Nearly half of the new coronavirus infections nationwide are in just five states, a situation that is putting pressure on the federal government to consider changing the way vaccines are distributed by sending more doses to hotspots.
New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of new COVID-19 infections in the country, or nearly 197,500 new cases, in the last available seven-day period, according to data from the state health agency collected by the university. Jones Hopkins.
The strong concentration of new cases in states that make up 22 percent of the U.S. population has prompted some experts and elected officials to call on President Joe Biden̵
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►The federal government is expanding access to COVID-19 vaccines to all federally qualified health centers. The White House decision, announced Wednesday, expands opportunities for underserved people to find vaccines in their communities. There are more than 1,400 health centers across the country.
“The coronavirus certificate, first identified in the UK, officially known as B.1.1.7, is ‘now the most common genus circulating in the United States,'” CDC Director Dr Rochelle Valensky said on Wednesday.
►The drug regulator in the European Union said it had found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and the rare clotting disorder, but said the benefits of the shot still outweighed the risks. In a statement issued Wednesday, the European Medicines Agency did not set new restrictions on the use of the vaccine in people aged 18 and over.
► One-third of COVID patients in a study of more than 230,000 predominantly Americans were diagnosed with a brain or psychiatric disorder within six months, the researchers reported in the Lancet. Among patients who need treatment in the intensive care unit, more than 4 in 10 have suffered from disorders, the researchers found.
► No ocean cruise ship has traveled with passengers from a US port in the past year, but that is changing. Norwegian Cruise Line announced plans to return to service on Tuesday in late July with voyages to Europe and the Caribbean. Passengers and crew will need to be “100% vaccinated” two weeks before boarding.
📈 Today’s numbers: According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States has more than 30.8 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 556,000 deaths. Total worldwide: More than 132.6 million cases and 2.87 million deaths. At least 219 million doses of vaccine have been distributed in the United States and 168 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
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Allergies and symptoms of COVID-19: How to distinguish them
With the cases of COVID-19, which are again increasing in some parts of the country, it is easy to conclude that a sore throat or runny nose may be a sign of the disease. This type of reaction can be even more common at this time of year, as seasonal allergies begin to appear due to the high number of pollen.
The CDC says nearly 8% of the U.S. population deals with these types of allergies, which usually lead to symptoms centered around the nose, eyes and throat, similar to COVID-19.
Here’s how you can tell them apart and manage allergies during a pandemic.
Some colleges will require vaccines this fall
The 2025 class entering college this fall may have a new premise: Vaccination against COVID-19. Rutgers University in New Jersey and Cornell University in New York were among the first universities to announce that their students would need to be vaccinated if they wanted to study in person during the fall semester. Brown in Rhode Island, Northeast in Boston, University of New Southeast in Florida and Fort Louis College in Colorado have all announced similar policies. Probably more schools will join the list.
“It doesn’t just make us safer. Ultimately, it makes our entire community safer, “said Antonio Calcado, Rutgers’ chief operating officer. That is why we believe that demand is the way we should go against encouragement. “
– Chris Quintana
Itchy rash after your vaccination? You will be fine, says the expert
Getting COVID-19 can cause any strange skin reactions. A new study finds that some of these may be rare, brief side effects from receiving Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines. Itching and annoying reactions were observed in a database of 414 cases of delayed skin problems associated with vaccines and reported to healthcare professionals. The cases were collected between December and February before the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was allowed, so it was not included. None caused a life-threatening reaction, the discovery of the study’s senior author, Dr. Esther Freeman, was reassuring. Read more here.
“People can get rashes all over their body and it can be surprising and a little scary, but these patients did extremely well, recovered and were able to come back and get their second dose,” said Freeman, director of global health dermatology. in Massachusetts General Hospital.
– Elizabeth way
Asian Americans are among those most affected by the end of the pandemic
Asian Americans and the Pacific islands have struggled with the highest levels of long-term unemployment in the country for more than a year after pandemic closed hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, beauty salons and other sectors of the economy. Although unemployment levels driven by economic downturns have returned to near-pandemic levels, many Asian Americans are unsure when they will be able to return to work.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 48% of the 615,000 unemployed in the Asian community were out of work for six months, plus the first quarter of this year. The figure exceeded the long-term unemployed among blacks (43%), whites (39%) and Spaniards (39%).
– Mark Ramirez
Vaccination planning programs by Apollo 13-ing technical staff
Local health officials, faced with the formidable obligation to vaccinate their corner of America, had to consolidate information technology systems in the face of volatile vaccine supplies and busy staff and resources. Although the federal government spent millions on vaccine programming and supply management programs, they were not very helpful to local officials trying to invent systems themselves.
Becky Colwell-Ongene, manager of the Geographic Information System for Will County, Illinois, said she felt like a technical expert on the Apollo 13th Deployment of this vaccine, a reference to the 1970 space flight during which improvised engineering prevents disaster when an oxygen tank fails. “I took a plastic bag and some tweezers and I have to go home,” she said. Read more here.
– Aleszu Bajak and Elizabeth Weise
The United States lags behind other nations in crucially tracking options
The United States lags far behind many other countries, using the main tool to keep options up-to-date – gene sequencing – increasing the risk of the new version spreading unnoticed here. Sequencing involves taking samples from positive tests in another laboratory to look for the genetic code of a virus, preparing scientists with an accurate map of how to defeat it.
So far this year, the United States ranks 33rd in the world in the speed of sequencing, falling between Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe, according to COVID CoV Genomic, led by researchers from Harvard and MIT. The three leading nations – Iceland, Australia and New Zealand – have lined up at speeds between 55 and 95 times faster.
– David Heath
About 80% of teachers working in kindergartens are vaccinated
About 80% of teachers, school staff and childcare workers have received at least their first vaccine against COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage comes from a CDC survey completed by 13,000 educators and 40,000 childcare workers across the country. The CDC says it has tracked more than 7 million doses given to the group, which were a priority in early March in hopes of reopening schools in the United States.
“Our pressure to ensure that teachers, school staff and kindergarten workers have been vaccinated in March has paid off and paved the way for safer personal learning,” said CDC Director Rochelle Valenski. “CDC will build on the success of this program and work with our partners to continue to expand its vaccination efforts as we work to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.”
Brazil, Argentina break records for deaths, infections
Both Brazil and Argentina have broken their own grim records with COVID-19 infections and deaths, while the rest of the globe continues its race for vaccination as more viral variants spread. Brazil – where the more infectious variant P.1 was discovered – saw its deadliest day on record Tuesday with 4,195 deaths in 24 hours. More than 330,000 people have died in the country because of COVID-19.
Argentina also broke its infection record by registering 20,870 new cases of COVID-19 in one day. The number of confirmed cases in the country has increased to over 2.4 million.
Contribution: Associated Press
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