Fully vaccinated adults 65 years and older have been 94% much less prone to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than folks of the identical age who weren’t vaccinated, new knowledge from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals.
Even folks in that age group who had solely gotten one dose of both the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine have been 64% much less prone to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than individuals who weren’t vaccinated. Currently two-thirds of Americans 65 and over are totally vaccinated, based on CDC.
These are the primary massive scale, real-world findings within the United States confirming medical trial knowledge displaying the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines forestall extreme COVID-19 sickness. People have been thought-about partially vaccinated two weeks after their first dose of mRNA vaccine and totally vaccinated two weeks after their second dose.
The outcomes are from two hospital networks masking 24 hospitals in 14 states from January to March. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine wasn’t licensed till late February so it was not included within the examine.
– Elizabeth Weise
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►Detroit drivers who take a metropolis resident for a coronavirus shot can get $50. There is a $150 three-person cap per automobile, however there’s no restrict on the variety of journeys. Compensation will come within the type of a pay as you go debit card.
►Spain’s well being officers say vaccination efforts are choosing up tempo after a document week in each the arrival of doses and the variety of photographs administered.
►Governors in Oregon and Washington are about to impose new restrictions as coronavirus infections and hospitalizations rise to alarming ranges in each states.
►Russia has launched a significant marketing campaign utilizing ministries, firms and pro-Kremlin media to advertise the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine and unfold pretend information that the West and the European Union try to undermine the shot, an EU company mentioned in a report Wednesday.
►More ladies than males are getting vaccinated towards the coronavirus in Maine. The pattern in Maine displays a broader pattern across the nation. Nearly 58% of the individuals who have obtained their ultimate dose in Maine have been ladies.
►The Wisconsin State Fair is getting ready to return this summer season after the coronavirus pandemic worn out the occasion for the primary time in 75 years, organizers mentioned Wednesday.
►Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is looking for obligatory COVID-19 vaccinations for public staff, saying it’s a matter of public security: “You’re interacting with the public. That’s a part of your job, by definition.”
►Exactly one 12 months after the U.S. handed 1 million coronavirus cases, the nation has reported a staggering complete of greater than 32 million infections. But the newest numbers additionally present the U.S. pandemic may lastly be easing, based on Johns Hopkins University data.
►Children as younger as 6 months outdated are now taking part in trials studying the security and effectiveness of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, ABC News experiences. Dr. Zinaida Good, a analysis fellow on the Stanford most cancers middle, enrolled each her sons in Stanford Hospital’s Pfizer trial. Her son Soren, 7 months outdated, obtained his first shot final week and is doing effectively, she mentioned.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has greater than 32.1 million confirmed coronavirus instances and 573,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The world totals: More than 148 million instances and three.1 million deaths. More than 297.5 million vaccine doses have been distributed within the U.S. and 232.4 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
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- US could lastly be turning nook on pandemic
- For no less than 3 states, numbers proceed to climb
- Baby bust: Births fall dramatically in lots of locations amid pandemic
- School masks mandate attracts protest in Arizona city
- India reaches 200,000 deaths amid COVID ‘good storm’
- Door-to-door vaccines essential to reaching underserved
- Southwest Airlines flight attendant sues after husband dies from virus
- ‘Cuomo chips’ could also be passing into historical past
- CDC updates masking tips for totally vaccinated Americans
Potential COVID surges could have collapsed in almost all states, a USA TODAY evaluation of the info reveals. National case-count leaders New York, Michigan and now Florida all have reported falling case counts. But the risk has additionally fallen in most states with smaller populations.
“We should be mostly heading down toward a new normal,” tweeted Dr. Ashish Ok. Jha, dean of Brown University’s faculty of public well being, noting that the majority U.S. adults at the moment are no less than partially vaccinated. Clinical trials are underway for vaccinating kids as younger as 6 months outdated.
Florida, which nonetheless leads the nation in new instances, has seen these case counts fall 12% from the earlier week. It solely turned the chief as a result of counts in Michigan have plunged greater than 36% from earlier this month.
– Mike Stucka
At least three states are bucking the downward pattern, as a substitute combating persistently rising instances. Colorado and Washington have seen instances greater than doubled since their lulls in March. The United States remains to be reporting about 376,000 instances per week, however that quantity has fallen about 24.5% in lower than two weeks.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is placing 15 counties that embody the state’s largest cities into the state’s excessive threat class beginning Friday, imposing restrictions that embrace banning indoor restaurant eating. As Brown issued her order on Tuesday, she mentioned rising COVID-19 hospitalizations threaten to overwhelm docs. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is anticipated to order new restrictions subsequent week for a number of counties that will drive companies and church buildings to scale back their indoor gathering capability from 50% to 25%.
