The impact of the coronavirus on Americans could drop dramatically by this summer, but only under certain conditions.
The Associated Press is reporting that experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are predicting the decline by the end of July, but warn of a possible stumbling block: if those who remain unvaccinated don’t wash their hands, wear a mask and maintain social distance.
According to the CDC, the current rate of 350,000 new cases a week could skid down to 50,000 a week.
At the same time, hospitalizations could go from 35,000 a week to less than 1,000 and deaths from 4,000 to fewer than 300.
“We are not out of the woods yet,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, “but we are very close.”
News: Facebook still closed to Donald Trump
The banning of former President Donald Trump from Facebook has been upheld by an oversight board at the social media network. The panel ruled that Trump’s postings incited violence and played a part in the Jan. 6 attack and riot at the nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6.
According to the AP, the ban may not be permanent. The board agreed that Trump violated Facebook’s terms of service, but opened the possibility of re-instating him at a later date.
Trump replied by terming bans by Facebook, Twitter and Google to be “a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our country.”
Business: Peleton walks backwards
The treadmill manufacturer Peleton now has agreed to recall many of its motorized exercise devices and on Wednesday issued an apology for its battle against efforts by the federal government to pull the products from the market.
According to USA Today, the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced recalls of the Peloton Tread+ and Tread treadmills, which together number over 126,000.
Dozens of reports have been submitted telling of people, pets and objects “being pulled under the rear of the treadmill.” At least 29 children have been injured and one fatality has been claimed. Owners of those products are advised to stop using them and to apply for a full refund.
Another split decision: Reversing Tuesday’s outcome, two of the three major stock markets showed growth. The Dow rose by 97.31 points to 34,230.34, and the S&P 500 was up 2.93 points to 4,167.59 points. The Nasdaq tumbled 51.08 points to 13,582.42.
Sports: Chiefs the best, Rams 4th?
Sports Illustrated today launched its Power Rankings, and has the Kansas City Chiefs at the top spot. The rest of the top five includes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Buffalo Bills, the Los Angeles Rams and Baltimore Ravens.
The next five is the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks. Who’s ranked at the bottom? The Carolina Panthers. Oh, by the way, the Los Angeles Chargers are rated 14th.
- Chicago Cubs 6, Dodgers 5 (11 innings)
- Tampa Bay Rays 3, Angels 1
- Kings 4, Arizona Coyotes 2
- Ducks 3, St. Louis Blues 2 (SO)
Weather: Cloudy skies for a while
Sunburn easily? The next few days will be good for you, as partly cloudy skies will be above us Thursday through Saturday. Daytime highs will range from 76 degrees to 72 in the West Orange County area. In the coastal Huntington Beach area, daytime temps will be three to five degrees cooler.
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