The Vitalyst Spark Podcast

Ep. 28 COVID-19 Roundtable Update - 12/21


elcome to the final Vitalyst Spark podcast of 2020. We are finishing this year with our 20th COVID-19 Roundtable just after Emergency Use Authorization for a second vaccine from Moderna. It also arrives among very long shadows cast by record high new daily and weekly case counts, record high hospitalizations, and unthinkable numbers of deaths. The U.S. is experiencing fatality rates that are equivalent to or greater than a daily 9/11. Some realities of how we are handling this pandemic have become maddeningly frustrating. Meanwhile, other realities have to be acknowledged as part of a learning curve. And still others – like getting two highly effective vaccines developed in less than a year – are to be celebrated. We’re going to touch on all three of those realities in today’s discussion. What can you do this holiday season? Enjoy it. Safely. That means not only should you wash up, mask up, and keep a heads up for your fellow Arizonans out there. It also means that we’ve got to slow down the spread. And that means that we all need to shrink our circle. The more people we bump into, the more chance there is for COVID-19 to spread. It’s that simple, so please: be COVID smart. The capacity of our health care system to care for our fellow Arizonans is at stake. The well-being of our frontline health care workers is at stake. The lives of so many Arizonans are too. Do you part. Shrink your circle of contact. Be COVID smart. Alright, let’s get to it. It’s time to talk about the numbers, health care capacity, front line worker burnout, contact tracing, state metrics for businesses and schools, vaccines, the powers of science, the media, and more… as of December 21, 2020.

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