On May 4, 2021, when 145 million of the 259 million American adults, or 56%, had received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, President Joe Biden set a goal of 70% by July 4.
This arbitrary milestone was missed by 3 percentage points, but it was achieved on Aug. 1, with 181 million Americans 18 years of age and older, receiving at least one jab.
Instead of celebrating this awesome achievement (thanks again to former President Donald Trump), Biden has been demagogically ranting about unvaccinated Neanderthals and the huge surge in cases in Republican-governed Florida and Texas.
In fact, COVID deaths edged up in July, from June’s 7,600 fatalities, which is the lowest monthly total since the 7,200 in March 2020, when the epidemic first exploded in America.
Cases increased by 1,385,000 between June 30, when they were 33,660,00, and July 31, when they were 35,045,000, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s “COVID Data Tracker.”
As of Aug. 6, the CDC’s authoritative “Provisional Death Counts for COVID-19” reports July’s incomplete death toll as 6,571.
When fully totaled by the end of August, deaths in July will be roughly 8,300, which equals a six-tenths of 1% deaths-to-cases ratio. Or 6 deaths per 1,000 cases.
By contrast, in January 2021, the deadliest month of the epidemic, there were 105,000 COVID deaths and 6,010,000 cases, or a 1.7% deaths-to-cases ratio.
Thus, in January, there were 194,000 cases and 3,387 deaths daily.
In July, there were 45,000 cases and 268 deaths daily.
As I documented in Newsmax article several weeks ago, COVID deaths between January and May spectacularly plunged from 105,000 to 15,000, or 86%.
With June’s deaths fully counted at 7,600, this remarkable decline, during the first half of 2021, is now 93%, according to the CDC’s “Provisional COVID Deaths.”
July’s extrapolated 8,300 deaths would represent an increase of 700 deaths, or 9%, from June’s 7,600. However, this would still be 6,700 fewer deaths than the 15,000 in May, or a fabulous 45% reduction.
By contrast, the two largest monthly increases in COVID deaths occurred between March and April 2020, with a catastrophic increase of 58,000, from 7,000 to 65,000.
And from November to December 2020, when deaths increased by 45,000, from 53,000 to 98,000.
Next-up for debunking is Biden’s rabble-rousing attacks on Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who justifiably body-slammed the faltering president several times last week.
Florida experienced 135,000 new COVID cases and 175 deaths between July 30 and Aug. 5, according to the state’s department of health website. This translates to a deaths-to-cases ratio of one-tenth of 1%, or 1 death per 1,000 cases.
By contrast, Florida’ worst week ended on Aug. 1, 2020, when it suffered 1,514 deaths, from 65,000 cases, or 23 deaths per 1,000 cases.
As I cited in my Newsmax article on July 22, John Tierney recently calculated the age-adjusted mortality rates for the 12 most-populous states, and Florida has the best record of 136 deaths per 100,000 people.
The grossly incompetent Democratic governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has the highest rate of 267 deaths per 100,000, nearly twice Florida’s. California, with another hapless, autocratic Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, has an age-adjusted death rate of 181 per 100,000.
Consequently, both Democrats are hanging on to their governorships by their fingernails, and both might be unemployed in the next month or so.
This would constitute justifiable punishments, as in June 2021, New York and California each had an unemployment rate of 7.7%, the 46th highest among the states.
Florida’s was 5.0%, which ranks 26th.
Florida’s monthly COVID deaths in 2021 are (rounded to the nearest hundred): January, 5,000; February, 3,200; March, 1,800; April, 1,500; May, 1,300; and June, 800.
Thus, between January and June, Florida’s COVID deaths declined 84%, from 5,000 to 800.
July’s incomplete total is 1,276, which I project will be approximately 1,500, when fully tallied by the end of this month.
Additional great COVID news from the Sunshine State is that vaccination rates for Florida residents, who were administered at least one dose, equal or exceed America’s in two key demographics: 18 years of age and older; and 65 years of age and older.
In the former, as of Aug. 7, the U.S. rate is 70.8% and Florida’s 70.5%.
In the latter, the U.S. rate is 90.4% and Florida’s 92.4%.
At a press conference on Aug. 6, President Biden, despite peeking at a crib sheet, idiotically claimed “we have roughly 350 million people vaccinated in the United States.”
The country’s population this year is 331 million.
Our 78-year-old, doddering commander-in-chief conflated the 350 million doses injected with the number of people jabbed. But 151 million Americans already received two jabs of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, accounting for 302 million doses.
Another 15 million Americans were injected with the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which makes 317 doses. Thus, 33 million Americans are scheduled for their second dose within the next month.
My advice to fellow Americans, who haven’t already done so, is: Ignore “Sleepy Joe,” his third-rate, hysteria-spreading COVID medical advisers, and the fake Liberal Media. Continue your pre-epidemic, creative, hectic, joyous lives.
Mark Schulte is a retired New York City schoolteacher and mathematician who has written extensively about science and the history of science. Read Mark Schulte's Reports — More Here.
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