Gazette Plague Edition

Updated 28 October AS LV, being 2021 by the Gregorian reckoning.

Trigger Warning: this page presents information
that may disturb some readers, but is true nonetheless.

Some of you may find this refreshing, while a few of you may doubt that things are not as bad as you have been led to believe, but here it is, from the CDC website:  

Illness due to SARS Covid-2 has afflicted 13% of the US population to date.  That’s around one in seven Americans, regardless of age. 

Death due to SARS Covid-2 has occurred in 1.62% of reported cases in the US, or less than 0.14 per cent of the US population at large.  That’s just over one in 444 Americans, with or without vaccinations, and with or without masks.

Thus, you have an 87% chance of not acquiring an infection at all, and a 98.4% chance of surviving the illness if you do get sick.

The SCA’s Board of Directors have issued guidelines for reasonably normal activity, and these have been ratified by the Meridian Kingdom Seneschal, the current Crown, and the Current Heirs.  The link to this document is CovidSafe Policy Resolution, so read it, know it, and live it.

It is worth noting that the State of Alabama and that part of Meridies that is in the State of Florida are by law not permitted to require proof of vaccination for event attendance.  That means that your honor and the value of your word is more important than ever before.  DO NOT attend SCA activities if you are ill.  If you are found to have a fever with respiratory symptoms you will be asked to leave, for the safety of all.

For this update, the reported incidence of SARS-Covid 2 infections, hospitalizations and deaths are universally down for the last seven days.  The blue numbers on the map at left represent the percentage by  which infections have allegedly fallen.  The percentage of population who are fully vaccinated has greatly improved of late, hovering at or above 50% for most counties in our area.

So, wash your hands often, and stay home if you don’t feel well.   Or quit moping about, get your vax and get out there.  Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Alabama Department of Public Health currently state that masks are no longer necessary outdoors.

EDITORIAL REMARKS: Data for this graphic taken from the CDC COVID data tracker, a website, reflecting reported cases for seven days prior to 21 October 2021.  Alabama county population estimates taken from the World Population Review website.  You can, if you wish, find differing numbers on other websites for better or worse, but I have to choose one source and stick with it for the sake of consistency.

The next Plague Edition of the Osprey Gazette will be published on Thursday, 11 November 2021.

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