Can good news happen in a pandemic?

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An example from the U.S.

Erika Edwards wrote:

There are only three Covid-19 patients at Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital, on Long Island, New York — a far cry from when the hospital, which is part of Northwell Health, had as many as 600 patients during the peak of the pandemic.

All three patients, who are in the intensive care unit, have one thing in common, said Dr. Hugh Cassiere, director of the hospital's critical care services: They're unvaccinated.

The trend appears to be occurring at hospitals nationwide.

"I haven't had anyone that's been fully vaccinated become critically ill," said Dr. Josh Denson, a pulmonary medicine and critical care physician at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans.

It's been the same for Dr. Ken Lyn-Kew, a pulmonologist in the critical care department at Denver's National Jewish Health: "None of our ICU patients has been vaccinated."


Michael Moriarity wrote:
If people simply hear that there are N active covid-19 cases in their area, this won't have any effect on how they view vaccination. On the other hand, if they are told that the vast majority of those cases are unvaccinated people, with a smaller number of single dose cases, and a very small number of fully vaccinated cases, some of them may be persuaded that accepting vaccination is a good idea.

Are you talking about people who simply test positive for covid with a PCR test or people who are actually ill and symptomatic? The former does not necessarily lead to the latter.


Iceland unlocked:

Icelanders will no longer need to wear masks or keep a safe distance from other people as all COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted on Saturday, the country's health minister said on Friday.

The North Atlantic country has generally combated the COVID-19 outbreak well via a rigorous testing and tracing system, but it has instituted lockdown measures several times in the last year to curb infection spikes.

"We are restoring the society we are used to living in and which we have longed for," Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir said.


That is great news for Iceland but the article also states:

The country of 360,000 people has an infection incidence of just 1.6 per 100,000 inhabitants on a two-week average. Only 30 people have died out of a total of 6,637 infections.

It would be wiser to add the caveat that community spread still exists and can still threaten the health or lives of the vulnerable so people should still use personal judgement.