Prez Biden Extends Public Health Emergency: Kansas City COVID Redux?!?

So far, the numbers haven't sparked concern and the public seems to be getting back to normal.

On the horizon, word of widespread sickness and death in China has sparked concerns along with rising confirmed numbers of "variants" in Europe. 

This morning:

Biden administration extends Covid public health emergency as highly infectious omicron XBB.1.5 spreads

Accordingly, here's the local note . . . 

In the three years since, a recorded 2.7 million people have come down with the virus in Kansas and Missouri, and more than 31,000 people have died.

The average life expectancy in the United States dropped to 76.4 in 2021, the lowest since 1996.

Beyond the numbers, Kansas City health officials saw changed approaches to health matters, deteriorating trust in public health agencies, and a burgeoning capacity crisis in area hospitals. The politicization of the pandemic has, at times, hindered their mission to minimize its spread.

Overall, case numbers have leveled off from the worst periods of the pandemic. But with the rise at-home tests, which are not automatically publicly recorded, experts believe the actual case totals may be anywhere from two to five times higher.

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