• Driven by the delta variant, lagging vaccine rates and holiday gatherings, the number of new COVID cases per day doubled over the last three weeks.
  • COVID context: The virus continues to kill people faster than guns, car crashes and influenza combined.
  • “This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”—CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
  • According to the State Department, there’s a backlog of 1.5 million passport applications. The wait time for renewing or applying could be as much as 18 weeks.
  • Los Angeles County, the nation’s largest, has restored an indoor mask mandate—even for those who have been vaccinated.
  • Consensus: Most vaccinated Americans are unlikely to need COVID-19 booster shots for months—or even a year.
  • According to the American Psychology Association’s annual stress survey, 42 percent of the population gained unwanted weight—averaging 29 lbs.—during the pandemic.
  • Airbnb upside: As the country adjusts to post-lockdown status, many travelers are choosing to stay in rented homes rather than hotels as a way of maintaining a safer bubble.
  • According to White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients, nearly one in five of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections is from Florida.
  • Florida is third in the nation in new COVID cases per capita—trailing only Arkansas and Missouri, according to the CDC.
  • The U.S. has been experiencing COVID outbreaks tied to summer camps in a number of states, including Florida.
  • According to Dr. Peggy Duggan, TGH’s executive vice president and chief medical officer, nearly 90 percent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients have not been vaccinated.
  • “There should be more mandates (at the local level to crush the COVID spread).”—Dr. Anthony Fauci.

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