COVID Bits

* “(The unvaccinated minority) can cause a lot of damage, and they are.”–President Joe Biden.

* Counterfeit masks and vaccination cards. Bogus pop-up test sites and tests. Those responsible: May there be a separate circle in hell.

* One thousand military medical personnel are being deployed across the country to help overwhelmed medical facilities ease staff shortages.

* Overall, approximately 63 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated.

* Less than half the population is fully vaccinated in Mississippi, Alabama, Wyoming and Idaho, deeply conservative states.

* Just over 17 percent of children 5 to 11 are fully vaccinated.

* The CDC continues to recommend that those age 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status, wear well-fitting masks while indoors in public spaces.

* Nearly all teenagers needing intensive care for COVID were unvaccinated.

* “The faster omicron spreads, the more opportunities there are for mutation, potentially leading to more variants.”–Boston University infectious disease epidemiologist Leonardo Martinez.

* Omicron mostly affects the upper respiratory system, rather than the lungs—which can mean shorter hospital stays for those who need treatment.

* The U.S. Army is offering a maximum enlistment bonus of $50,000 to highly-skilled recruits who sign up for 6 years. The Army has struggled to lure soldiers into certain critical jobs during the pandemic.

* About 13 percent of Florida’s COVID patients are currently in the ICU. During the peak of the delta variant, it was about 30 percent.

* Hillsborough County schools have reported more than 19,000 COVID cases since the school year began.

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