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  • August 31, 2022 - Princess Diana Spencer (7/1/1961 - 8/31/1997) (24th anniversary of her death)

    Diana Spencer

    Death of Diana, Princess of Wales

  • August 31, 2022 - International Overdose Awareness Day

    Overdose Awareness Day

    Overdose Awareness Day
    Graphic source: http://interfaith-works.org/wp-content/uploads/InternationalOverdoseAwarenessDay-Aug31-2016-hpSlider.png

    Overdose awareness day
    Graphic source: https://www.overdoseday.com/

    Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes 2017

    Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 63: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder 8/2021

  • August 30, 2022 - Illicit Drug Use in the Past Year


    Graphic source: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt29393/2019NSDUHFFRPDFWHTML/2019NSDUHFFR090120.htm
  • August 30, 2022 - Source Where Pain Relievers Were Obtained for Most Recent Misuse among People Aged 12 or Older Who Misused Pain Relievers in the Past Year: 2019

    Sources for pain relievers
    Graphic source: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt29393/2019NSDUHFFRPDFWHTML/2019NSDUHFFR090120.htm
  • August 29, 2022 - Opioid Misuse

    Opioid Misuse
    Graphic source: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt29393/2019NSDUHFFRPDFWHTML/2019NSDUHFFR090120.htm
  • August 28, 2022 - Initiation of Marijuana Use

    Marijuana Initiation
    Graphic source: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt29393/2019NSDUHFFRPDFWHTML/2019NSDUHFFR090120.htm
  • August 27, 2022 - People Aged 12 or Older with a Past Year Substance Use Disorder (SUD): 2019

    People Aged 12 or Older with a Past Year Substance Use Disorder (SUD) 2019
  • August 26, 2022 - August 26th is National WebMistress Day

  • August 26, 2022 - Women's Equality Day: The 19th Amendment and the right to vote - 100th Anniversary

    :Women
    Graphic source: https://borderlessnewsandviews.com/2013/08/26/womens-equality-day-the-19th-amendment-and-the-right-to-vote/

    For more information, Women's Equality Day: The 19th Amendment and the right to vote

  • On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees American women's right to vote, was certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. Ratification and certification of this amendment meant that United States citizen could not be denied the right to vote on the basis of gender. This amendment was a long time in the making; it was first introduced in 1878 by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton but it took 41 years until Congress submitted the amendment to the states for ratification.

  • August 25, 2022 - www.bettycjung.net is now 23 Years Old!

    22 years and counting, thanks for visiting over the years!

    Happy 23rd birthday!
    Graphic Source: https://www.azbirthdaywishes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/azbirthdaywishes-birthdaypics-16322.jpg
    It is hard to believe that it has been 23 years since I published the first webpages that turned into this Web site. Many thanks to the millions of visitors who contributed millions of hits during the past 23 years, and for all the nice comments along the way. I will continue to strive to make this Web site a worthwhile place to spend your time and find credible public health and health information. Thank you so much!

  • August 24, 2022 - Substance Use Disorder (Alcohol or Illicit Drugs)

    Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and Illicit Drug Use Disorder (IDUD)
    Graphic source: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt29393/2019NSDUHFFRPDFWHTML/2019NSDUHFFR090120.htm

  • August 23, 2022 - Co-Occurring Major Depressive Episode (MDE) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) among Adolescents

    Teen SUD MDE
    Graphic source: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt29393/2019NSDUHFFRPDFWHTML/2019NSDUHFFR090120.htm

  • August 22, 2022 - Contact Lens Health Week 2022, August 22 - 26

    Contact Lens Week
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/index.html

    Contact Lens and Sleeping
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6732a2.htm

    For more information, see Contact Lens Week

  • August 22, 2022 - 21st Century Total Solar Eclipses

    Total Solar Eclipses in North America in the 21st Century
    Map source: https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/22/16179716/total-solar-eclipses-future-unites-states-2024

    For more information about coming eclipses, see Did you miss yesterday's total solar eclipse? Here's your next chance

