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Sumary of COVID-19 Updates: U.K. Variant Now Dominant in U.S.:

  • The United States currently has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and related deaths in the world..
  • Globally, there have been more than 132.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 2.8 million associated deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University..
  • Mental health or neurological symptoms are diagnosed in up to 34 percent of people who have had COVID-19, according to research published yesterday in The Lancet Psychiatry..
  • Researchers analyzed the health records of more than 236,000 people, mostly Americans, who recovered from COVID-19..
  • According to the researchers, these COVID-19 survivors typically received a psychiatric or neurological diagnosis within 6 months of their original coronavirus infection..
  • Psychiatric or neurological symptoms were more severe in people who were hospitalized for COVID-19, but they were also common in people treated for COVID-19 in outpatient settings..
  • Researchers also found that people who had recovered from COVID-19 had a significantly increased risk of brain hemorrhage, stroke, and dementia..
  • “Our study provides evidence for substantial neurological and psychiatric morbidity in the 6 months after COVID-19 infection,”.
  • Nearly half of new COVID-19 cases come from these 5 states It includes New York, which had the highest number of new infections across the nation last week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, reported the New York Post..
  • President Joe Biden said today that the administration will now allow anyone over 16 to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 19..
  • The news comes as many states have already started to allow anyone over 16 to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination..
  • Biden administration steps up worldwide effort against pandemic The administration has appointed a veteran diplomat to run its global COVID-19 response, and pledges to support more equitable production and distribution of vaccines, reported The Washington Post..
  • According to the network, a spokesperson for Stanford Health Care said the Stanford Clinical Virology Lab has identified and confirmed one case of the emerging variant through genomic sequencing..
  • Game-changing COVID-19 vaccine enters clinical trials A new COVID-19 vaccine is entering clinical trials in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, and Vietnam that could change how we fight the pandemic, reported The New York Times..
  • A key advantage is that the new vaccine can be mass-produced in chicken eggs like other flu vaccines made in factories around the world..
  • Health experts are pleading with Americans to maintain pandemic precautions until they’re fully vaccinated, reported CNN..
  • “I’ll guarantee as we get into the late spring and the early summer, you’re going to see a return to gradual degree of normality that everyone is hoping for, but we don’t want to do it prematurely.”.
  • They advise people who are fully vaccinated can travel without getting a COVID-19 test and do not need to self-quarantine after arriving in a new destination..
  • FDA authorizes changes to Moderna COVID-19 vaccine The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized two changes to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine that could provide extra doses from each vial, reported The Associated Press (AP)..
  • Regulators also said healthcare professionals can safely extract up to 11 doses from the original 10-dose vials, and these changes will be added to instructions for healthcare workers, reported the AP..
  • may have signs of long-haul COVID-19 A new report finds that as many as 1 in 7 people living in the United Kingdom have symptoms associated with “long-haul COVID-19.”.
  • Office for National Statistics found that as many as 13.7 percent of people in the United Kingdom had signs of long-haul COVID-19, including fatigue, muscle pain, and difficulty breathing..
  • COVID-19 was the third-leading cause of death in 2020 COVID-19 was the third-leading cause of death in the United States last year after heart disease and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)..
  • In total, more than 552,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States since the start of the pandemic last year..
  • Clinical trial results of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine find it 100 percent effective and well tolerated in children 12 to 15 years old, the drugmaker said today, reported CNN..
  • “We plan to submit these data to FDA as a proposed amendment to our emergency use authorization in the coming weeks and to other regulators around the world, with the hope of starting to vaccinate this age group before the start of the next school year,”.
  • vaccine rollout improving significantly, the daily number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is again on the rise after falling significantly from January highs, reported Yahoo!.
  • Hold on to that COVID vaccine card Millions of adults who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 have little proof beyond the paper card they get when getting their first dose, reported the Wall Street Journal..
  • Also, there no standard proof of COVID-19 vaccination like the yellow fever cards required for entry to many countries where that disease is prevalent..
  • CDC chief scared where country is headed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are rising in the United States again, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Monday..
  • According to a joint World Health Organization (WHO) and China study on the origins of COVID-19, the most likely scenario is that transmission of the coronavirus occurred from bats to humans through another animal..
  • The discovery of COVID-19 cases before the outbreak in the Chinese market suggests the pandemic may have begun elsewhere, according to the AP..
