Kansas City Navigates COVID Forever

The U.S. COVID news is out there but nobody is listening.

Masks are a rarity this Summer and prevention or precautions seem to be a distant memory for most of the populace. 

Meanwhile . . . The ominous stats no longer seem to scare the public.

In fact . . . "High" rankings for local counties didn't merit anything more or less than a shrug from most news watchers. 

Here's a peek at more deets on the data . . .

Wyandotte County rose from “medium” to “high” in just the last week, aftering jumping from 206 cases last week to 377 cases this week. Jackson County also remains at a “high” community level of COVID-19.

That means the CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors regardless of your vaccination status, maintaining good ventilation and getting up to date on your vaccines and boosters Johnson County has remained at “low” community level since last week. This means that care for COVID-19 is easily accessible and strict precautions are not required, according to the CDC.

And so . . .

We share more info as the ENDEMIC virus doesn't seem to be fading from anything but the minds of local residents.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

Wyandotte County adds more than 170 new COVID-19 cases, precautions urged in Kansas City

COVID-19 case numbers are beginning to decrease in parts of the Kansas City area, however Wyandotte County saw a sharp rise over the last week. While hospitalizations remain steady and cases continue to trend downward throughout most of the metro.

Further reading . . .

CDC no longer requires unvaccinated to quarantine after being exposed to COVID

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its COVID-19 guidance Thursday to ease recommendations for people who are unvaccinated and have been exposed to COVID-19. Previously, the CDC advised that people who were unvaccinated or hadn't received their booster shots should quarantine for five days after exposure.

New CDC Covid-19 Quarantine Guidelines Viewed As 'Giving Up' On Pandemic Response

The more transmissible BA.5 Omicron subvariant is still spreading. The U.S. has been having an average of 42,816 Covid-19-related hospitalizations and 490 Covid-19-related deaths a day, according to the New York Times , and who knows how many new cases of long Covid a day.

With new guidance, CDC ends test-to-stay for schools and relaxes COVID rules

With the coronavirus continuing to spread widely throughout the country, Americans are getting new advice from federal health officials on how to live with the virus. The revised guidance - released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday - lifts the requirement to quarantine if exposed to the virus, deemphasizes screening people with no symptoms and updates COVID-19 protocols in schools, eliminating a recommendation for test-to-stay after potential exposure.

CDC ends recommendations for social distancing and quarantine for Covid-19 control, no longer recommends test-to-stay in schools | CNN

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the nation should move away from restrictive measures such as quarantines and social distancing and focus on reducing severe disease from Covid-19.

C.D.C. Eases Covid Guidelines, Noting Virus Is 'Here to Stay'

The new guidelines eliminate quarantines and put less emphasis on social distancing, routine surveillance testing and contact tracing. Send any friend a story As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Anyone can read what you share.

2 reasons why China is still in lockdowns, more than 2 years after the pandemic started - and what it'll take for life to go back to normal

More than two years into the pandemic, parts of China are still in and out of COVID-19 lockdowns. The prolonged restrictions are taking their toll on China's economy and spilling over globally. China faces elderly vaccine hesitancy and the lack of a domestic mRNA vaccine to exit its COVID-19 stance.

CDC's new Covid guidelines are intended to keep kids in school

Students can stay in their classroom this fall if they've been exposed to Covid, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday in an updated guidance.

You decide . . .