Monday, July 12, 2021

Will vaccination decide America's economic and political future?

Today’s Morning Musings: Went 🛍🛒at the Sawyer Heights Target yesterday. The parking lot was full. The store was packed. One Target employee told me that 45 people had just entered the store. 

My street,

West 19th Street, in the Houston Heights, also had few available parking spaces and people were strolling along the streets carrying packages.

I decided to dig deeper and see what’s going on. I did not rely on TV media.

The Marist Poll’s America Now conducted June 15-17, 2021 results: “National Outlook Index (NOI) remains at 6.5 out of a maximum top score of 10. As impressions of the jobs market continue to improve, the NOI is bolstered by the best score on the economic index to date. Americans remain upbeat about their personal health and life in their local communities. Americans are less than optimistic about society and government.”

But not all the news is good news. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s July 9, 2021, Media Release, “The United States is fortunate to have highly effective vaccines that are widely available for those aged 12 and up. People who are fully vaccinated are protected from severe disease and death, including from the variants currently circulating in the country such as Delta. People who are not vaccinated remain at risk. Virtually all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are among those who are unvaccinated.”

What are the latest statistics for hospitalizations and death? The number of cases reported to the CDC are climbing. On July 5 (one week ago), the number of cases reported was 11,068. On July 7, the number of cases reported was 20,094. On July 9, the number of cases reported was 26,742. That’s an increase of 15,674 in one week! Luckily, the number of deaths is decreasing. But the added caseload is a stress on hospital staff.

According to this morning’s New York Times Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Sunday that she was concerned that coronavirus variants could derail the global economic recovery and called for an urgent push to deploy vaccines more rapidly around the world.

The latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor reports that 29% of Democrats remain unvaccinated vs. 49% of Republicans; 39% of Democrats are waiting to get vaccinated for various reasons vs. 41% of Republicans; and 12% of Democrats say they are definitely not going to get vaccinated vs. 67% of Republicans.

FACT: The majority of unvaccinated people are Republicans. 

FACT: Unvaccinated people get very sick and often die. 

? If this trend continues, will there be fewer healthy/living Republican shoppers? Fewer Republicans going to work, spending money, shaping the future? voting?