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News - January 14, 2022

Cody: A 'dramatic and breathtaking explosion' of COVID cases

Coming weeks will be challenging, health leaders say

by Sue Dremann

Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are now seeing more COVID-19 cases than at any other time during the pandemic, health executives told their respective boards of supervisors on Tuesday.

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Posted by TimR
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 13, 2022 at 10:24 pm

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2022 at 7:50 am

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And yet, today's morning news says that looking at sewage shows that the surge is declining. We have reached the peak. That is now good news.

Posted by Chris
a resident of University South
on Jan 14, 2022 at 11:34 am

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More and more big events are being cancelled or performed without audiences - SF Ballet, SF Symphony, Stanford sports. A lot will depend on how people behave in their personal lives.

A few days ago, I saw about 100 people packed together like sardines, waiting to get in Ramen Nagi.

Posted by Hinrich
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 14, 2022 at 7:15 pm

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Wastewater? Is that a reliable indicator? According to the CDC - ‘… it is not possible to reliably and accurately predict the number of infected individuals in a community based on sewage testing’. The panic du jour is made more difficult to understand when the agencies keep throwing fuzzy numbers and outrageous mandates at the public. How many this or that is not important. Omicron, now the most prevalent and least lethal is ‘surging’ but the real question is - and has always been - how many require a doctor’s care and how many required some period of hospitalization. How many deaths? How many “Covid” deaths are complicated by other illnesses - other so-called co-morbidity? Covid test positive but asymptomatic = so what. We are in a prolonged panic (or the authorities and media are) over what is arguably, now, a very serious flu-like phenomena. Everyone should get the shots. Everyone should be informed and everyone should take precautions but the never-ending emergency declarations and damage to everyday life and freedoms has to end. Teachers and students have to get back to work. Everyone needs to get back to work. The charts and graphs presented here just further confuse. The number of positive tests is basically useless information. And, you say the transmission rates in schools is relatively low - relative to what and why is that important? How many are being hospitalized?

Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 16, 2022 at 6:34 pm

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Thank you for this article. The misinformation on Nextdoor is exploding, too. I'm really annoyed since I was censored once for posting something (unrelated to Covid) that was supported by the bulk of mainstream environmental health research and government agencies, just not well-known, others were not censored for posting their totally wrong opinions gleaned from sensationalized news stories and popular misinformation with little to back them up, and here with Covid, the misinformation is just rampant and going unmoderated.

And it's mostly so reasonable-sounding, even using the CDC's own data but misinterpreting it to feed into fears -- the social media companies really must do more than just remove misinformation, I think they have to put a response by a solid source in its place, and even give people a way to dialog, because as we have found from recent years, fact checks do little good if they are removed from the misinformation.

Maybe the Weekly could do a story on the latest local misinformation, with answers?

Posted by Alexian Daugherty
a resident of Los Altos
on Jan 17, 2022 at 4:06 pm

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This update on the spread of Covid is very disturbing and it appears to be a losing battle.

Even Dr. Fauci has resigned himself from offering any optimistic news.

Posted by Darby Hillman
a resident of another community
on Jan 18, 2022 at 9:05 am

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The Omicron variant is spreading rapidly among the younger population and exposure at public schools will inevitably introduce Omicron into family homes regardless of vaccination status.

Best bet is to close down all of the schools until the winter season has passed and proceed from there.

Covid is not picky about who it infects and all large public gatherings including large sporting events, arena concerts, and large-scale theatrical productions) should be placed on sabbatical as well.

Posted by Jennifer Tate
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 18, 2022 at 11:52 am

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Omicron-related Covid is exploding and if some people cannot take the personal responsibility to get fully vaxed, wear face masks at public indoor gatherings, and safe distance themselves, then a return to 2020 restrictive mandates is warranted to protect others.

It's as simple as that.

Posted by Anthony Jeffers
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 18, 2022 at 7:23 pm

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The lingering effects of Long Term COVID is a condition that is rarely being discussed these days.

It can cause disorientation, chronic fatigue, memory loss, shortness of breath, and erectile dysfunction because the circulation system has now been compromised by the coronavirus.

Long Term COVID will be the next hot topic pertaining to Covid-19 and its variants.

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