I think. Anyway, looking at the state’s COVID-19 Status Report is always morbidly amusing.
The state reported an additional 13,348 confirmed cases today. That’s the number that the CDC and Johns Hopkins reported as new daily cases. It isn’t.
Georgia actually reported a whopping 12 new cases for today. That’s preliminary of course, and will go up as reports trickle in to DPH. So the CDC will only be inflating our new daily cases report by more than a thousand times.
Speaking of case reports trickling in: I have a date I watch. I started watching it when I noticed the case count for that day still changing months later. That date is July 6, 2020. Today, the count increased by to 5,890.
I ask you: How in the living fuck can reports still be trickling in more than a year and a half later?
About a year ago, I saw some research that found smokers get ChinCOVID at a lower rate than nonsmokers. Georgia happens to track smoking as a co-morbidity, so I’ve been following that, too.
Roughly 18% of Georgians smoke. All things being equal, you might expect that roughly 18% of ChinCOVID cases would be smokers.
Try 5.05%. Smokers are way under-represented.
Turns out nicotine binds to the ACE2 receptors in the lungs. ACE2 is the same one that the SARS-CoV-2 virus tries to attach to. It appears that if the nicotine gets there first, SARS-CoV-2 is SOL. As a retired RN noted the other day, smoking is an ideal aerosol delivery system to the lungs.
A final point. While cases counts are through the roof (highest peak in the “pandemic”, but dropping for the past 18 days), COVID deaths are still at one the lowest rates in the whole thing.
Maybe more people took up smoking.