  • August 21, 2022 - June 2022 - 6th Warmest Month on Record

    June 2022 - 6th hottest
    Graphic source: https://www.noaa.gov/news/june-2022-was-earths-6th-warmest-on-record

    June 2022 was Earth’s 6th-warmest on record. Antarctic sea ice shrank to a record low for the month

  • August 21, 2022 - Remembering the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse

    Eclipse Across America Poster
    Graphic source: http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov


    Graphic created from: http://gatehouseprojects.com/eclipse/Solar-Eclipse/site/thetimesnews.com

    Great American Eclipse
    Graphic source: http://earthsky.org/tonight/total-solar-eclipse-on-august-21
    See the tiny black dot crossing the United States in this this animation of the August 21 solar eclipse? Only here that you can see a total eclipse of the sun. But everyplace within the much larger gray circle will see a partial eclipse

    NASA solar eclipse
    Graphic source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/total-solar-eclipse-2017-upcoming-celestial-event/story?id=48859509

    August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse Path
    Map source: http://www.today.com/health/solar-eclipse-eye-safety-how-protect-your-vision-t114206

    A record number of Americans watched the 2017 solar eclipse -- and sought science afterward 8/2018

  • August 20, 2022 - August 20th is World Mosquito Day!

    World Mosquito Day
    Graphic source: https://hicare.in/blog/world-mosquito-day/

    Mosquito-borne diseases
    Graphic source:http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kvcr/files/201707/mosquito-borne-disease-hero1.png

    Mosquito-borne diseases
    Graphic source: http://clinical-laboratory.blogspot.com/2016/08/mosquito-borne-diseases.html

    For more information, see Mosquito Bites: Everyone is at Risk! @CDC_NCEZID

  • August 20, 2022 - Co-Occurring Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

    SUD and SMI, 2019
    Graphic source: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt29393/2019NSDUHFFRPDFWHTML/2019NSDUHFFR090120.htm

  • August 19, 2022 - Today is #NationalAviationDay! @NASAaero

    National Aviation Day
    Graphic source: NASA Aeronautics @NASAaero
  • August 19, 2022 - August 19th is World Humanitarian Day

    World Humanitarian Day
    Graphic source: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanitarianday/multimedia.shtml

    World Humanitarian Day
    Graphic source: http://www.fao.org/un-expo/en/un-days/world-humanitarian-day.html

    For more information, see WHO's World Humanitarian Day
    FAO's World Humanitarian Day

  • August 19, 2022 - Overdose Deaths Spiked After Start of the Pandemic, Driven by Synthetic Opioids Like Fentanyl

    COVID and Overdose Deaths from Fentanyl
    Graphic source: https://www.commonwealthfund.org/blog/2021/spike-drug-overdose-deaths-during-covid-19-pandemic-and-policy-options-move-forward
  • August 18, 2022 - Rise in Fentanyl Deaths

    Fentanyl deaths
    Graphic : https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opioids/fentanyl.html

  • August 17, 2022 - Overdose Deaths Increased in Almost Every State During the First Eight Months of 2020

    2017-2018 Drug OD Deaths
    Graphic source: https://www.commonwealthfund.org/blog/2021/spike-drug-overdose-deaths-during-covid-19-pandemic-and-policy-options-move-forward

  • August 16, 2022 - U.S. Financial Statistics, by Generation

    Financial Stats, by generation
    Graphic source: http://www.marketingcharts.com/traditional/these-financial-stats-show-why-brands-shouldnt-focus-too-much-on-millennials-75298/attachment/epsilon-financial-stats-us-adults-by-generation-mar2017/

  • August 15, 2022 - Global Drug Death Rate

    Global Drug Death Rates
    Graphic source: https://pnhp.org/sites/default/files/OpiodChart.jpg
  • August 14, 2022 - Top 25 States for Drug Overdoses, 2001-2011

    Drug overdoses 2001-2011
    Graphic source: https://drugabuse.com/featured/decade-of-drug-overdose/
  • August 13, 2022 - Substance Use among Adults, by Mental Illness Status (Source: SAMHSA)

