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As we had forecast over a month ago, the COVID War in many nations would come to an end... for now.
The seven-day average for COVID-related deaths in the U.S. was 432 last week, representing the lowest number in more than a year, according to an analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University appearing in a recent Wall St. Journal article.
The article claims this figure is a sign of the effectiveness of the U.S. vaccination program, with more than half of the adult population now fully vaccinated and the “good news” that some 75 percent of Americans over 65 years of age have been vaccinated.
The Trends Journal has, for some time, questioned the wisdom of requiring vaccinations for the young, who are statistically at the lowest risk from the virus, and yet many are of some the biggest victims of the economic and societal fallout from the pandemic. (See our 1 December 2020 article, “YOUNG VS. OLD: FIGHTING THE COVID WAR.”)
The WSJ article also mentions another approach for those who are unvaccinated and become infected. Drug treatments called monoclonal antibodies have proven effective in limiting the severity of infections and reducing, by some 70 percent, hospitalizations and death rates among those who present mild to moderate symptoms.
TREND FORECAST: The WSJ article acknowledges a little-reported aspect... one we have continued to highlight when the COVID War began in January 2020.
Back then, the big news that shook the nation was the headline:
First Covid-19 Outbreak in a U.S. Nursing Home Raises Concerns
Yes, a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington.
Buried in last Saturday’s WSJ article (Saturday is the least-read news day of the week) is the fact that four out of five COVID deaths in America have been people over 65 years of age.