New coronavirus infections are down 56.8% nationwide for the reason that delta variant surge peaked within the first week of September, a USA TODAY evaluation of Johns Hopkins University information exhibits.
Cases are down in each area – the South, Mid-Atlantic, most of New England, the Midwest, the West. Some of the states hit hardest within the delta wave – Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, South Carolina and Tennessee – are reporting instances at a price about one-sixth of the place they had been much less than two months in the past. Arkansas and Louisiana instances have fallen by more than three-quarters since then, too.
But there are some warning indicators from states, principally in colder climes and sometimes with low vaccination charges in some communities. Compared to the week of Sept. 4, the tempo of recent instances is up about 85% in Alaska, 63% in Michigan and 56% in Montana. They’re even up 39% in Vermont, which was an early chief in vaccination.
The U.S. has seen sharp declines previously, solely to see instances rise once more. Winter may drive social gatherings indoors, the place infections can unfold more simply.
Melissa Nolan, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics on the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, stays cautiously optimistic.
“Our models continue to predict a decline and stabilization of cases through the rest of the calendar year,” Nolan stated. “That is assuming we do not see another new variant take hold in our population.”
– Mike Stucka
Also within the information:
►An order barring the president of the Chicago police union from making public statements encouraging members to disobey the town’s vaccine mandate expired after a decide denied a request to increase it.
►The North Dakota Department of Health on Tuesday switched off feedback on its social media accounts, saying it was doing so to fight the unfold of misinformation. The remark ban “will be applied to all posts, and not be specific to any particular topic,” the company stated.
►Maine well being care facilities are dealing with a staffing crunch, however vaccination mandates are usually not the trigger, the chief of the state’s largest well being community stated Tuesday. Maine Health CEO Andrew Mueller blamed an growing older workforce and workers leaving the business due to the stress of working through the pandemic.
►Green Bay Packers huge receiver Davante Adams, who ranks second within the NFL in catches and third in receiving yards, tested positive for COVID-19 and can probably miss Thursday’s recreation in opposition to the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals. Adams says he is vaccinated.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 45 million confirmed COVID-19 instances and almost 738,000 deaths, in accordance to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 244 million instances and 4.96 million deaths. More than 190 million Americans – 57% of the inhabitants – are totally vaccinated, in keeping with the CDC.
📘 What we’re studying: Research through the pandemic has proven these with mental health disorders are more vulnerable to COVID-19, but it surely wasn’t till final week that the CDC added them to the checklist of underlying medical situations related to a better danger of extreme illness
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- FDA panel’s OK of Pfizer vaccine for youths 5-11 a significant step
- Embattled Florida surgeon basic defends refusal to put on masks
- COVID more dangerous than flu for kids, but RSV may be worse
- Councilwoman says Lyft driver pulled gun on her husband over masks difficulty
- FDA panel to weigh in on Pfizer vaccine for ages 5-11 at present
- Alabama governor says she will not implement federal vaccine mandate
- Unvaccinated Americans will face more durable guidelines for reentry into US
- Long-term facet impact of coronavirus, contains ‘mind fog,’ research says
- Gov. DeSantis desires $5K bonuses to lure unvaccinated police to Florida
FDA panel’s OK of Pfizer vaccine for youths 5-11 a significant step
After a dialogue the place it was identified more than 40% of American kids ages 5-11 had contracted COVID-19 by the tip of June, a panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers voted 17-0 Tuesday to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for youths that age.
The resounding assist for the vaccine is a significant transfer towards making these school-age kids eligible for inoculation, probably by subsequent week. Still, three different steps stay. The FDA must log off, an impartial CDC advisory panel will evaluate the info, after which the CDC director must give her clearance.
The FDA committee of vaccine specialists and pediatricians stated that, whereas considerations stay concerning the unknowns, the info was enough to assist utilizing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on this age group as a result of its advantages outweigh the dangers.
The information figures to be welcome by mother and father desperate to get their youngsters a excessive degree of safety in opposition to the coronavirus. Pfizer-BioNTech reported 10 micrograms of their vaccine, a 3rd of the dose administered to adults, is 90.7% efficient at stopping symptomatic COVID, a rising concern for kids.