    Substance Use and Mental Illness, 2019
    Graphic source: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt29393/2019NSDUHFFRPDFWHTML/2019NSDUHFFR090120.htm
  • August 12, 2022 - August 12th is National Vinyl Record Day

    August 12 is Vinyl Record Day
    Graphic source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/2018/08/11/august-12-2018-national-middle-child-day-national-vinyl-record-day-national-spirit-of-45-day-national-julienne-fries-day/

  • August 11, 2022 - Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior among Adults (Source: SAMHSA)

    Suicide Behaviors, 2019
    Graphic source: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt29393/2019NSDUHFFRPDFWHTML/2019NSDUHFFR090120.htm
  • August 10, 2022 - National Connecticut Day

    National CT Day
  • August 9, 2022 - Major Depression (MD) and MDE with Severe Impairment among Adults

    Depression
    Graphic source: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2019-nsduh-annual-national-report
  • August 8, 2022 - August 8th is International Cat Day

    International Cat Day
    Graphic source: https://www.petsworld.in/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Internatinal-Cat-Day.png

    Cat Day
    Graphic source; Facebook

  • August 7, 2022 - Global Deaths from Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, 1990 - 2017

    Global death from drugs and substance abuse
    Graphic source: https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/death-rates-from-mental-and-substance-disorders-by-age?country=~OWID_WRL
  • August 6, 2022 - Deaths from Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, 1980 - 2014 (U.S.), 1990 - 2017 World

    Mental Health Deaths
    Map source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/where-you-live-may-determine-how-you-die/

    US death from drugs and substance abuse Graphic source: https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/death-rates-from-mental-and-substance-disorders-by-age?country=~USA

  • August 5, 2022 - Modifiable Shared Risk Factors of Noncommunicable Diseases

    Chronic Disease shared risk factors
    Graphic source: https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/t1/s526x296/62024_790791397602409_1979226964_n.jpg
  • August 4, 2022 - Social Network Penetration Forecast, 2014 - 2020

    Social Platforms 2014-2020
    Graphic source: http://www.marketingcharts.com/online/us-social-network-penetration-forecast-65909/attachment/emarketer-social-platform-penetration-forecast-2014-2020-feb2016/
  • August 3, 2022 - U.S. Mortality, 2020 (Provisional)

    3rd leading cause of death
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7014e1.htm

    JAMA leading causes of death
    Graphic source: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2778234

    US mortality
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7014e1.htm

  • August 2, 2022 - August is National Immunization Awareness Month #NIAM

    National Immunization Month
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/index.html

    National Immunization Month
    Graphic source: http://www.chathampublichealth.com/health-information/august-is-national-immunization-awareness-month/

    For immunization information, see Immunization Schedules CDC

  • August 1, 2022 - August 1st is World Lung Cancer Day

    World Lung Cancer Day
    Graphic source: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/b4/ba/d0/b4bad07cef8f6633219a97b6296d0e3f--brest-lung-cancer.jpg

    For more information, see Lung Cancer and Smoking

  • August 1, 2022 - Remembering MTV August 1, 1981 (First televised 41 years ago)

    MTV
    Graphic source: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-a0eOWP9wxWo/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAABDJ4/0cM36A0hMG8/s0-c-k-no-ns/photo.jpg

  • August 1, 2022 - August is National Wellness Month

    National Wellness Month
    Graphic source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/2018/07/31/new-month-proclamation-national-wellness-month-august/

  • July 31, 2022 - The Four Seasons

  • July 30, 2022 - What does your Online Image say about you?

    Online Image Data Privacy
    Graphic source: http://c.s-microsoft.com/en-us/CMSImages/data_privacy_day_DPD_2012_Infographic.jpg
  • July 29, 2022 - Chronic Diseases of Lifestyles

    Chronic Disease shared risk factors
    Graphic source: http://www.mrc.ac.za/chronic/schematic.htm
  • July 28, 2022 - Earth Overshoot Day 2022

    Earth Overshoot Day
    Graphic source: https://www.overshootday.org/newsroom/past-earth-overshoot-days/

    Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity's demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. In 2022, Earth Overshoot Day lands on July 28.

