, both former President Trump and President Biden have repeatedly renewed a special declaration of a national and public health emergency. But the government’s approach toward COVID has dramatically changed and Biden said he would allow that emergency declaration to end in May. William Brangham spoke with Lawrence Gostin about what it will mean.
I'm not looking forward to the end of the health emergency, the timing of which has been set by politics, not science.

As my readers could gather, the theme of today's Wayback Wednesday retrospective is top posts about the pandemic. Follow over the jump to see those and how they earned their page views.

'SNL' opens with holiday greetings from Fauci and others, posted December 12, 2021, continued to earn page views long after I reported on it in PBS NewsHour features Fauci and Hotez for a pandemic update on Flashback Friday on April 29, 2022. It accumulated ~2,040 raw page views between March 21, 2022 and March 2023, placing it in a statistical tie for twelfth with 'Murder hornets' return for World Honey Bee Day. I never recorded it making the monthly top 20 during the past twelve months, but it did manage to increase its total raw page views to ~10,800 all-time, as shown in total page views.

ETA: Those were enough to move it to eighth over Spring ahead, although it's probably not good for you, Game of Thrones D&D character alignment charts, A comparison of two measures of media bias shows readers and viewers respond to both ideology and quality, and Doctors to Congress: Fund gun violence research at the CDC and NIH, which dropped to twelfth, eleventh, tenth, and ninth all-time respectively according to raw page views.

CNBC explains 'Why Everyone Is Getting Sick' during this year's flu season from November 22, 2022, earned 237 raw page views during November 2022, not enough to make the top 40 posts that month, but I shared it at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page during December 2022, which attracted 524 default and 641 raw page views during December 2022, ranking sixth for the month. It ended the blogging year with 903 raw page views, ranking it 38th overall according to raw page views and 29th among entries actually posted during the twelfth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News. It has gained one page view since.

Kevin G. tweeted MSNBC reports 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. per day as BA.5 variant spreads, a pandemic update from July 12, 2022 on July 24, 2022. My quote tweet on August 2, 2022 earned 1,858 impressions, third most overall for the blogging year and most for July 2022, and 11 total engagements, including 4 hashtag clicks, the most for the year and July 2022, 4 profile clicks, tied for most during July 2022, 2 likes, and 1 retweet.

Stay tuned for another retrospective tomorrow on Throwback Thursday.

Previous posts in this series Previous retrospectives about disease outbreaks. Previous retrospectives about Twitter Previous retrospectives about the back catalog.

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