  • The report also notes there could have been milder COVID-19 cases that were undetected, and that could be a link between the market and previous cases..
  • In real-world setting, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines provide over 90% protection In a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers found that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines can provide 90 percent protection against coronavirus infections, The Washington Post reported..
  • Johnson vaccine After receiving emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Johnson &.
  • Johnson-owned Janssen Pharmaceuticals is now the third company to make a COVID-19 vaccine available in the United States, reported the American Medical Association (AMA)..
  • AMA Chief Health and Science Officer Dr. Mira Irons and AMA Board Member Dr. Sandra Fryhofer were interviewed on an episode of the “AMA COVID-19 Update”.
  • President Joe Biden announced today he plans to reach the goal of 200 million vaccines administered in his first 100 days in office..
  • The United States has reached yet another pandemic milestone with more than 30 million people developing COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak..
  • AstraZeneca becomes controversial after missteps AstraZeneca has likely produced a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in only 9 months, a significant achievement that could help end the pandemic, reported CNN..
  • India detects double mutant coronavirus variant As India struggles to contain a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the country health officials report the discovery of a new mutant strain of the coronavirus..
  • According to a press release from the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there been an increase in virus samples with the E484Q and L452R mutations..
  • In what could be a game-changing development in the fight against COVID-19, drugmaker Pfizer has announced early stage clinical trials of an experimental oral antiviral drug to treat COVID-19..
  • “Tackling the COVID-19 pandemic requires both prevention via vaccine and targeted treatment for those who contract the virus,”.
  • “Given the way that SARS-CoV-2 is mutating and the continued global impact of COVID-19, it appears likely that it will be critical to have access to therapeutic options both now and beyond the pandemic.”.
  • Pfizer is also working on an intravenous antiviral therapy for COVID-19, which is currently being tested in a clinical trial involving hospitalized patients..
  • Right now, the only FDA-approved antiviral treatment for COVID-19 available is remdesivir, produced by drugmaker Gilead..
  • Flu shot associated with less severe COVID-19, study finds Researchers at Michigan Medicine say they’ve found an association between receiving the flu shot and fewer, less severe COVID-19 cases, reported Fox News..
  • According to a University of Michigan press release, the study reviewed medical charts for more than 27,000 patients and also found that no one included in the data tested positive for both viruses at the same time..
  • “It particularly relevant for vaccine hesitance, and maybe taking the flu shot this year can ease some angst about the new COVID-19 vaccine,”.
  • “Instead of a concerning connection between COVID-19 and the flu shot, our publication provides more confidence that getting your flu shot is associated with staying out of the hospital for COVID-19.”.
  • Germany faces third wave of COVID-19 due to variants Germans are facing a new surge in COVID-19 cases, and government leaders say that new variants may be to blame..
  • At least three people in Hawaii who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 later contracted an infection with the new coronavirus..
  • While the vaccines are partly effective against symptomatic cases in trials they have been fully protective against severe COVID-19 that resulted in hospitalization or death..
  • Dr. Melinda Ashton, chief quality officer with Hawaii Pacific Health, told KITV4 that this is an example of why traveling may increase infection risk..
  • Dr. Julius Pham, chair of the COVID-19 committee at Queen Medical Center, told KITV4 that he believes falling COVID-19 hospitalization numbers are a clear sign that vaccines protect against hospitalization..
  • Ohio, West Virginia will permit people 16 years and older to be vaccinated COVID-19 vaccine providers who have trouble filling appointments this week can open time slots to Ohioans ages 16 and older, Gov..
  • “While there are many places where there is a great demand for the vaccine, we do have some providers who are having a hard time filling appointments,”.
  • “If a local health department or hospital is not filling all their slots this week, they may book with anyone 16 and older.”.
  • Ohio is scheduled to open vaccinations to all residents ages 16 and older on March 29, but those providers who are not filling appointments can open registration immediately to younger Ohioans..
  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine provided strong protection against sickness and eliminated COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths across all age groups, according to a late-stage study in the United States, the company announced today, reported the Associated Press (AP)..
  • “We can expect strong impact against COVID-19 across all ages and for people of all different backgrounds from widespread us of the vaccine,”.
  • Another COVID-19 surge is unlikely, but pandemic isn’t going away, expert says Mass vaccinations and naturally acquired immunity from people who have already had a coronavirus infection will likely prevent a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases in the United States, said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner, reported CNN..