  • July 28, 2022 - July 28th is World Hepatitis Day

    World Hepatitis Day
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/Features/WorldHepatitisDay/index.html

    World Hepatitis Day
    Graphic source: http://www.who.int/campaigns/hepatitis-day/2016/messages/en/
    World Hepatitis Day
    Graphic source: http://www.who.int/campaigns/hepatitis-day/2016/messages/en/

  • July 27, 2022 - Sources of Identity Theft

    ID Theft
    Graphic source: http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-our-hunt-for-hackers-reveals-phishing-is-far-deadlier-than-data-breaches/
  • July 26, 2022 - How Galaxies are Classified

    Galaxy Distances
    Graphic source: https://www.space.com/23285-galaxies-classification-type-explainer-infographic.html
  • July 25, 2022 - What Kind of Twitter User Are You?

    Twitter user
    Graphic source: https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/information-visualization-who-needs-it
  • July 24, 2022 - Self-care

    Self-care
    Graphic source: https://www.webmd.com/balance/ss/slideshow-self-care-tips
  • July 23, 2022 - Measuring the Good Life

    Good Life Table
    Graphic source: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/10/29/measuring-the-good-life-around-the-world/
  • July 22, 2022 - Watch 25 Years of Arctic Sea Ice Disappear in 1 Minute

  • July 21, 2022 - What Matters Most to Patients

    What matters most
    Graphic created by bcjung from http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/health_systems_and_services/debunking_common_myths_about_healthcare_consumerism

  • July 20, 2022 - 53rd Anniversary - July 20, 1969

    National Moon Day

    50th Anniversary First Man on the Moon
    Graphic: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-releases-logo-to-mark-apollos-50th-anniversary

    USPS Man on the Moon stamps
    Graphic source: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/the-us-postal-service-is-issuing-first-moon-landing-forever-stamps

    Man on the Moon
    Graphic Source: http://justasmalltowngirlinabigcity.blogspot.com/ 2015_07_01_archive.html

    man on the moon stamp
    Graphic Source: http://nasa-appolo-11.blogspot.com/

  • July 19, 2022 - Moms are source of health information

    Mom as source of health information
    Graphic source: https://www.transamericacenterforhealthstudies.org/docs/default-source/research/healthcare-consumers-in-a-time-of-uncertainty.pdf
  • July 18, 2022 - The Two Epidemics

    Obesity and Diabetes
    Graphic source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2842212/Obesity-costs-global-economy-war-terrorism-totalling-2TRILLION-year.html
  • July 17, 2022 - July 17th is World Emoji Day!

    July 17th is World Emoji Day
    Graphic source: https://vice-images.vice.com/images/content-images-crops/2015/07/17/happy-world-emoji-day-vgtrn-063-body-image-1437149504-size_1000.jpg
  • July 16, 2022 - Remembering John F. Kennedy Jr. Born: November 25, 1960, Washington, D.C. Died: July 16, 1999 (23 years ago today), Martha's Vineyard, MA

    JFK jr
    Graphic source: https://www.eonline.com/news/1001130/inside-the-heartbreakingly-tragic-final-days-of-john-f-kennedy-jr-family-strife-financial-woes-and-talk-of-divorce
  • July 15, 2022 - Where do people go online to look for health information?

    Online Health Information Sources
    Graphic source: https://www.transamericacenterforhealthstudies.org/docs/default-source/research/healthcare-consumers-in-a-time-of-uncertainty.pdf
  • July 14, 2022 - There's no place for lies on a resume

    Resume Lies
    Graphic source: http://www.clark.com/worst-resume-lies
    Seriousness of Resume Lies
    Graphic source: http://www.clark.com/worst-resume-lies
  • July 13, 2022 - National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

    National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
    Graphic source: https://livingresilientlyblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/10/its-national-minority-mental-health/

    For more information, see Minority Mental Health Awareness Month - July

  • July 12, 2022 July 12-18, 2022 is World Mask Week #WorldMaskWeek

    World Mask Week
    Graphic source: https://pandemicactionnetwork.org/press-release/world-mask-week-aims-to-inspire-global-movement-to-wear-face-coverings-in-public-to-help-stem-exponential-spread-of-covid19/

    For more info: World Mask Week

  • World Mask Week aims to inspire global movement to wear face coverings in public to help stem exponential spread of COVID-19

  • July 12, 2022 - Where do people go off-line to get health information?

