Montgomery County, The Texas Medical Center, and Texas see the largest number of Covid cases so far.
Friday June 20th, we saw the largest number of new Covid cases in Montgomery County, The Texas Medical Center and the State of Texas. We never lowered the baseline infections before the reopening began that was mandated by Governor Abbott. We are seeing the Covid Virus escalate rapidly. The data reported reflects the infections that occurred 1 to 2 weeks ago on Memorial Day weekend, and is not including the most recent infections. With no social distancing by many, and the data from the protests yet to be seen, we are in trouble. We can't wait to see exponential growth of infections before we all start acting together.
In many places mask wear and social distancing has taken on a political tone. Wearing a mask has nothing to do with politics, and all to do with you and your family's health. Shutting the economy down as a tool is not likely going to happen. We should not wait for Politicians to learn that Covid science is real, and that epidemiologist's recommendations from the CDC cannot be ignored. Covid has no political agenda. Only you can act to protect you and your family's health. Please act now!
Wearing a mask is a mild inconvenience and we are all tired of the lockdown. But, failure to wear a mask, and limit contact, and social distancing are the only tools we have left. I fear in the next few weeks we will likely see a much more grim picture. With increasing hospitalizations we will also see the death rate rising again.
More people are dying from the virus in the USA every week, than all of those who died with the 911 attacks.
There is no cure or vaccine and it will probably be next year before one is routinely available.
Stay home if possible, and avoid crowds. When you must go out wear a mask and practice social distancing. Wash your hands after contact. We have a long way to go before we have a cure. We must all work together.
Al Heilman MD
Here is the data: (Click on the pictures and it will take you to the link)
Data from the Texas Medical Center
Graph from The Texas Tribune It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.