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The city will soon start paying New Yorkers $100 to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, Mayor de Blasio announced Wednesday while fending off a call from the federal government to immediately reinstate an indoor mask mandate amid a resurgence in COVID-19 infections.

The currency-inducing coronavirus shots will start Friday at all city-run vaccination sites for those who can show proof of New York residence or employment, de Blasio said.“When you get your first dose, you will get a $100 incentive,” the mayor said in his daily briefing. “It does not get better than that.”

The money will be issued in pre-paid debit cards that can either be emailed to recipients in digital form or mailed in physical form to their homes, according to Rachel Loeb, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which is handling the logistics of the payouts.The financial incentive is the latest effort by de Blasio to boost vaccination rates and comes on the heels of him mandating that all city municipal workers get their shots or submit to weekly testing or risk being suspended without pay this fall.The city has struggled to increase inoculation rates, with more than 40% of the total population still unvaccinated.At the same time, the extremely contagious delta variant of COVID-19 is causing a slow but steady surge in coronavirus cases across New York.The city’s seven-day average test positivity rate reached 2.55% on Wednesday, the highest in months, while another 108 people were admitted to hospitals for COVID-19, according to Health Department data.

Other states are seeing even more dire coronavirus outbreaks, driving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to drop new guidelines Tuesday recommending that any parts of the U.S. with “high or substantial” COVID-19 transmissibility rates reinstate face mask mandates for all public indoor settings, regardless of people’s vaccination status.

Even though all five boroughs of the city fall within the “high or substantial” transmissibility bracket, de Blasio said in Wednesday’s briefing that he’s not pulling the trigger on reintroducing mandatory indoor masking just yet.“We are assessing the new information from the CDC right now. We got it less than 24 hours ago, and it is complicated information so our health team is reviewing it,” he said. “We’ll have more to say on it in the next few days.”

Local public health experts have called on de Blasio for weeks to reintroduce mandatory indoor masking, citing the delta variant’s disproportionate ability to infect vaccinated individuals who can then unknowingly spread it.But de Blasio has maintained that he wants to prioritize vaccinations above mitigation tactics, arguing it would be unfair to make inoculated New Yorkers wear masks again simply to protect those who are refusing to get their shots.

De Blasio demurred when asked Wednesday if the new monetary incentive is unfair to New Yorkers who got vaccinated months ago without any perks.“Congratulations, you got vaccinated. You were protected from COVID. It was free. It was the right thing to do for yourself, for your family, for your community,” he said. “You did the right thing and the reward is you were kept safe, and you’re alive because of it.”

De Blasio’s foot-dragging on masking aggravated lawmakers who are saying the city can reintroduce indoor masking and focus on boosting vaccination rates at the same time.“We need the State and City to issue clear guidance *today* for NYers to wear masks in indoor public places,” tweeted Manhattan Councilmember Mark Levine, who chairs the Council’s Health Committee. “We can’t afford any further delay.”Levine’s sentiment was shared by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, President Biden’s CDC director, who said in an interview Wednesday that a combination of indoor masking and vaccination efforts could quickly bring the country’s recent delta spike under control.

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A new report out today, written up by the Atlantic, suggests that nearly half of all COVID hospitalizations are, in reality, patients who found out they had COVID after they were admitted for something else or only had mild symptoms:

JUST IN – NEW NATIONWIDE U.S. “STUDY SUGGESTS THAT ROUGHLY HALF OF ALL THE HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS SHOWING UP ON COVID-DATA DASHBOARDS IN 2021 MAY HAVE BEEN ADMITTED FOR ANOTHER REASON ENTIRELY.”HTTPS://T.CO/ID2JYKICFF

— DISCLOSE.TV (@DISCLOSETV) SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

Here’s more from the Atlantic:

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE SENSE OF THE NUMBER OF COVID HOSPITALIZATIONS AT ANY GIVEN TIME, YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW SICK EACH PATIENT ACTUALLY IS. UNTIL NOW, THAT’S BEEN ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO SUSS OUT. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REQUIRES HOSPITALS TO REPORT EVERY PATIENT WHO TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID, YET THE OVERALL TALLIES OF COVID HOSPITALIZATIONS, MADE AVAILABLE ON VARIOUS STATE AND FEDERAL DASHBOARDS AND WIDELY REPORTED ON BY THE MEDIA, DO NOT DIFFERENTIATE BASED ON SEVERITY OF ILLNESS. SOME PATIENTS NEED EXTENSIVE MEDICAL INTERVENTION, SUCH AS GETTING INTUBATED. OTHERS REQUIRE SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN OR ADMINISTRATION OF THE STEROID DEXAMETHASONE. BUT THERE ARE MANY COVID PATIENTS IN THE HOSPITAL WITH FAIRLY MILD SYMPTOMS, TOO, WHO HAVE BEEN ADMITTED FOR FURTHER OBSERVATION ON ACCOUNT OF THEIR COMORBIDITIES, OR BECAUSE THEY REPORTED FEELING SHORT OF BREATH. ANOTHER PORTION OF THE PATIENTS IN THIS TALLY ARE IN THE HOSPITAL FOR SOMETHING UNRELATED TO COVID, AND DISCOVERED THAT THEY WERE INFECTED ONLY BECAUSE THEY WERE TESTED UPON ADMISSION. HOW MANY PATIENTS FALL INTO EACH CATEGORY HAS BEEN A TOPIC OF MUCH SPECULATION. IN AUGUST, RESEARCHERS FROM HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL, TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER, AND THE VETERANS AFFAIRS HEALTHCARE SYSTEM DECIDED TO FIND OUT.