    Offline Health Information Sources
    Graphic source: https://www.transamericacenterforhealthstudies.org/docs/default-source/research/healthcare-consumers-in-a-time-of-uncertainty.pdf
  • July 11, 2022 - Tracking Awareness Week: July 11-15, 2022

    Tracking Awareness Week
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/tracking/taw.html

    Environmental Tracking
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/tracking/BetterInfoBetterHealth.htm

    CDC's National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program is hosting the sixth annual Tracking Awareness Week from July 12-16, 2021. CDC, state and local health departments, partners, researchers, and people interested in environmental health are coming together to highlight important nationwide environmental health issues as well as recognize the work of the Tracking Program.

    The theme of this year's Tracking Awareness Week is Powered by Tracking. This theme will highlight unique data and tools on the Tracking Network that lead to public health action. Tracking is more than data! This theme will also highlight the network of people and partners that power the Tracking Network, and their contributions to creating healthier communities.

    Tracking Awareness Week - July 12-16, 2021

  • July 11, 2022- Visual Treat

  • July 10, 2022 - July 10th is National Kitten Day

    National kitty day

    National Kitten Day

  • July 9, 2022 - NASA Astrophysics

  • July 8, 2022 - Diabetes

     Diabetes Health Effects
    Graphic source: https://storify.com/APHA/diabetes-month

    Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
    Graphic source: https://storify.com/APHA/diabetes-month

    A1c
    Graphic source: https://storify.com/APHA/diabetes-month >

    A1c
    Graphic source: https://storify.com/APHA/diabetes-month

  • July 7, 2021 - Monkeypox

    As of June 26, 2022, there were over 4,000 cases globally.

    Monkeypox
    Graphic source: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/explainer-what-to-know-about-monkeypox/
  • July 7, 2022 - Health Information Sources

    Health Information Sources
    Graphic source: https://www.transamericacenterforhealthstudies.org/docs/default-source/research/healthcare-consumers-in-a-time-of-uncertainty.pdf
  • July 6, 2022 - What People Do to Manage Stress?

    Stress Management Activities
    Graphic source: https://www.transamericacenterforhealthstudies.org/docs/default-source/research/healthcare-consumers-in-a-time-of-uncertainty.pdf
  • July 5, 2022 - Why American Adults Save Money

    Reasons for saving
    Graphic source: https://www.marketingcharts.com/customer-centric/spending-trends-81481/attachment/yougov-why-american-adults-save-money-dec2017
  • July 4, 2022 - Happy 246th Birthday, America!

    Source: https://twitter.com/NIMHgov/status/1410944251223937025

    July 4, 2021 DC Fireworks

    2021 DC fireworks

    2021 DC fireworks

    Lotsafireworks
    Graphic source: https://giphy.com/gifs/26tOZ42Mg6pbTUPHW/download

    Statute of Liberty and Fireworks

    Patch Fireworks - static

    US Census - 13 Colonies
    Graphic source: https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/2021/comm/fourth-of-july.html

    Patriotic cat
    Graphic source: WP FactChecker

    Mickey Happy 4th

    HB America, eagle
    Graphic source: http://www.texasfred.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Happy-Birthday-America-600x407.jpg

    HB America
    Graphic source: http://www.usa4thofjuly.com/happy-birthday-america-pictures.html/happy-birthday-america-pictures-2

    Happy 4th of July
    Graphic source: http://finkorswim.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/statue.jpg

    animated fireworks
    Graphic source: http://www.popsci.com/fireworks-bring-exhileration-joyand-air-pollution

  • July 3, 2022 - Alcohol and July 4th Car Crashes

    July 4th car crashes
    Graphic source: http://www.richlandhealth.org/upload/images/news/buzzed_halfjuly4_v7.jpg
  • July 3, 2022 - July 3rd is Global Interdependence Day!

