US sticks with 8-month schedule for booster shots for now: COVID news

The U.S. is sticking to the eight-month schedule of COVID-19 booster vaccinations, at least for now, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert said on Sunday.

President Joe Biden suggested Friday that the government should consider giving booster vaccinations as early as five months after vaccination, as the super-contagious Delta variant increases transmission rates in the United States. Biden had quoted advice from the Israeli Prime Minister.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that officials are open to postponing the recommendation based on evolving information, but for now it’s eight months.

“We’re not changing it, but we’re very open to new data as it comes in. We’ll be very flexible in this, ”said Fauci.

He said there was “no doubt” that people will need an extra vaccination after receiving the two-dose vaccine Pfizer or Moderna. The Biden government has set the start date for booster syringes on September 20 pending approval from the FDA and CDC.

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► Due to the high coronavirus infection rate, the European Union can recommend banning non-essential travel from the United States by Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The newspaper said that some countries may still decide to allow US visitors with proof of vaccination.

►The risk of getting a blood clot if you contract COVID-19 is far greater than taking the Pfizer BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines, according to a new BMJ study. Lead author Julia Hippisley-Cox told USA TODAY that the purpose of the study is to show that the risks associated with the vaccine are much lower than with COVID-19 infection.

►Contact tracers say the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota is the source of at least 178 COVID-19 infections in five states. Cases have skyrocketed in South Dakota since the rally began, and the epicenter of the rally, Meade County, reports the highest case rate in the state.

►Two Oregon counties have requested refrigerated trucks from the state because mortuaries are overwhelmed with COVID-related deaths. Tillamook County’s emergency director Gordon McCraw said it was not possible to move bodies to other counties due to infection among employees.

► Record-Eagle newspaper reporter Brendan Quealy said he was slapped in the face while covering an anti-masking event near Traverse City, Michigan. Quealy said two men confronted him and one of them pushed him against a fence and punched him in the face with both fists.

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 38.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 637,200 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Global Total: More than 216.2 million cases and 4.4 million deaths. According to the CDC, more than 173.1 million Americans – 52.1% of the population – have been fully vaccinated.

📘 What we read: COVID-19 sloshes among America’s youth. Doctors are concerned about children of color, who suffer disproportionately from inadequate access to health care, obesity and other chronic diseases are at greatest risk. Continue reading.

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Delta variant can double the risk of hospitalization in unvaccinated people

The highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus could double the risk of hospitalization in unvaccinated people, according to a new study.

The UK study, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, is part of a growing body of evidence suggesting that the latest Delta variant could cause more severe disease than previous strains.

“This large national study found patients with COVID-19 infected with the Delta variant at a higher risk of hospitalization or emergency care compared to the Alpha variant,” the researchers found.

The study included more than 40,000 patients with COVID-19 who underwent genome sequencing to determine which variant of the virus they had. Most were not vaccinated. In the course of the study from March 29 to May 23, the delta variant increased.

Pandemic Makes Disaster Preparedness Difficult in Louisiana as Hurricane Ida Strikes

When the explosive Hurricane Ida roared ashore in Louisiana on Sunday, the pandemic added complications to the typical series of disaster preparednesses. Louisiana was showered with cases and most of the hospitals were preparing to continue operating during the storm. Governor John Bel Edwards said the accommodations will operate at reduced capacity “to reflect the realities of COVID”.

The storm arrived as a Category 3 hurricane on the 16th anniversary of the Katrina landing. Most of the city was flooded, killing nearly 2,000 people, and federal officials estimated the damage at $ 125 billion. Ida approached Category 5 strength as she neared the Louisiana coast.

New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across Louisiana have declined this week, but the state remains firmly in the grip of the worst fourth-wave COVID-19 surge. In the past four weeks, Louisiana has reported a total of 99,368 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the largest four-week total the state has seen since the pandemic began.

The Louisiana Department of Health announced Friday that it will not be operational in light of the threat from Hurricane Ida to the state’s Gulf Coast

– Andrew Capps-Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Texas man who spoke out against masks and COVID measures dies of the disease

A man who campaigned against the wearing of masks and other preventive measures in his central Texas community died of COVID-19.

Caleb Wallace, 30, died on Saturday, his wife Jessica Wallace said on a GoFundMe page, the San Angelo Standard-Times reported. He was the father of three children and his wife was pregnant with a fourth child.

Wallace helped organize the “Freedom Rally” in San Angelo on July 4, 2020, in which people carried signs criticizing masks, shop closings, the science behind COVID-19 and the media. In April, he urged the San Angelo School District to suspend all of its COVID logs.

Jessica Wallace told the newspaper that her husband suffered from COVID-19 symptoms on July 26 but refused to get tested or go to the hospital. Instead, he took high doses of vitamin C, zinc aspirin and ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug that officials strongly advised against.

The conservative Florida radio host who rejected the COVID vaccine has died

Marc Bernier, a talk radio host in Daytona Beach, Florida for 30 years and an outspoken opponent of vaccines, died after a three-week battle with COVID-19, WNDB and Southern Stone Communications announced on Twitter on Saturday evening.

Bernier, 65, of Ormond Beach, has been remembered for the past few days as a Conservative seeking and circulating the points of view of others while doing morning commentary, a three-hour afternoon show, weekend shows, and specials such as secluded town halls and political debates.

Bernier had problems with vaccines for years. Mel Stack, an attorney and friend who regularly promoted the program, said Bernier’s anti-vaccination views were based not on politics but on personal experiences based on how he believed vaccines had affected people close to him .

– Mark Harper, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Unvaccinated, unmasked teacher causes school breakout

An unvaccinated, unmasked elementary school teacher in California infected 22 students and four parents with COVID-19, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While having a stuffy nose and fatigue, the teacher taught for two days before receiving a COVID-19 test. Although the teacher thought the symptoms were simply allergies, she later tested positive.

Elementary school requires teachers and students to mask themselves indoors, but the CDC reported that the teacher was exposed while reading to the class.

“The attack rate of the outbreak underscores the increased transferability and potential of the delta variant for rapid spread, particularly in unvaccinated populations such as school children who are too young to be vaccinated,” the report said.

– Gabriela Miranda

Contribution: The Associated Press

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