Today’s COVID-19 Cases vs. Deaths

The news is really pumping up rising cases and highlighting the dreaded Delta Variant of SARS-CoV-2. We keep hearing about the “pandemic of the unvaccinated”, the Delta variant is causing more hospitalizations, and confirmed cases are rising so we need to mask up and socially distance again. Here is a tale of two maps in the Wall Street Journal today. The data is updated as of July 26, 2021 at 6:03 am.

One map shows rapidly rising cases in some southern states including Florida. And that’s the map they show you first.

But, a quick click on “New Deaths” (this would pre-suppose you could have old deaths or repeat deaths) and it’s quite clear very few are dying from these “new infections”. Florida is deep dark red in new cases but totally white in deaths. What is the full story on this stupid virus?

Are the vaccines effective? Has SARS-CoV-2 mutated to a benign virus? Are treatments better now? What is the real deal here?