  • In the United States, more than 82 million people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with that number rising every day..
  • And nearly 30 million people have had COVID-19 and recovered, with tens of millions more having contracted the coronavirus without a confirmed test, giving them some level of natural immunity..
  • Still, Gottlieb cautioned the United States will continue to see COVID-19 cases and deaths, particularly as a virus variant first identified in the United Kingdom spreads..
  • President Joe Biden announced that 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the United States in his first 58 days in office..
  • During the transition period Biden had pledged that 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses would be given in his first 100 days..
  • Children should be vaccinated against COVID-19, says Fauci Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said people are too focused on the thought of herd immunity against the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, reported CNN..
  • baby born with coronavirus antibodies When 36 weeks pregnant, a South Florida healthcare worker was given her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine..
  • Most people who have had an infection with the new coronavirus are protected against reinfection for at least 6 months, but that immunity can diminish significantly with age, finds a new study published in The Lancet medical journal..
  • New COVID-19 surge could be on its way, expert says Health officials have repeatedly warned about this surge as states’ leaders have eased restrictions, with several lifting mask mandates, reported CNN..
  • However, experts told the AP that measures to fend off the coronavirus, such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and virtual schooling, were big factors in preventing a potential ‘twindemic’ of flu and COVID-19..
  • Moderna vaccine may be approved for children ages 12-18 by fall There is no evidence that it unsafe for children to receive Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the company president said Wednesday, reported NBC News..
  • The trial is based in the United States and Canada and will evaluate how well the COVID-19 vaccines work in children..
  • Worldwide distribution of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine remains unaffected by the jab suspension in much of Europe following reports of blood clots in some people shortly after vaccination, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, reported The Washington Post..
  • “While the European Medicines Agency is investigating these events, it has reinforced its view that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is successful in protecting against COVID-19 and should continue to be used in the rollout,”.
  • According to the Post, WHO continues to caution against suspending access to vaccines and has also noted that no evidence links these events to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine..
  • Pregnancy, birth, and life with a newborn baby in the middle of the pandemic have brought on high anxiety, ever-shifting hospital protocols, and intense isolation for millions of women who have done it worldwide, reported the Associated Press (AP)..
  • The Netherlands and Ireland have joined several other countries in temporarily suspending use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after reports of abnormal blood clotting in several people, reported NPR..
  • About 117,000 doses have been administered in Ireland, most doses given to frontline healthcare workers, reported NPR..
  • Some with ‘long COVID’ say vaccines help their symptoms Some former patients still experiencing long-term health issues due to COVID-19 have reported that their symptoms were temporarily eased after receiving the coronavirus vaccine, according to a UK report, reported the New York Post..
  • Anecdotal reports suggest that a significant number of patients with long-haul COVID-19 may find symptoms, which include fatigue, headaches, and brain fog, eased after vaccination..
  • Russia and China have already started to ship out or donate their COVID-19 vaccines to other developing countries..
  • Don’t be fooled by low numbers, warns health expert COVID-19 numbers may be on the decline in the United States, but with tens of thousands of deaths expected over the coming months, experts are warning people not to drop their guard yet, reported CNN..
  • He will deliver his first prime-time address Thursday night to recognize 1 year since pandemic-related shutdowns swept across the United States, and to ask Americans for help with “what comes next,”.
  • The United States is recording at least 56,200 new COVID-19 cases and at least 1,430 virus-related deaths each day, based on a 7-day average calculated by CNBC using Johns Hopkins University data, reported CNBC..
  • clears one-shot vaccine for authorization as global deaths top 2.5 million The European Union drug regulator has recommended approval of Johnson &.
  • Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, potentially adding another weapon in the fight against this disease, reported CNBC..
  • According to current data from Johns Hopkins University, these are the numbers for the United States and worldwide:.
  • deaths more than 118 million cases globally about 2.6 million total deaths The COVID-19 mask mandate in Texas officially expired today, with Gov..
  • However, the nation top public health experts warn against loosening restrictions like mask mandates as new virus variants spread across the country, and with spring break on the horizon..
  • “With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,”.
  • Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed,”.
  • COVID-19 drug combo cuts risk of hospitalization, death by 87%, study finds A combination of two Eli Lilly antibody drugs cuts the risk of COVID-19-related hospitalization and death by 87 percent, the drugmaker announced today in a press release..
  • Dr. Daniel Skovronsky, Eli Lilly chief scientific officer and president of Lilly Research Laboratories, said in the company statement..
