How many times have we heard the current occupant of the White House claim that we’ve rounded the corner in our battle with Covid-19? Hundreds? Thousands? I don’t know – I sort of tune it out anymore. What I do, though, is look at the case and death statistics daily as reported in the Washington Post Covid-19 tracker. Well, a review of those statistics Monday morning suggests that yes, we have turned the corner – but it appears we’ve turned the corner in the wrong direction.
There are a couple of days each week that tend to be standouts in the data – Mondays tend to be the lowest (or one of the 2 lowest) days with respect to reported deaths and Wednesdays tend to be the highest (or one of the 2 highest) days with respect to reported deaths. So I thought I’d look at Mondays and Wednesdays beginning on Nov. 2 (first Monday in November) to see what’s happening as we go forward. Chose that date because we were told (hundreds of time?) by the current occupant of the White House that we would not hear anything about Covid-19 after Nov. 3 – Election Day. That clearly has not been the case, but it serves as an appropriate starting point. So here’s the reported death numbers on each Monday and Wednesday in November and December, plus the 7 day average on Wednesday each week:
Dates Monday Wednesday 7 Day Average
11/2, 4 450 112 927
11/9, 11 582 1549 1074
11/16, 18 622 1849 1220
11/23, 25 871 2279 1663
11/30, 12/2 1033 2798 1600
12/7, 9 1324 3140 2276
The only “bright” spot is that the 7 day average following the Thanksgiving Holiday was down a scosh – a result of reduced reportings during the 4 day weekend.
Yep, corner turned – toward greater numbers of dead Americans. Thanks, “President” Trump. Now, YOU LOST. GET THE HELL OUT OF OUR WHITE HOUSE.