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In the headlines:
► The attending physician in Congress said that Sunday’s elected officials and their staff were potentially exposed to someone infected with COVID-19, while the US Capitol was locked during an armed invasion by pro-Trump rebels. Tennessee spokesman Chuck Fleischman also tweeted Sunday that he tested positive for the virus after contacting another member of Congress.
► Chicago Public Schools, the country’s third-largest public school system, will reopen on Monday to 6,000 kindergarten and special education students for the first time since March 2020.
► John Hopkins data shows that we have a record of deaths in one week for another day, 22,676. At this rate, an American dies every 27 seconds. The cases in one week are the second worst in history – 1,710,110.
► Anger and frustration are growing in the United States as the federal government leaves the states to deal with the spread of COVID-19 vaccines.
📈 Today’s numbers: According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States has more than 22.4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 374,000 deaths. Total amounts: More than90.2 million cases and 1.9 million deaths.
📘 What we read: Millions of Americans with intellectual disabilities at “particularly high risk” of COVID-19 are still awaiting vaccinations.
“There is a lot of anger”: The spread of the vaccine leaves people fighting to find pictures
By Friday, the states had received 22.1 million doses of the vaccine. About 6.7 million of them were administered – less than a third.
Federal officials cite a number of reasons for the backlog in vaccine distribution, including vaccination systems that are still being prepared, federal funding that has not yet been allocated to states, and a requirement for states to provide vaccines for long-term care.
Add to this two holidays, bad weather in some areas and the need to train medical professionals to prepare and administer two vaccines that require special storage and handling.
A mix of rules and procedures across the country adds to the confusion. In Florida, for example, adults aged 65 and over are in the first phase of vaccine distribution. In Texas, the elderly and the unstable are in the second phase. In New York, they are in the third phase. Read more here.
– Andrea Ball
How to inoculate against misinformation of the COVID-19 vaccine
The best scientists have created an online guide to equip people with scientific facts and practical advice to combat lies, fraud and conspiracy theories that threaten public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.
More than two dozen leading experts in vaccine psychology, education and virology say they have voluntarily contributed to The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook to absorb misinformation and propaganda disseminated by anti-vaccine activists that could reduce the rate. of vaccination and cause unnecessary deaths.
Even as coronavirus cases increase and hospitals overflow with critically ill patients, opposition to vaccines resonates not only with the extremist communities but also with the remnants of mainstream America. Studies show that belief in counterfeits of COVID-19 can dissuade people from getting the vaccine.
There are 2 main variants of COVID-19. Do you have to worry?
Two major variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have emerged in recent weeks, but none of them is more dangerous than the virus circulating over the past year, experts say, and available vaccines must remain effective.
Viral mutations are a concern because they can make tests, treatments and vaccines ineffective and change the properties of the disease, making it more or less transmissible and dangerous.
The new options seem to displace the older ones, raising concerns about whether the changes will affect the course of the disease or efforts to control it. For now, however, the new options do not seem to be a cause for great concern.
For more than a year of circulation, the virus has mutated many times, but only these two most recent variants – one appearing for the first time in the United Kingdom and the other in South Africa – seem to change their function significantly. Read more here.
Intensive care unit beds expanded, body bags in play as California hospitals face leap
When a blue code sounded at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, California, signaling cardiac arrest, Nurse Jessenia Avila said a small prayer.
“We have never seen so many deaths before,” Avila said on Friday. “I have been in healthcare for 22 years and I have never been afraid. At the moment I am … I am afraid for my children. “
Each bed in the intensive care unit is full most of the time while COVID-19 jumps forward. If the bed is open, nurses say, it often means the patient has died.
California health authorities announced a record total of 695 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, as many hospitals are strained by an unprecedented number of cases.
The death toll in California has risen to 29,233 since the start of the pandemic, according to the State Department of Public Health website.
Because emergency departments are often abandoned by admitted patients waiting for beds to open, ambulance staff sometimes stand by the walls next to arriving patients in the fireplaces.
– Tom Kisken, Earl of Ventura, California
Contribution: Associated Press
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