c933103 wrote:flyguy89 wrote:lightsaber wrote:South Africa locked down to mitigate the peak. We are taking all the risk.
Where are you getting your info exactly?
From Dec. 16:South Africa's National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) has retained its lockdown at 'adjusted level 1', or the lowest of a five-tier system of restrictions, in the battle on the Omicron variant, health authorities said on Thursday.
https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/so ... 021-12-16/
South Africa has been at this level since Oct. 1. Level 1 is simply a curfew. No adjustments were made when Omicron arrived.
"Simply a curfew" is above and beyond the highest level of restriction in many countries along Western Pacific
A curfew is very effective. Ok, I shouldn't have said lockdown. Did everyone see how packed the bars were this holiday? Hospitalizations lag infections by multiple weeks. We're already in the USA about to pass the Delta peak and as we are behind the UK, we won't see the New Year's party infections in the ER until 1/14 or a week later.
Curfews cut cases. India just set one.
The USA just passed a million verified cases and does everyone know how impossible it is to get rapid tests or a PCR (which aren't always free anymore, so people are only getting them when really sick:
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/coronavi ... uxbndlbing
Both South Africa and the United States have pitiful testing. To the point in South Africa, we must question how much of the drop is due to the decline in testing. For the USA, we just don't know how bad the hospitals will be; recall, a Covid19 +ve person is not allowed in a regular ward due to the risk for other vulnerable patients.
https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/covi ... AR~VCT~LAO
The wheels have loose lugnuts. I really hope our hospital system doesn't have the wheels fall off, but it looks likely in Illinois and Texas per prior links I posted.