    Global Interdependence Day
    Graphic source: https://www.makegoodtogether.com/global

    A day to celebrate our togetherness.
    If there is anything we've learned over the past year it is that we are unquestionably connected. There are millions of people across the globe who are taking action to prioritize the health and well-being of the entire global Human Family. #GlobalInterdependenceDay is a day to acknowledge and celebrate our togetherness. Together, we can elevate and amplify the actions of those trying to create a better tomorrow.

  • July 2, 2022 - July is National Fireworks Safety Month!

    Fireworks Safety Month
    Graphic source: https://onsafety.cpsc.gov/blog/2015/06/26/dont-let-fun-with-fireworks-turn-tragic/

    Firework injuries
    Graphic source: https://safety.smart911.com/top-5-fireworks-safety-tips/

    Fireworks not for everyone

    PTSD and fireworks

  • July 2, 2022 - Remembering the Solar eclipse of 2019: A RARE total eclipse will blot out the Sun over parts of South America and the Pacific

    Eclipse's path
    Graphic source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_July_2,_2019

    July 2, 2019
    Graphic Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_July_2,_2019

    What is an eclipse
    Graphic source: https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1146535/Eclipse-2019-totality-how-long-solar-eclipse-last-where-is-path-of-totality

    Solar eclipse 2019: A total eclipse of the Sun will occur on July 2, 2019 (Image: GETTY)

    Total Eclipse July 2, 2019
    Graphic source: https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1146632/Solar-eclipse-2019-when-is-next-solar-eclipse-UK-next-eclipse-date

    Solar eclipse 2019: The eclipse happens when the Moon blots out the Sun in the sky (Image: GETTY)

    Total Eclipse July 2, 2019
    Graphic source: https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1146632/Solar-eclipse-2019-when-is-next-solar-eclipse-UK-next-eclipse-date

  • July 1, 2022 - COVID-19 Update.

    As of July 1, 2022, we are still in pandemic mode, since March 11, 2020, when WHO declared the pandemic. COVID-19 has shown no signs of abating, as it comes in surges. Epidemiologists are trying to determine if there is any seasonality to the surges, although it looks like it is too soon to tell. We are in an Omicron sub-variant surge right now with several BA.2 sub-variants and BA.4 and BA.5 are rising, which may cause a surge in the fall.

    July 1, 2022 - How do key COVID-19 metrics compare to previous waves?

    COVID Waves
    Graphic source: https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/us-covid-cases-hospital-icu-deaths?country=~USA

    The way I see it, unless new cases consistently drop over time, we are not in control. While fewer people are dying or being hospitalized, this does not mean the virus is dying out. An explanation for fewer deaths and hospitalizations is there are more people vaccinated now than a year ago. However, there is still not enough people who are fully protected to prevent the virus from finding a home in unprotected or unvaccinated people. And, as long as the virus can infect someone, it will replicate and mutate, which is exactly what it is doing quite proficiently.

    Although most of the preventive practices have fallen apart because various entities have decided to drop the mandates either through declaring they are no longer necessary, or by default by not enforcing such measures as masking, social distancing, requiring proof of testing negative or proof of vaccinations. According to a June 10, 2022 US News and World Report article, 2/3s of Americans should be wearing masks because of high community spread. (https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2022-06-10/cdc-67-of-americans-should-be-wearing-masks-indoors-or-considering-it)

    Those who continue to suffer are the millions who are immunocomromised with pre-existing conditions for which there is no cure, thus, leaving these people vulnerable to infection, hospitalization and death. Researchers have found that infected immunocomprised people are ideal for COVID-19 mutations.

    Data sources for COVID-19 metrics have fallen apart from entities not consistently reporting on new cases, hospitalizations and deaths. The CDC recommendation to check community spread to determine just how safe it is to go without preventive measures is laughable when the data are incomplete, underreported, or not reported all. No one is sure how many tests are being done as the use of home-testing is not tracked in any consistent manner. The most current map provided shows that only 2.17% of the U.S. has low transmission, yet not everyone is masked or social distancing. People are out socializing in crowded indoor venues.