  • According to Eli Lilly, the findings draw from a BLAZE-1 phase 3 cohort study involving 769 participants with mild to moderate COVID-19..
  • “The consistent results observed in multiple cohorts of this trial over several months, even as new strains of COVID-19 have emerged, indicate bamlanivimab with etesevimab maintains its effects against a range of variants, particularly those circulating in the U.S.,”.
  • Biden administration announces plan to buy another 100 million J&J vaccine doses President Joe Biden has announced that his administration will buy another 100 million Johnson &.
  • Findings from a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective against a virus variant first detected in Brazil, raising hopes that continuing vaccination efforts will help curb COVID-19..
  • The variant, known as P.1, has rapidly spread across Brazil since it was first detected there in early January, and it may be capable of reinfecting people who have already recovered from COVID-19, reported The Washington Post..
  • Public health experts warn that these more transmissible variants could drive another surge in COVID-19 cases, especially as state officials lift restrictions across the United States..
  • may achieve vaccine surplus within 2 months Two months from now, the United States may have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to fill a 55,000-gallon swimming pool..
  • Crucial that people maintain COVID-19 precautions, expert says With a safer future just a few months away, it crucial that people in the United States keep practicing COVID-19 safety precautions and following health officials’ advice, Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the CDC, told CNN..
  • Dr. Chris Murray, the director of University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), told CNN that his team projections show “things will slowly but steadily get better..
  • A person with COVID-19 was found to have a variant of SARS-CoV-2 with mutations that have appeared both in the variants that were first detected in the United Kingdom and South Africa, according to U.S..
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19..
  • The CDC also says that fully vaccinated people can meet with members of one other household even if that household isn’t vaccinated, as long as they’re not at high risk of severe COVID-19..
  • Now every time public health experts talk about the trajectory of the pandemic, they focus on these virus variants, a factor that could reverse progress made against COVID-19..
  • According to The Washington Post, mass vaccination campaigns that might have brought relief have become an urgent race against the changing virus..
  • variant will cause case surge, expert says After months of devastation, the pandemic seemed to be improving, with officials reporting several weeks of significant declines in confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, reported CNN..
  • According to CNN, experts predict the nation may soon see another COVID-19 surge fueled by the B.1.1.7 variant, projected to arrive in the next 6 to 14 weeks..
  • Newly reported COVID-19 cases are stalling at high levels after weeks of decline with fewer people in the United States getting tested..
  • Now health experts warn that pandemic fatigue in the United States might jeopardize hard-won progress against COVID-19..
  • These announcements come as health experts warn the spread of more-transmissible SARS-CoV-2 variants could produce a new surge in cases..
  • “I understand the need to want to get back to normality, but you’re only going to set yourself back if you just completely push aside the public health guidelines, particularly when we’re dealing with anywhere from 55 (thousand) to 70,000 infections per day in the United States,”.
  • The risk of death from COVID-19 is roughly 10 times higher in countries where most of the population is overweight, according to a report released by the World Obesity Forum..
  • They reported that of the 2.5 million COVID-19 deaths reported by the end of February, 2.2 million were in countries where more than half the population is overweight..
  • Tim Lobstein, PhD, study author and senior policy adviser to the World Obesity Federation, told the Independent..
  • “Look at countries like Japan and South Korea where they have very low levels of COVID-19 deaths as well as very low levels of adult obesity,”.
  • Chan School of Public Health in Massachusetts, told the newspaper that “what they do in Texas matters to everybody else in the country.”.
  • He noted the state status as the second most populated in the country and as second highest with COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began..
  • Swedish officials warn that the country may need to implement its first lockdown of the pandemic as the number of COVID-19 cases surged 100 percent in Stockholm over the last 3 weeks, reported the New York Post..
  • The Swedish capital recorded 6,336 new cases of COVID-19 last week, compared with only 3,225 reported the first week of February, according to data compiled by the region..
  • According to Bloomberg, the surge in COVID-19 cases follows a warning from the government by Prime Minister Stefan Lofven that the Scandinavian nation might need to implement its first lockdown since the pandemic was declared last year..
  • Johan Bratt, the acting health and medical care director for the Stockholm region, said at a press briefing on March 3, Bloomberg reported..
  • Over 200,000 people sign up for health insurance after ACA marketplaces reopen In just 2 weeks, more than 200,000 people have signed up for healthcare coverage on the reopened healthcare marketplaces, according to the Associated Press..
