The CDC reports that Covid deaths account for just 1% of national deaths. This is a noteworthy departure from the height of the pandemic when the CDC said that one in three deaths was caused by Covid.
This is noteworthy because the White House on Monday said that there will be a new vaccine available in mid-September. And yet the CDC also says that the new BA.2.86 strain is “more capable of causing infection in people who have previously had COVID-19 or who have received COVID-19 vaccines.”
This is also noteworthy because pro-mask mandate protests have been popping up in the U.S. and Canada.
Covid cases and hospitalization rates have been increasing but if you look at this chart of hospitalization rates since 2020, it is clear that this happens every fall with flu season.