Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine was less effective at keeping people from getting the coronavirus in Israel in recent weeks, but it continues to provide a strong shield against severe Covid-19, according to government data.
Singapore’s government recommended that vaccinated people avoid strenuous physical activity for a week after getting the shots, as a few cases surfaced of mostly young men experiencing heart problems from receiving jabs while a teenager suffered from cardiac arrest.
Russia’s vaccine is in use in nearly 70 nations, but its adoption has been slowed by controversies and questions over rare side effects, and it has yet to garner World Health Organization approval.
The benefits of messenger RNA Covid-19 vaccines clearly outweigh the risks despite heart complications seen in a relatively small number of mostly young men, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As the wave of vaccination to protect against COVID-19 spreads across the world, surveillance for possible vaccine-related adverse events remains active. So far, no data have emerged to definitively link the mRNA vaccines manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna with serious adverse events other than rare episodes of anaphylaxis, and the vaccines are performing well in their intended goal of reducing COVID-19 morbidity and mortality in vaccinated populations. Overall, the vaccines have been an unparalleled scientific success — a source of light in the relentless storm of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While most gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms resolved for patients hospitalized with COVID-19, inability to gain weight persisted for months, researchers found in a retrospective study.
Official Reporting for July 6, 2021
World Health Organization
Confirmed Cases: 183,934,913
Confirmed Cases: 184,359,115
Total cases: 33,530,880 (+15,555 New Cases)
Total deaths: 603,018 (+287 New Deaths)
Science and Tech
While vaccines are doing a remarkable job of slowing the COVID-19 pandemic, infected people can still die from severe illness and new medications to treat them have been slow to arise. What kills these patients in the end doesn’t seem to be the virus itself, but an over-reaction of their immune system that leads to massive inflammation and tissue damage.
Psychological and Sociological Impact
The coronavirus pandemic is breathing new life into the argument for a four-day workweek. As employees report burnout and many are refusing to return to the office post-pandemic, employers are rethinking workplace flexibility. For New York-based crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, one way to address that is the four-day workweek, which it is testing out next year. Despite the reduced hours, workers will still receive the same pay. The idea is that in those four days, there will be fewer interruptions and more focus on work.
Gastrointestinal sequelae three and six months after hospitalization for Coronavirus Disease 2019 – Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Misinformation, Disinformation, and Conspiracy Theories
For the nurses in the Appalachian highlands who risked their lives during the pandemic, it is as if they fought in a war no one acknowledges.
As the U.S. faces down the threat of the more transmissible Delta variant, experts are working harder than ever to understand the concerns of vaccine “holdouts.” In interviews with public health experts, several key themes behind remaining hesitancy emerged — including misinformation, mistrust in the medical establishment, and specific concerns among those newly eligible, such as an impact on fertility.
Coping in 2020 (and probably most of 2021)
A fun story that has nothing to do with COVID!