– Mike Stucka
The pandemic-driven lockdown that paralyzed a lot of the nation greater than a 12 months in the past apparently didn’t spur baby-making. Births even have fallen dramatically in lots of states through the outbreak, based on an Associated Press evaluation of preliminary knowledge from half the nation. Nationally, even earlier than the epidemic, the variety of infants born within the U.S. was falling. But knowledge from 25 states suggests a a lot steeper decline in 2020 and into 2021.
“When there’s a crisis, I don’t think people are thinking about reproduction,” mentioned Dr. John Santelli, a Columbia University professor of inhabitants and household well being.
A college masks mandate has touched off feelings that some residents of tiny Vail, Arizona, say is tearing their group aside – even thought the district contends that 90% of the group assist it. KVOA.com spoke to a number of the scores of fogeys and college students, most with out masks, who turned out for the district Board of Governors assembly on Tuesday evening after the district introduced it might not drop its requirement that college students put on masks. District leaders, citing safety considerations, canceled the assembly. The protest heated up, and finally the board did hear to 5 college students and their dad and mom.
The conflict cannot final for much longer – the college 12 months ends in a month.
Last March, when COVID-19 arrived in India, the nation of 1.4 billion folks shortly went into lockdown for 2 months, protecting an infection charges beneath tight management. There was a spike in September, however then the numbers got here again down. By February, instances have been at an all-time low, and folks began attending cricket video games, non secular festivals and weddings. Now, the country’s caseload is growing exponentially and its well being care system, notably in smaller cities, is totally overwhelmed. India surpassed 200,000 deaths Wednesday because the surge tears by dense cities and rural areas alike.
“It’s almost like India hit a perfect storm,” mentioned S.V. Subramanian, a professor of inhabitants well being and geography on the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
– Karen Weintraub
Public well being specialists say door-to-door vaccination outreach to underserved neighborhoods is required to protect vulnerable communities of color who’ve suffered disproportionate deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19. Lack of transportation, bother taking day without work work and different logistical challenges make it sophisticated to get to the physician or clinic for a shot.
“When we’re talking about going into the neighborhoods, we’re talking about bringing health care services to patients where they are,” New Orleans nurse Sophia Thomas mentioned. “If we didn’t, the likelihood that they would be able to get the services, get the vaccines, is limited.”
– Nada Hassanein
A Southwest Airlines flight attendant has filed a wrongful loss of life lawsuit towards the airline, alleging that lax COVID protocols during mandatory training final summer season and defective contact tracing after an attendee examined constructive led to her husband’s loss of life from the virus. Carol Madden, a 69-year-old Baltimore-based flight attendant who has labored for Southwest since 2016, is searching for greater than $3 million in damages for what the lawsuit says was the airline’s negligence, based on the go well with filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland.
“Every touchpoint was cleaned” for passengers, she advised USA TODAY. “They did not do that in my training last year. I love my airline, but they didn’t love me back.”
– Dawn Gilbertson
Lawmakers in New York state say they may ease a number of the COVID restrictions ordered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Among the is the “Cuomo chips” rule that mandates meals purchases with alcohol at bars and eating places.
“As more New Yorkers continue to get vaccinated, and our infection rates continue to decline, it is time to begin removing certain restrictions and regulations that are no longer necessary,” Democratic State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins mentioned in an announcement.
New masking tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say totally vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear a mask outside. Public well being officers mentioned Tuesday that totally vaccinated Americans can unmask whereas strolling, operating, mountain climbing or biking outside alone or with members of their family.
Vaccinated folks additionally don’t have to put on a masks throughout small out of doors gatherings with totally vaccinated household and associates, or at gatherings with a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated folks, they mentioned. In addition, totally vaccinated people don’t have to put on a masks at out of doors eating places with associates from a number of households, the steerage mentioned.
The CDC nonetheless recommends totally vaccinated folks put on a masks in indoor public settings and at out of doors public settings or venues the place masks are required.
“The bottom line is clear, if you’re vaccinated you can do more things more safely both outdoors as well as indoors,” President Joe Biden mentioned in a later White House briefing Tuesday. “For those who haven’t gotten their vaccination yet, especially if you’re younger or thinking you don’t need it, this is another great reason to go and get vaccinated now.”
– Adrianna Rodriguez
Contributing: The Associated Press.