An Alabama doctor glumly says she is making “a lot of progress” in encouraging folks to vaccinate – as she struggles to maintain them alive.
Dr. Brytney Cobia, a hospitalist at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, wrote in a recent Facebook post she is treating quite a lot of younger, in any other case wholesome folks for severe coronavirus infections.
“One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine,” she wrote. “I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.”
In her submit, Cobia wrote that when a affected person dies, she hugs their relations and urges them to get vaccinated. She stated they cry and inform her they thought the pandemic was a “hoax,” or “political,” or concentrating on another age group or pores and skin shade.
“They wish they could go back. But they can’t,” Cobia wrote. “So they thank me and they go get the vaccine. And I go back to my office, write their death note, and say a small prayer that this loss will save more lives.”
Cobia was pregnant when she battled COVID-19 final summer season, and he or she had a low-grade fever, sore throat, fatigue, congestion and sneezing. She spent a weekend with different relations – and eight of them in the end examined constructive for the virus, together with her husband. Most suffered extra extreme signs than she did, she stated.
“The fear that I feel for myself and my unborn baby is bad enough, but the guilt that I feel for exposing people that trusted me is what I want to focus on,” she wrote in a Facebook post at the time. “Don’t be me. Don’t wear a mask everywhere else in the world EXCEPT around your core.”
Also within the information:
►North Carolina youngsters would want parental permission earlier than they might obtain COVID-19 vaccines approved by federal regulators for emergency use in laws that superior via a Senate committee Wednesday.
►Dr. Anthony Fauci advisable mother and father comply with the American Academy of Pediatrics steering calling for everybody older than 2 to put on masks in school no matter vaccination standing. Fauci instructed “CBS This Morning” the CDC is reviewing its guidance calling for only unvaccinated children and adults to wear masks.
►Public health researchers called the rise in cases and hospitalizations in Arkansas a “raging forest fire,” and the state’s top health official warned he expects significant outbreaks in schools. Only 35% of Arkansans are fully vaccinated.
►Las Vegas workers are now required to wear masks indoors, however the mandate will not be prolonged to vacationers strolling the strip or gathering in casinos, Clark County commissioners determined. The new mandate will stay in place till not less than Aug. 17.
📈Today’s numbers: The U.S. has had greater than 34.1 million confirmed COVID-19 circumstances and 609,600 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The international totals: More than 191.7 million circumstances and 4.1 million deaths. Nearly 161.9 million Americans — 48.8% of the inhabitants — have been totally vaccinated, according to the CDC.
📘What we’re studying: Amid fears over COVID circumstances in Congress, the White House and public well being consultants urge vaccinations.
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- US to keep Mexican, Canadian borders closed through Aug. 21
- Johnson & Johnson vaccine may be less effective against delta variant
- Get hip to your HIPAA rights: Questions about vaccination status are OK
- Lambda variant arrives in Texas, may not be as transmissible as delta
- US life expectancy sees largest drop since WWII
- FEMA funeral help funds not simple to assert
The U.S. will continue to restrict non-essential travelers from Mexico and Canada via land and ferry at least through Aug. 21, according to documents to be published in the Federal Register. The previous border restrictions were set to end Thursday. Travelers from Canada and Mexico can still come into the U.S. by air with proof of a negative COVID test or recovery from COVID. The borders were first closed to leisure travelers in March 2020 due to the pandemic. The restrictions have been extended on a monthly basis ever since.
Canada announced Monday it would reopen its borders to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents Aug. 9, with plans to allow fully vaccinated travelers from any country on Sept. 7.
– Bailey Schulz and Morgan Hines
The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine may not be as effective against the delta variant as those with mRNA technology, according to a new study. The study, posted by bioRxiv, says that the 13 million people who received the one-shot J&J vaccine may need to receive a second dose, ideally of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
Although the study has not been peer-reviewed nor published, the findings align with studies of the AstraZeneca vaccine that concludes one dose of the vaccine is 33% effective against symptomatic disease of the delta variant and 60% effective against the variant after the second dose. The results contradict studies published by Johnson & Johnson that say a single dose of its vaccine is effective against the variant.
“The message that we wanted to give was not that people shouldn’t get the J&J vaccine, but we hope that in the future, it will be boosted with either another dose of J&J or a boost with Pfizer or Moderna,” Nathaniel Landau, a virologist at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine who led the study, told the New York Times.
Get hip to your HIPAA rights: Questions about vaccination status are OK
No matter what Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says, she can be asked about her COVID vaccination status and companies can require proof of inoculation.
The Georgia Republican, who was suspended from Twitter for 12 hours this week for spreading COVID misinformation on the online platform, invoked her “HIPAA rights” Tuesday in declining to inform reporters whether or not she has been vaccinated.
But the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 protects sufferers from having their personal well being information shared by well being care professionals with out permission – and consultants say it has no bearing on who can ask or reply questions on well being standing exterior a well being care setting.
— Brett Molina and Kelly Tyko
A Houston-area hospital reported its first case of the lambda variant of the coronavirus, however public well being consultants say the variant is unlikely to take maintain within the U.S. in the identical means the delta variant has.
Dr. S. Wesley Long, Houston Methodist’s medical director of diagnostic biology, stated the variant does not seem to be as simply transmissible as the delta variant. Lambda first unfold in Peru; within the U.S., there have been fewer than 700 sequenced circumstances recognized. While it does have some mutations much like different variants which have raised concern, it isn’t spreading globally in a means that ought to increase the identical alarm.
“I know there’s great interest in lambda, but I think people really need to be focused on delta,” Long stated. “Most importantly, regardless of the variant, our best defense against all these variants is vaccination.”
– Ryan Miller
The United States saw the largest one-year drop in life expectancy since World War II during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Hispanic and Black populations noticed the biggest declines, in response to authorities knowledge launched Wednesday.
Life expectancy at beginning declined by 1.5 years in 2020 to 77.3 – the bottom degree since 2003, the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics discovered. Between 1942 and 1943, in the course of the Second World War, life expectancy within the U.S. declined 2.9 years.
“The numbers are devastating,” stated Chantel Martin, an assistant professor of epidemiology on the Gillings School of Global Public Health on the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. “The declines that we see, particularly among Hispanic and non-Hispanic Black population, are massive.”
Health consultants stated the life expectancy knowledge is additional proof of the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of shade.
COVID-19 deaths contributed to about 74% of the decline in life expectancy among the many basic U.S. inhabitants, in response to the information. Another 11% of the decline can be attributed to will increase in deaths from accidents or unintentional accidents, together with drug overdose deaths. Read more here.
– Grace Hauck
Americans who misplaced family members to COVID-19 can apply for as much as $9,000 in funeral help, however some are finding it hard to get the money. More than $710 million has to date been distributed to 107,000 folks.
But some candidates stated they struggled to show to FEMA that their relative had died from COVID if one other reason behind dying, such as underlying situations like coronary heart illness or diabetes, was listed on the dying certificates – particularly in the course of the early days of the pandemic when testing was restricted. FEMA says it’s streamlining the paperwork, however Kalpana Kpoto says she submitted paperwork 3 times on the FEMA web site after her mom died final yr. Her paperwork had been lastly permitted, however she has seen no cash.
“I’m still waiting,” Kpoto stated, “It’s a process.”
– Desireé Williams
Contributing: The Associated Press