Friday Stats and More

Based on the CDC’s Cases in the U.S. website, here is the FEHBlog’s chart of new weekly COVID-19 cases and deaths over the 20th through 47th weeks of this year (beginning May 14 and ending November 25; using Thursday as the first day of the week in order to facilitate this weekly update):

and here is the CDC’s latest overall weekly hospitalization rate chart for COVID-19:

The ending drop, which is found in every weekly chart, is not meaningful. The CDC’s Fluview was not updated today.

The FEHBlog has noted that the new cases and deaths chart shows a flat line for new weekly deaths because new cases greatly exceed new deaths. Accordingly here is a chart of new COVID-19 deaths over the same period (May 14 through November 25).

You will notice that FEHBlog has figured out how to more clearly present the two axes in these charts.

Although weekly new deaths continue to rise sharply, that weekly total remains below the heights reached in the Spring (shown below) even though the number of new cases in the fall (over 1 million last week) eclipse the number of new cases in the Spring (April 2 through May 13, always under 200,000 weekly):

The FEHBlog was happy to read in the Wall Street Journal that United Airlines has begun “operating charter flights to position doses of Pfizer Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine for quick distribution if the shots are approved by regulators, according to people familiar with the matter.”

The FEHBlog plans a special Federal Benefits Open Season issue tomorrow. Stay tuned.