It is crucial that people in Frederick County get vaccinated as soon as possible. To help achieve this goal, The Frederick News-Post should expand its “COVID-19 Frederick County by the Numbers” dashboard by breaking out hospitalizations, ICU and death totals into two numbers each: those who were vaccinated, and those who weren’t. This data should be available.

My hypothesis is that coronavirus hospitalizations, ICU patients and deaths will be overwhelmingly skewed towards people who weren’t vaccinated.

If my theory is correct, then the expanded dashboard will be a stark reminder of the efficacy of the vaccines — and will help combat vaccine complacency.

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petersamuel

Yes, many of the terms used in counting and reporting covid-19 are meaningless. Cases so-called are cases of a level of infection detected in a test, which depend in part on how widespread that infection is, but also how many people are getting tested, on how readily tests are available, and on how much demand there is for tests, all of with vary greatly over time. Cases by itself is also uninformative about the seriousness of the pandemic because it fails to measure the seriousness of the condition as a symptomatic disease. An infection is bad only to the extent it generates symptoms or damage to health. An infection without symptoms (asymptomatic) is good. It is one more person now with a natural immunity. The case positivity rate too is subject to multiple influences. As often interpreted or implied a rise in positivity can mean the infection has gotten more widespread. But it can also mean fewer employers or service providers or family and friends are urging people to be tested, and so more of those going for tests actually need tests because they have some of the symptoms -- in which case the positivity trend says nothing about the trend of infection. Mr Coldren is correct. Worth counting are the clearer measures -- hospitalizations, intensive care cases and deaths. As well as vaccinations. Vaccinations actually work, unlike lockdowns, distancing, masks, home confinement and all the rest of the so-called 'public health' peddled by ridiculous celebrities such as Doctors Fauci and Walensky.

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