Tulane Outbreak – October 12, 2021

Featured Headlines

Pandemic restrictions force postponement of Hong Kong Open – Reuters

Golf’s Hong Kong Open has been postponed until next year due to the city’s stringent travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers said in a statement.

Merck Seeks Emergency Use Authorization for Covid-19 Pill – Bloomberg

Merck & Co. and its partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP sought emergency use authorization in the U.S. for molnupiravir, moving the pill closer to becoming the first oral antiviral treatment for Covid-19.

Flu Is X Factor of Pandemic Winter – Bloomberg

The seasonal illness will almost inevitably make a comeback as travel resumes and colder temperatures set in. The question is whether the reappearance is mild or whether we’re in for something harsher that could compound hospitals’ burden.

Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops have not yet complied with vaccine mandate as deadlines near – Washington Post

Hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members remain unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated against the coronavirus as the Pentagon’s first compliance deadlines near, with lopsided rates across the individual services and a spike in deaths among military reservists illustrating how political division over the shots has seeped into a nonpartisan force with unambiguous orders

Among England’s most critically ill covid patients, 1 in 5 is pregnant and unvaccinated – Washington Post

Unvaccinated pregnant women account for nearly 20 percent of the most critically ill coronavirus patients requiring lifesaving care in England in recent months, according to the country’s National Health Service.

Opinion: Herd immunity is almost here. But what does that mean? – Washington Post

Close to 70 percent of Americans have had at least one vaccine dose, while a very substantial if not precisely known percentage of the unvaccinated have recovered from infection. The so-called herd immunity target will be achieved. But what will this actually mean?

Vaccine Headlines

Millions of kids’ coronavirus shots ‘ready’ to go; initial doses to be shared on a population basis – Washington Post

Within days of regulators clearing the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine for younger children, federal officials say they will begin pushing out as many as 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine to immunize school-age kids across the United States in a bid to control the coronavirus pandemic.

Moderna, J&J Make Case for Covid Boosters Ahead of FDA Panel – Bloomberg

Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson said that data they’ve gathered supports the need for booster shots for their Covid-19 vaccines, ahead of a key regulatory meeting later this week.

Clinical Considerations

Finding a Way to Predict COVID-19 Severity in Kids –MedPageToday

Children with severe SARS-CoV-2 infection had significantly elevated levels of a trio of saliva cytokines, according to a preliminary analysis.

COVID-19 is linked to new diabetes cases—but long-term problems could be more severe – National Geographic

In addition to driving new cases of diabetes, the virus may be directly damaging the pancreas in ways that could lead to chronic inflammation and even cancer.

Heart Damage Plagues Covid Survivors a Year After Infection, Study Shows – Bloomberg

Heart damage from Covid-19 extends well beyond the disease’s initial stages, according to a study that found even people who were never sick enough to need hospitalization are in danger of developing heart failure and deadly blood clots a year later.

Alzheimer’s and COVID-19 severity: A genetic link? – Medical News Today

In a new study, scientists have identified a genetic link between the development of Alzheimer’s and severe COVID-19 outcomes. The study also identifies the same immune system changes in both diseases. Targeting specific “risk” genes could lead to future treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and COVID-19.

Official Reporting for October 21, 2021

World Health Organization

Weekly Epi Update October 5th (latest release)

New Cases: 257,154

Confirmed Cases: 237,655,302

Deaths: 4,846,981

Johns Hopkins

Confirmed Cases: 4,861,620
Deaths: 44,497,535

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Total cases: 44,217,318 (+106,296 New Cases)
Total deaths: 711,020 (+2,196 New Deaths)

Science and Tech

‘Spillover’ diseases are emerging faster than ever before—thanks to humans – National Geographic

History is pockmarked with the scars of past zoonotic outbreaks. What have we learned, why are they increasing, and what can we do to avoid them?

AstraZeneca Antibody Drug Effective at Treating Mild Covid in Trial – Bloomberg

AstraZeneca Plc’s antibody cocktail was effective at preventing mild or moderate Covid-19 infections from worsening in a study that bolsters the drugmaker’s ambitions for the product.

Psychological and Sociological Impact

Collateral Damage of COVID-19: Home Injuries, Suicides in Kids? – MedPageToday

here may be a connection between the unprecedented events of COVID-19 and an increase in certain injuries in children, investigators reported. COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March 2020, which set off a far-reaching chain of events including travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and a new reliance on telemedicine.

Just How Many New Depression, Anxiety Cases Popped Up in 2020? – MedPageToday

Pandemic’s impact on mental health worldwide hit women and young people especially hard. Depressive and anxiety disorders increased substantially around the world since the start of the pandemic, hitting some groups harder than others, according to a new systematic review and meta-analyses.

Sydney starts to live with covid after 106-day lockdown. First stop: The pub. – Washington Post

For the first time in 106 days, pubs swung open their doors for vaccinated patrons on Monday. Barbers broke out their clippers, cafes dusted off their china, and gyms cranked up the classic rock. Sydney was alive again.

Published Research


Misinformation, Disinformation, and Conspiracy Theories

Coping with COVID

Just when we needed it most, the recipe is out for Ted Lasso’s biscuits – Bloomberg

Don’t know Ted Lasso? You need to.

Make some of these biscuits and plop yourself on the sofa and stream all of the episodes. You are guaranteed to feel better, and wishing there were more (biscuits and episodes).

2 sticks (1/2 lb) unsalted butter, softened
1 ⅓ cup confectioner’s sugar
3 tbsp light brown sugar
3 large egg yolks
1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp. kosher salt

Heat the oven to 315F and prepare an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, mix the butter and sugars vigorously until smooth.

Stir in the egg yolks. Add the flour and salt, mix just until the dough comes together. (“The less you mix the dough, the more positive vibes your biscuits will have,” according to Tosi.) Using damp hands, press the dough in an even layer in the pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until a thin, golden brown layer forms on top. Let cool completely before cutting into two even columns and then six even rows. Arrange in pink boxes.

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