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500,000 US deaths from the pandemic ! ! !

My wife and I received the booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine today. We live in a town that is 45% Latino (mostly Puerto Rican). Both times we were there, the vaccinees were almost all Caucasian, a disaster in the making.

The setup was a marvel of efficiency. The time of vaccination was written on a sticky, which was to be placed on the (widely separated) chairs we sat on for 15 minutes, watched by several nurses for any symptoms.  As soon as we got up, someone (a Latino wouldn’t you know) zoomed over and sterilized the chair. The nurse I spoke with said that what we’d seen about Latinos not getting vaccinated was typical in her experienced. She also noted misinformation going around among them, such that vaccination would make you sterile.

I asked her how she though the USA was doing vis a vis other countries, and she said she thought that we were the worst, and quoted the front page of the New York Times of 21 February.

Well, we have two sets of actual statistics available. The first is mortality from the pandemic per 100,000 population and the second is the mortality rate of symptomatic cases (case fatality ratio).

Here are the top ten mortality rates per 100,000 population

181.70, 180.83, 158.39, 155.25, 152.49, 143.61. 142.73, 140.98, 124.72, 118.50

Here are the 10 countries (alphabetized) from which these rates were drawn

Czech Republic, France, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom, USA

Here are the case fatality rates (in percent) from the same 10 countries

8.8, 3.5, 3.4, 2.9, 2.3, 2.2, 2.1, 2.0, 1.8, 1.7

Your job is to match the countries with rates based on what you’ve read and what you know.  At least guess where the USA and the UK fit in. 

Answers and further commentary tomorrow 


How to get vaccinated early

Here is a completely ethical way to jump to the head of the line and get vaccinated before you should have been. I did it quite unconsciously, taking my wife in for her scheduled vaccination 1 February in the midst of a blizzard whose intensity was impressive even by Montana standards. It was toward the end of the day and the place was pretty empty. I had an appointment for the 9th and my wife asked if I could get in if there had been cancellations (which there seemed to be). So they took me.

This turned out to be ethical because they were administering the Pfizer vaccine, which has to be used after being thawed out or thrown away (it can’t be refrozen). It really is a situation of use it or lose it.

So that’s what you do — go to a place administering the Pfizer vaccine (this won’t work if they’re giving the Moderna vaccine which can be refrozen) and ask there have been any cancellations.  Do this late in the day.

At last something useful from this blog.