RESEARCHERS HAVE TRIED TO GET AT SIMILAR QUESTIONS BEFORE. FOR TWO SEPARATE STUDIES PUBLISHED IN MAY, DOCTORS IN CALIFORNIA READ THROUGH SEVERAL HUNDRED CHARTS OF PEDIATRIC PATIENTS, ONE BY ONE, TO FIGURE OUT WHY, EXACTLY, EACH COVID-POSITIVE CHILD HAD BEEN ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL. DID THEY NEED TREATMENT FOR COVID, OR WAS THERE SOME OTHER REASON FOR ADMISSION, LIKE CANCER TREATMENT OR A PSYCHIATRIC EPISODE, AND THE COVID DIAGNOSIS WAS MERELY INCIDENTAL? ACCORDING TO THE RESEARCHERS, 40 TO 45 PERCENT OF THE HOSPITALIZATIONS THAT THEY EXAMINED WERE FOR PATIENTS IN THE LATTER GROUP.

THE AUTHORS OF THE PAPER OUT THIS WEEK TOOK A DIFFERENT TACK TO ANSWER A SIMILAR QUESTION, THIS TIME FOR ADULTS. INSTEAD OF METICULOUSLY LOOKING AT WHY A FEW HUNDRED PATIENTS WERE ADMITTED TO A PAIR OF HOSPITALS, THEY ANALYZED THE ELECTRONIC RECORDS FOR NEARLY 50,000 COVID HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS AT THE MORE THAN 100 VA HOSPITALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEN THEY CHECKED TO SEE WHETHER EACH PATIENT REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN OR HAD A BLOOD OXYGEN LEVEL BELOW 94 PERCENT. (THE LATTER CRITERION IS BASED ON THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH DEFINITION OF “SEVERE COVID.”) IF EITHER OF THESE CONDITIONS WAS MET, THE AUTHORS CLASSIFIED THAT PATIENT AS HAVING MODERATE TO SEVERE DISEASE; OTHERWISE, THE CASE WAS CONSIDERED MILD OR ASYMPTOMATIC.

THE STUDY FOUND THAT FROM MARCH 2020 THROUGH EARLY JANUARY 2021—BEFORE VACCINATION WAS WIDESPREAD, AND BEFORE THE DELTA VARIANT HAD ARRIVED—THE PROPORTION OF PATIENTS WITH MILD OR ASYMPTOMATIC DISEASE WAS 36 PERCENT. FROM MID-JANUARY THROUGH THE END OF JUNE 2021, HOWEVER, THAT NUMBER ROSE TO 48 PERCENT. IN OTHER WORDS, THE STUDY SUGGESTS THAT ROUGHLY HALF OF ALL THE HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS SHOWING UP ON COVID-DATA DASHBOARDS IN 2021 MAY HAVE BEEN ADMITTED FOR ANOTHER REASON ENTIRELY, OR HAD ONLY A MILD PRESENTATION OF DISEASE.

THIS INCREASE WAS EVEN BIGGER FOR VACCINATED HOSPITAL PATIENTS, OF WHOM 57 PERCENT HAD MILD OR ASYMPTOMATIC DISEASE. BUT UNVACCINATED PATIENTS HAVE ALSO BEEN SHOWING UP WITH LESS SEVERE SYMPTOMS, ON AVERAGE, THAN EARLIER IN THE PANDEMIC: THE STUDY FOUND THAT 45 PERCENT OF THEIR CASES WERE MILD OR ASYMPTOMATIC SINCE JANUARY 21. ACCORDING TO SHIRA DORON, AN INFECTIOUS-DISEASE PHYSICIAN AND HOSPITAL EPIDEMIOLOGIST AT TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER, IN BOSTON, AND ONE OF THE STUDY’S CO-AUTHORS, THE LATTER FINDING MAY BE EXPLAINED BY THE FACT THAT UNVACCINATED PATIENTS IN THE VACCINE ERA TEND TO BE A YOUNGER COHORT WHO ARE LESS VULNERABLE TO COVID AND MAY BE MORE LIKELY TO HAVE BEEN INFECTED IN THE PAST.

Color me shocked that COVID hospitalizations might only be half as much as being claimed. It sounds similar to what we saw last year in the conflated tallies of those who died “because of COVID” versus those who died “with COVID”.

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