    June 25, 2022

    June 25, 2022 Community Transmission
    Graphic source: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view?list_select_state=all_states&list_select_county=all_counties&data-type=Risk

    The emphasis on the use of wastewater surveillance methods is promising, but the data collected are not appropriately analyzed to yield actionable findings. The CDC's Web site (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#wastewater-surveillance) provides a map plotting wastewater data sources, a recently added wastewater metric chart and a list of the results from these sources. None really useful for the average citizen to use to determine how bad COVID-19 is spreading in a particular community.

    However, CDC selected Biobot Analytics to "Expand National Wastewater Monitoring" in May 2022, and the data presentations on The Biobot Network of Wastewater Treatment Plants have been very useful (https://biobot.io/press-release/u-s-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-selects-biobot-analytics-to-expand-national-wastewater-monitoring/), judging by the number of likes my tweets of these data have been, which show how regional analyses can really help communities see if they have high community spread, and if they are worse off than other communities.

    June 25, 2022

    Wastewater biobot analysis
    Source: https://biobot.io/data/

    U.S. vaccination rates have been dismal, and how these data are reported can be deceptive. For example, citing statistics for "at least one shot" may yield the highest percentage possible, but is meaningless in terms of assessing the impact of vaccination against COVID-19, as one shot IS NOT PROTECTIVE against COVID-19.

    Furthermore, with the rise of numerous subvariants, boosters have become necessary. Although at this point it is not clear how many boosters will be needed, the frequency of boosters, and for whom. Thus, another misnomer that confuses the proper presentation of vaccination rates is referring to the original two-shot series (for PFizer and Moderna) or one shot (Johnson & Johnson) as "Fully vaccinated." Though it may be true, at the time, that the hope would be getting these initial shots would do the trick, it has turned out not to be case. Now, some have referred to the original vaccinations as the primary series, although no entity has bothered to clarify this to the public and the CDC still presents data for the two-series or one-shot J&J as "Fully vaccinated."

    As of June 26, 2022, CDC still reports "At least one dose" (78.1%), "Fully Vaccinated" (66.9%), "First Booster Dose" (67.1%), "Second Booster Dose" for Population ≥ 50 Years of Age (26.1%), and for Population ≥ 65 Years of Age (32.7%). In the end, the percentage of the US population that can be considered fully protected is between 26.1% and 32.7%, or the number of people who actually got all the shots they were supposed to get, once the vaccine doses became available. Given how low the percentage is for the fully protected, vaccinations have been shown to reduce hospitalizations and mortality. One can only wonder how much better things could be if more people get fully vaccinated, and thus become fully protected.

    June 24, 2022

    CDC Vaccinations

    Part of the problem for these low rates had to do when the Supreme Court ruled in January 2022 that large companies with many employees cannot mandate the vaccinations of their workers. It basically overstepped as the federal government already has an oversight agency to deal with the health and safety of workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). As a result of this decision, ALL people working for large companies were at risk for getting infected in the workplace. Terrible decision that it should not have made. (https://law.stanford.edu/2022/01/20/a-look-at-the-supreme-court-ruling-on-vaccination-mandates/)

    The nomenclature imposed by the World Health Organization to identify COVID-19 variants and subvariants have not been useful and confusing. WHO dropping two Greek letters for unexplained reasons (some have alluded to political correctness) made little scientific sense.

    Variant names
    Graphic source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/2/2/omicron-sub-variant-found-in-57-countries-says-who

    The use of Greek letters to name variants has not been specific enough to deal with the numerous subvariants that have emerged with the Omicron variant. Currently, the world has been dealing with a number of subvariants. According to GISAID's genomic sequencing, the number of Omicron subvariants continue to grow, but are all referred to as Omicron even though all have distinguishing characteristics and differ in how transmissible they are and how different groups of people respond differently to the sub-variants.

