We can’t avoid the virus for the rest of our lives, but we can minimize its impact. In the 1980s, doctors at an English hospital deliberately tried to infect 15 volunteers with a coronavirus. COVID-19 did not yet exist—what interested those doctors was a coronavirus in the same family called 229E, which causes the common cold. 229E is both ubiquitous and obscure. Most of us have had it, probably first as children, but the resulting colds were so mild as to be unremarkable. And indeed, of the 15 adult volunteers who got 229E misted up their nose, only 10 became infected, and of those, only eight actually developed cold symptoms.
It’s been just over a month, and China has once again squelched Covid-19, bringing its local cases down to zero. It was more difficult this time, even though the leaders of the world’s most populous nation used the same playbook they followed to quell more than 30 previous flare-ups. The arrival of the more infectious delta variant has raised the stakes, as the pathogen refines its ability to escape curbs and flout vaccination. It’s unclear how long the victory will last.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday pleaded with tourists from around the world not to visit the islands through at least the end of October, as the state grapples with an influx of coronavirus cases from residents and vacationers who’ve brought the virus with them.
Kentucky hospital officials high-fived one another during a news conference Monday as they learned multiple National Guard teams would be deployed to hospitals across the state dealing with rising Covid-19 cases and hospital staffing shortages.
A 77-year-old woman has died from COVID-19 after testing positive while sailing on a Carnival cruise to Belize, marking the first reported death since cruises restarted in the Caribbean and United States.NBC News was working to confirm the identity of the woman, who died on Aug. 14. The New York Times reported she was a great-grandmother from Oklahoma.
In a state with the nation’s second lowest rate of vaccination against the coronavirus, a jump in the number of calls to poison control prompted an alert Friday from the Mississippi State Department of Health about ingesting the drug ivermectin. The department said that at least 70% of recent calls to the state poison control center were related to people who ingested a version of the drug that is formulated to treat parasites in cows and horses.
I live with someone who hasn’t been vaccinated against Covid-19. He’s my first-grader. Like all of his classmates and anyone under 12 years old, Davi can’t yet get one of the authorized vaccines. But as schools return to full-time in-person learning, they are doing so in the face of a rapidly rising fourth wave of the pandemic that is affecting mainly unvaccinated people. And because the prevailing Delta variant is so highly infectious, more young children are being diagnosed with Covid-19 than in the previous waves.
Coronavirus case rates and hospitalizations in the D.C. region have continued to worsen in recent weeks, rising to levels not seen since last spring just days before some area school systems return to in-person classes for the new academic year.
Covid-19 cases are falling in many of the original delta-variant hot spots in the U.S. That means the rest of the country could soon follow, dodging the mass hospitalizations and surging deaths seen recently in Florida and the Deep South.
Alina Chan suggested last year that the coronavirus was “pre-adapted” to humans. Critical reaction was swift and harsh.
Federal regulators on Monday granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine — a milestone that could help increase inoculation rates and spark a wave of vaccine mandates by employers and universities amid a surge of new cases and hospitalizations fueled by the ferocious delta variant.
The Food and Drug Administration has given its full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, calling it a “key achievement for public health.” The two-dose vaccine is now fully approved for people ages 16 and older. For those who are ages 12 to 15 and for those who are immunocompromised and need a booster shot, the vaccine is still available under an FDA emergency use authorization.
It seemed like a match … until it absolutely wasn’t. Recently, I’d stumbled across a dating-app unicorn: an effortlessly flirty chat with a man of an appropriate age that went beyond “Well, hello, Queen!” or “Yes, that is my dog in my profile.” We’d both recently moved from Florida to Baltimore. He, or at least whoever was in his photos, wore a jaunty hat and bore a striking resemblance to Wanya Morris of legendary R&B group Boyz II Men. Within a few minutes, we were trading snippets of ourselves singing ’90s ballads.
A third dose of Pfizer (PFE.N)’s COVID-19 vaccine has significantly improved protection from infection and serious illness among people aged 60 and older in Israel compared with those who received two shots, findings published by the Health Ministry showed on Sunday.
Say it with me: Koe-mir’-na-tee. Comirnaty, as it’s known, is the official, brand name for Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration this week gave full approval to the vaccine for people 16 and older.
More young and healthy pregnant people are ending up hospitalized on ventilators, delivering babies prematurely and sometimes dying from Covid-19 during the delta-fueled spike in cases.
For those under 12, dosing being studied is far lower, and data not yet available. Pfizer anticipates a readout for the trial in kids ages 5 to 11 “sometime in September,” with data on kids ages 2 to 5 “soon after that,” followed by a safety and immunogenicity readout in kids ages 6 months to under 2 years “sometime in October/November.”
COVID-19 vaccination can be one of a number of events that may trigger functional neurological disorder (FND), experts said. Two cases of young women manifesting FND after COVID-19 vaccination were reported by Alfonso Fasano, MD, PhD, of the University of Toronto, and Antonio Daniele, MD, PhD, of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome, in a letter to the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry.
Official Reporting for August 24, 2021
World Health Organization
Weekly Epi Update August 23, 2021 (latest release)
New Cases: 441,677
Confirmed Cases: 211,730,035
Confirmed Cases: 212,802,557
Total cases: 37,768,911 (+43,222 New Cases)
Total deaths: 626,833 (+164 New Deaths)
Science and Tech
A cocktail of long-acting antibodies administered intramuscularly as COVID-19 prevention cut the risk of developing symptomatic disease in a high-risk unvaccinated patient population, AstraZeneca announced on Friday.
Her husband collapsed just before reaching the top of the stairs in their small one-bedroom house in São Paulo, Brazil. Frantic, Thais Andrade grabbed the portable pulse oximeter she had purchased after hearing that a low oxygen reading could be the first sign of the novel coronavirus. He had severe COVID, her bloodwork came up negative. She’s one of a lucky few “resistant” to the virus that has killed more than 4 million people. But how? That’s the mystery researchers around the world have set out to unravel.
Anecdotes tell us what the data can’t: Vaccinated people appear to be getting the coronavirus at a surprisingly high rate. But exactly how often isn’t clear, nor is it certain how likely they are to spread the virus to others.
“The treatment with the most evidence for a mortality benefit in COVID-19 continues to be steroids, specifically dexamethasone.” “Tocilizumab, an immune modulator directed toward the interleukin-6 receptor, was shown to have a mortality benefit in the RECOVERY trial and to decrease the time patients required organ support in critically ill patients in the REMAP-CAP trial.”
Psychological and Sociological Impact
It was two weeks, originally. Who couldn’t do two weeks with the kids at home? Two weeks to bend the curve. It was simple.Then it was two months—because nothing bent—and, well, we did two weeks and that went okay, so two months would be doable, right? Right? And then it was summer, and kids are always home in the summer, so how was that different? Sure, we can’t go anywhere, but we’ll just do a little more TV, a little more iPad, a little more of everything we’re already doing. Besides, school is just around the corner and finally they’ll go back.
Characteristics and Outcomes of Women With COVID-19 Giving Birth at US Academic Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic – JAMA
Functional disorders after COVID-19 vaccine fuel vaccination hesitancy – BMJ
Misinformation, Disinformation, and Conspiracy Theories
As social media giants struggle to crack down on false claims about covid, ordinary users are finding ways to reach vaccine skeptics — and win them over.
Coping with COVID
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