It's peculiar. Looked at the numbers today, and things are trending up, but less strongly, in surrounding states. US is slightly up.
Our idiot governor in Texas has announced that we are vaccinated almost to herd immunity...Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas may have been overly optimistic on Sunday when he said on Fox News that his state could be “very close” to herd immunity — the point where so much of the population is immune to Covid-19, either from being vaccinated or previously infected, that the virus can no longer spread.
“When you look at the senior population, for example, more than 70 percent of our seniors have received a vaccine shot, more than 50 percent of those who are 50 to 65 have received a vaccine shot,” Mr. Abbott, a Republican, told Chris Wallace. Mr. Wallace had asked why statewide infection, hospitalization and death rates were more under control than in other states, in spite of Texas reopening many activities and eliminating mask mandates.
The governor added, “I don’t know what herd immunity is, but when you add that to the people who have immunity, it looks like it could be very close to herd immunity.”
No one is sure what the level should be, Dr. Osterholm said. “Anybody who will tell you exactly what the level of herd immunity is, is also likely to want to sell you a bridge.”
He predicted that within a few weeks or a month, Texas and other parts of the southern and western United States would see cases rising the way they are now in the Upper Midwest and Northeast.
A major factor in the relentless spread of the coronavirus is the increasing proportion of cases caused by the virus variant first identified in Britain and known as B.1.1.7, which is more contagious than the form of the virus that first emerged.
That variant “surely resets the meter” and makes herd immunity harder to achieve, Dr. Osterholm said. Additional variants could further complicate the forecast.
“These variants are game changers,” he said. “They really are. It’s really remarkable.”https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/11/world/texas-herd-immunity-governor.html
Apparently Abbot added the two percentages together, and was impressed. Actually, Texas is a bit shy of 20%, and as Dr. Fauci predicted, the new strains will be much harder to contain:https://nypost.com/2020/12/31/dr-fauci-predicts-new-covid-strain-will-spread-across-us/
Texas, when the new strains get established here, will likely have the same problems as the upper midwest.