    June 21, 2022

    Omicron Subvariants
    Source: GISAID

    We still don't know who Patient Zero is. China has not been cooperative with WHO investigations. The predominately theory is still animal spillover at a wet market, but still no definitive animal has been identified. Unless something definitive comes up, the only "sure" explanation right now is the report that the pandemic started on November 17, 2019 and a 55 year old (no gender given) Hubei resident may be the index case.

    The death toll from COVID-19 for the U.S. reached one million in early May 2022, approximately May 5, 2022, or so. The U.S., has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world.

    May 5, 2022

    NBC - US - 1 million deaths

    Preliminary 2021 statistics show that COVID-19 was either 1st, 2nd or 4th cause of death, depending on age group.

    COVID as cause of death
    Source: https://www.statnews.com/2022/05/10/the-five-pandemics-driving-1-million-u-s-covid-deaths/

    In January 2022, more people age 15 and older died of COVID-19 than cancer.

    COVID deaths
    Source: https://www.healthsystemtracker.org/brief/covid-19-leading-cause-of-death-ranking/

    In August 2021, COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in the U.S.

    Leading causes of death
    Graphic source: https://www.healthsystemtracker.org/brief/covid-19-continues-to-be-a-leading-cause-of-death-in-the-u-s-in-august-2021/

    Last year, 600,000 deaths were reached on June 16, 2021. As of July 1, 2021, Biden's hope for 70% of the population to have at least one shot (even though Pfizer and Moderna require 2 shots for full protected) is being dashed as vaccination has come to almost a standstill in many counties with low vaccination rates.

    If you think of March 11, 2020 as the start of the pandemic in the U.S., (when WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic), it's been 16 months with no end in sight. Vaccinations have been slowing down in recent months in the U.S., and many countries are slow in general vaccinating their citizens. Tokyo is still holding the Olympics even though surveys of Japanese citizens say they don't want it. It all comes down to money. If Japan pulls out now, it will cost the country millions.

    As of July 1, 2021, 47.7% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated. If you look at only U.S. adults, it's 57%, so still not the proverbial 70% (but may need to be higher, depending on how bad the variants are in transmitting the virus) for herd immunity.

    Efforts to get people vaccinated include offering free food and drinks, free trips and a chance to win big playing the lottery. There are reports that people would get the shot if they got paid $100. How avaricious people have become! Like, doing it because it's the right thing to do is no longer in the equation! This goes along with the reports of skepticism over why are people being bribed to get vaccinated? What a crazy world!

    Masking continue to be an issue with some, especially after Rochelle Walensky added to the confusion why saying those vaccinated can rip off their masks. Some posit that it has become a social class thing where the rich don't need to wear masks and the working class do. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/03/style/are-masks-a-new-signifier-of-social-class.html

    I reminded people about the October 2020 White House superspreader event where many were infected for not wearing a mask. (https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-hope-hicks-test-positive-covid-19-doubters-become-possible-ncna1241934; https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/06/politics/white-house-contact-tracing/index.html; https://media11.s-nbcnews.com/i/MSNBC/Components/Video/202010/nn_pal_white_house_contact_tracing_201002_1920x1080.jpg) and, that vaccinations are protecting the vaccinated from getting infected (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-28/vaccinated-attendees-west-hoxton-birthday-party-avoid-covid-19/100249612)

    Feb 14, Mar 14

    July 1st. vaccinations

    How long wearing masks

    India Variant
    Graphic source: https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/02/health/us-coronavirus-friday/index.html

    July 7, 2021
    July 7, 2021
    Graphic source: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/coronavirus-map-confirmed-cases-2020-n1120686

    July 7, 2021
    July 7, 2021
    Graphic source: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/coronavirus-map-confirmed-cases-2020-n1120686

    June 16, 2021 - US - 600,000 deaths from COVID-19

    US death pace
    Graphic source: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/06/16/world/covid-vaccine-coronavirus-mask

    Who's dying
    Graphic source: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/06/16/world/covid-vaccine-coronavirus-mask

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    COVID variants

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