Jun 16, 2020
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Monday announced the death of her father due to complications from COVID-19.
In a statement, Omar said Nur Omar Mohamed died Monday. She gave no additional information.
Omar said in her statement:
“No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew him. My family and I ask for your respect and privacy during this time.”
Since her election in 2018, Omar has been at the forefront of promoting progressive policies, including the defunding and reconstruction of the Minneapolis Police Department.
COVID Cases Are Rising. COVID Deaths Are Declining. Why?
June 18, 2020
Even so, overall deaths due to coronavirus are on the decline in the U.S. Part of that is thanks to how much better things are finally getting in New York, the former national epicenter of the pandemic.
But even in some places where cases are spiking, the number of people checking into hospitals and dying of the coronavirus is actually stable, or even going down. What’s going on?
This isn’t as weird as it sounds. We’re in a hellish experiment: The more cases of coronavirus, the better our understanding of how deadly the virus is.
Right now, as science journalist Smriti Mallapaty outlines in Nature, estimates for the overall case fatality rate for the coronavirus are converging around 0.5-1 percent.
Though some experts think it’s still too early to pin down a range, that number is markedly lower than the early estimates of CFR of 4 percent from Wuhan, China. Why?
As total case counts started to include patients with mild or no symptoms, the number of people who were known to survive the virus grew.
Beyond an expansion of testing, the CFR can be hard to pin down for another reason, notes Mallapaty—it doesn’t kill people uniformly.
It’s easier to survive the virus if you have access to good health care; harder if, say, structural racism denies you good treatment.
The virus also affects different groups of people differently—it’s far more deadly to older people, for example.
This all means a spike in coronavirus cases in any particular location doesn’t necessarily lead to more people are dying.
In fact, if you look at many of the graphs of case counts and deaths on the New York Times’ coronavirus map, the lines are doing different things. In Arizona, as cases rise, deaths are remaining relatively flat … Read more.