The Weather: Transmission levels continue to remain high, with close to 85% of the population living in areas with substantial or higher COVID transmission, an almost 2% increase from last week.
With PCR testing infrastructure dismantled in Spring 2022, this map represents an undercount. We applaud the National Institute of Health for finally releasing an anonymous self-reporting portal for rapid antigen tests. Until now, these tests were largely unreported in the US.
Transmission reporting and map presentation matters. As we reported on 11/21, the CDC’s recent MMMR shows half of adults surveyed incorrectly perceived COVID transmission to be low to moderate, despite sustained high transmission.
To put this optimistically, when people perceive transmission to be high, they use mitigations like masks. Forward our newsletter to five friends, and encourage them to subscribe!
Monoclonal antibodies were previously used as preventative medicine and as treatment for people who are immunocompromised or unable to take Paxlovid, and based on this study, these may be no longer be viable options.
Remember that this chart does not show hospitalizations from flu, RSV, or rhinovirus, which are being seen in both pediatric and adult hospitals. It also doesn’t reflect the effects of a mass exodus from the healthcare system.
The healthcare system has lost all sorts of workers: CNAs, respiratory therapists, doctors, nurses, and social workers, meaning fewer staff members are doing more care work.
National Nurses United (NNU) cautions that overwhelming RSV and flu hospitalizations are the result of the lack of public health protections, not “immunity debt.”
Compelling evidence suggests that COVID-19 can lead to immunological dysfunction, which can persist for over eight months after a mild to medium COVID infection.
Deaths: From 11/17 to 11/24, 2,633 people died of COVID nationally. That brings the 2022 death total to over 247,500. We cannot let ourselves become numb to these staggering numbers.
Take Action: Given the urgency of the moment, it is essential that we protect each other. If you are choosing to gather with friends and family amidst the ongoing pandemic, please use #LayersOfLove. Share our Safer In-Person Gathering guide to help prevent spread.
Remember that COVID is airborne and that masks protect against COVID as well as the other viruses surging right now (flu, RSV, and rhinovirus). We urge you to wear a well-fitting N95, KN95, or KF95 mask.
Sign our petition to reinstate mask mandates in drug stores.
Public Health Advocacy works: after many testified on the efficacy and importance of masking on public transit, the New York MTA removed the inappropriate “you do you” campaign and replaced it with signs recommending masks.
Keep making noise! Testify virtually or in-person at the next MTA Board meeting on November 30th or submit a comment in favor of masks on NY public transit.
Call for others to follow suit! A future where we prioritize community care is possible.
Instead of normalizing measures like tent hospitals and 250,000+ COVID deaths per year, join us in demanding public health measures: government investment in infrastructure for indoor air quality, mask mandates, paid sick leave and robust contact tracing.
Notes: 1) The numbers in this report were current as of 11/24/22. The CDC updates data frequently as it receives refreshed information. Today’s numbers may be slightly different from the data here. 2) Check out the links throughout & see our website for more! https://peoplescdc.org.