  • President Joe Biden directed that the marketplaces be reopened last month in order to help people get healthcare coverage during the pandemic..
  • Texas, other states ease COVID-19 measures amid warnings On March 2, Texas became the biggest state to remove masking mandates and joined a rapidly growing movement by governors and other leaders across the nation to loosen COVID-19 restrictions..
  • This happened despite the pleas from health officials not to let their guard down — yet, reported the Associated Press..
  • Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, as his administration pushes to get the shot distributed to the public, reported The Wall Street Journal..
  • Johnson, will help speed production following the one-shot vaccine authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Feb..
  • Johnson Vice President Richard Nettles told lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week that the drugmaker had faced “significant challenges”.
  • Experts worry as states reopen, Texas stops mask mandate CNN reported that in California, Los Angeles County health officials announced the daily test positivity rate is the lowest it ever been..
  • Dr. Zeke Emanuel, who was a health adviser for the Obama White House and a member of the Biden Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, told CNN..
  • WHO says hydroxychloroquine should not be used as COVID-19 treatment In a paper published today, the World Health Organization strongly advises medical providers not to use hydroxychloroquine to treat people with COVID-19..
  • It had been touted by former President Donald Trump as a way to treat COVID-19 last year, but subsequent tests found the drug to be ineffective as a treatment for COVID-19..
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this weekend added a third vaccine to the nation arsenal against COVID-19 — the Johnson &.
  • “The emergency use authorization of a third vaccine against COVID-19 in the United States today, just over a year since the virus was identified, demonstrates extraordinary scientific commitment and progress,”.
  • Johnson vaccine, the FDA director signed off on that recommendation almost immediately, clearing the final hurdle before the drug can be distributed..
  • Finland declares a state of emergency With COVID-19 cases rising, the government of Finland has declared a state of emergency, according to Yahoo News..
  • Downtrend in COVID infections stalls The steady decline in new COVID-19 cases across the nation appears to have stalled, according to public health officials..
  • They warn that this might be because new, more transmissible COVID-19 variants are taking hold, reported The Washington Post..
  • According to the Post, the number of new infections remains critically high, with more than 125,000 cases reported over the weekend, even as COVID-related hospitalizations continue to go down..
  • 26, with nearly 2.4 million shots given, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)..
  • USA Today also reported that the House approved President Joe Biden $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package early Feb..
  • The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory CommitteeTrusted Source voted unanimously 22-0 in favor of the emergency use authorization (EUA)..
  • COVID-19 pandemic has caused more than 28.4 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than a half-million deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University..
  • Galit Alter, PhD, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a group leader at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard, told The Gazette that while the U.K..
  • COVID cases may be falling – but don’t underestimate virus, experts say Across the United States, and the world, COVID-19 seems to be losing its grip — cases, hospitalizations, and deaths rapidly and steeply plunging, reported the New York Times..
  • Critically, the new COVID-19 variants might mean, “We’re essentially facing a pandemic within a pandemic,”.
  • Influenza cases have nearly disappeared from the United States, with reports coming in at far lower levels than has been seen in decades..
  • Dr. Nathan Mick, head of the emergency department at Maine Medical Center in Portland, the state largest hospital, told the Associated Press (AP), “I have seen zero documented flu cases this winter.”.
  • Pfizer studying third booster shot against COVID-19 Even with the Pfizer vaccine 95 percent effectiveness at preventing coronavirus infection after two doses, the drugmaker is looking at the effectiveness of a third dose, reported NBC News..
  • Pfizer is trying to understand the effect of a booster shot on immunity against COVID-19 caused by circulating and any newly emerging COVID-19 variants..
  • FDA says that Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be stored at regular freezer temperatures The Food and Drug Administration said today that the Pfizer vaccine can be stored in conventional freezers instead of specialized freezers capable of ultra-low temperatures..
  • A recently released Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis finds the single-dose vaccine candidate produced by drugmaker Johnson &.
  • Johnson says the company has 4 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine ready to ship as soon as it receives an emergency use authorization (EUA), which could happen this week, reported CNN..
  • The FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will meet Friday to review data on the vaccine candidate and decide whether to issue an EUA for adults age 18 and older..
  • According to CNN, upon authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) makes recommendations to the CDC on how the vaccine should be used, including age groups and what type of schedule…

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