Let’s appreciate how extraordinary the vaccines are

It’s not hard to paint a bleak picture of America’s battle with COVID-19.

Cases are surging around the country, including in areas that suffered badly during the first wave. Nor is it a mere artifact of better testing; sewage data from Massachusetts, for example, indicates that the actual prevalence of the virus is comparable to where it was in the worst days of April, and still rising. Nationally, deaths have surpassed a quarter of a million, which is likely a significant underestimate. Hospitals are being stressed to the breaking point, and since the current wave is truly national in scope, there’s no way for volunteers to bolster hard-hit areas as so many health care workers from across America did for New York back in the spring.


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