The United States reported a report 949 new variant instances on Thursday night time, bringing the nation to five,804 identified instances of variants that threaten a declining degree of coronavirus instances. With Vermont’s reported instances, each state in America has now found variants.
The variants can unfold extra simply, dodge therapies and immunities, or each. In all, the U.S. has added greater than 2,000 variant instances within the final week. Thursday’s report is the primary since Tuesday’s.
The greatest adjustments have been in Texas, which added 182 instances to achieve 420; Florida added 159 instances to achieve 912; Pennsylvania doubled its tally to 138; andIowa went from 25 variant instances Tuesday to 63 Thursday.
Vermont reported its first 5 instances of B.1.1.7, a variant first seen within the United Kingdom. It is America’s commonest variant.
The P.1 variant first seen in Brazil was noticed in a number of new states, with 4 instances in Arizona, two in Nebraska and one in Massachusetts. The B.1.351 variant first seen in South Africa was detected in Hawaii, which reported 5 instances.
Meanwhile, a new analysis says the coronavirus pandemic most likely began in China’s Hubei province a month or two earlier than late December, when a cluster of instances tied to a seafood market was first detected.
And Utah is among the many newest states to announce an expansion in COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, with residents 16 years and older allowed to get the vaccine beginning March 24. Maryland appears to do the identical by April 27, whereas Illinois is aiming for April 12. Nevada can be making its vaccines obtainable to these 16 years and older beginning Monday, however provided that they’ve an underlying well being situation.
Also within the information:
►President Joe Biden said on Twitter that his goal of administering 100 million coronavirus vaccinations will probably be given Friday, 42 days forward of his goal date. Biden beforehand set a goal of 100 million pictures in 100 days.
►The Orlando Sentinel filed a lawsuit in opposition to the Florida Department of Health Thursday for “allegedly violating the state’s public records law by not releasing location information on mutated strains of COVID-19,” whilst variants quickly unfold across the state, the paper mentioned.
►AMC Theatres mentioned it can have 98% of its U.S. theaters open by Friday, together with greater than 40 areas in California. Movie theaters have been among the many hardest-hit companies by the pandemic.
►A fourth lawmaker within the Idaho House of Representatives has examined constructive for COVID-19 in lower than every week’s time, simply as lawmakers are debating a invoice that might ban the state’s native governments from mandating masks.
►More than 60 Iowans have examined constructive for a variant of the coronavirus that consultants warn spreads extra simply and should be deadlier than the model that beforehand swept via the state, officials announced Wednesday.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has over 29.6 million confirmed coronavirus instances and greater than 539,600 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The international totals: 121.7 million instances and a pair of.68 million deaths. More than 151 million vaccine doses have been distributed within the U.S. and 115.7 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
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Low-dose aspirin might assist keep away from COVID’s worst outcomes
A brand new research is including to the rising physique of proof that low-dose aspirin helps reduce the harsher results of contracting the coronavirus.
The research, carried out by George Washington University researchers and printed within the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia, examined the data of 412 sufferers admitted to U.S. hospitals with COVID-19 from March to July of final yr.
Of these, practically 24% had taken aspirin seven days or much less earlier than hospital admission or inside 24 hours after admission. More than 40% of these sufferers had improved ends in key areas in comparison with sufferers who didn’t take a budget, broadly obtainable drug.
“Aspirin may have lung-protective effects and reduce the need for mechanical ventilation, ICU admission, and in-hospital mortality in hospitalized COVID-19 patients,” the report concluded.
The researchers warned that a randomized controlled trial would be needed to establish a causal relationship. But a study conducted around the same time last year in Israel also found a link between taking so-called baby aspirin and better COVID-19 outcomes.
Anti-Asian hashtags soared after Trump first tied COVID-19 to China on Twitter, study says
The week after then-President Donald Trump first used the hashtag #chinesevirus on Twitter, the number of people using the hashtag increased more than tenfold, and they were much more likely to include anti-Asian hashtags than those who used #covid19 in their tweets.
Anti-Asian bias and attacks have grown exponentially over the past year in conjunction with anti-Chinese rhetoric. This week’s deadly shooting in Atlanta, in which six of the eight people killed were of Asian descent, has contributed to fears throughout the Asian-American community.
Trump’s use of the phrase in speeches and on Twitter, which critics called racist, preceded a cascade of its use by others online. The mean number of daily users in the #covid19 group rose by 379% after Trump’s tweet, compared with an increase of #chinesevirus by 8,351%.
“There have been a whole lot of arguments that ‘Chinese virus’ was a scientific time period and was no completely different than COVID-19. But the truth is, you see a big distinction,” mentioned Yulin Hswen, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics on the University of California, San Francisco.
She was one among a gaggle of researchers who tracked the variety of anti-Asian hashtags that have been used along with the impartial hashtag #covid19 in contrast with #chinesevirus. They discovered proof of an affiliation between the latter phrase and anti-Asian language. Read the full story.
– Elizabeth Weise
Contributing: Mike Stucka, USA TODAY; The Associated Press