One research introduced by the CDC discovered that 42% of youngsters ages 5-11 within the U.S. had been contaminated with COVID-19 as of the tip of June. The highest hospitalization charges for kids occurred in September, so many youngsters remained vulnerable after the summer time, the CDC’s Dr. Fiona Havers advised the committee.
— Karen Weintraub and Elizabeth Weise
Florida’s new surgeon basic, underneath hearth for his refusal to put on a masks for a gathering with a state legislator who has most cancers, is trying to defend his actions as he takes more flak.
Dr. Joseph Ladapo was advised by Sen. Tina Polsky that she had a severe medical situation — later revealed to be breast most cancers — and was involved about COVID-19 transmission. He refused to put on a masks and provided as a substitute to fulfill Polsky exterior, which she declined.
In a Twitter submit Tuesday, Ladapo tried to elucidate his considering, writing: “Having a conversation with someone while wearing a mask is not something I find productive, especially when other options exist. It is important for me to communicate effectively with people. I can’t do that when half of my face is covered.”
His stance runs counter to the CDC and different medical specialists who’ve suggested utilizing masks to forestall unfold of the coronavirus.
Also Tuesday, the Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes Jr., a Black Republican minister who’s main a statewide effort to get folks of shade vaccinated, stated of Ladapo: “For that top doctor to not wear a mask is disrespectful and dishonorable.”
COVID-19 isn’t the only viral disease children are catching this year. Influenza, which sends thousands of children to a hospital each season, is predicted to ramp up in the coming months. USA TODAY analyzed data and spoke to pediatric specialists around the country to understand the risks of COVID-19 in children relative to other common viral diseases.
Dr. David Buchholz, a professor of pediatrics at Columbia University’s Irving Medical Center, says the flu, which is dormant through the summer, is not a simple comparison to COVID-19, which infects year-round. What’s clear, he says, is that the risk of COVID-19 outweighs that of the flu during a typical season. Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is particularly dangerous, killing 100 to 500 children a year, he said.
“If you have an infant or toddler you should be a lot more worried about RSV than COVID,” Buchholz said. “A lot more children die of RSV than COVID, particularly children under 2.”
A St. Louis County councilwoman says a Lyft driver pulled a gun on her husband when he requested the driving force to put on a masks. Councilwoman Lisa Clancy tweeted at Lyft saying, “one of your drivers just cocked a gun on my husband when he asked him to wear a mask (which is your policy).” Clancy stated her husband wished to report the incident, however the driver canceled the journey and erased information of the transaction.
“Lyft is working with police and also has suspended the driver,” she tweeted and Lyft and police confirmed. “We are satisfied with how Lyft is handling this.”
A panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers will vote Tuesday on whether or not to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to be used in kids 5 to 11. Once the advisory committee has authorised the vaccine, three steps stay earlier than it will be out there to kids: The FDA must log off, an impartial CDC advisory panel will evaluate the info, after which the CDC director must log off. Children are far much less probably than adults to be hospitalized with COVID-19 or endure long-term penalties from the illness, placing a better burden on the vaccines to show protected and efficient to justify their dangers.
Meanwhile, Moderna introduced Monday that its vaccine for kids ages 6 to 11 exhibits a “robust” immune response in a research of more than 4,500 youths. Moderna stated it plans to submit the info to the FDA “in the near term.”
One research introduced by the CDC discovered that 42% of American kids ages 5-11 had been contaminated with COVID-19 by the tip of June. The highest hospitalization charges for kids occurred in September, so many kids remained vulnerable after the summer time, the CDC’s Dr. Fiona Havers advised the committee.
In response to Auburn University’s just lately introduced vaccine mandate for all workers, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued an executive order of her personal Monday, instructing all state companies to not implement the federal vaccine mandate issued by President Joe Biden that applies to firms using 100 or more folks.
In a tweet, Ivey stated: “The federal government’s overreach has given us no other option.” Auburn introduced Friday that each one college workers need to be vaccinated by Dec. 8.
First-year Auburn soccer coach Bryan Harsin, who contracted COVID in August and missed 10 days of preseason observe, declined to answer reporters’ questions Monday on whether or not he was vaccinated. The college stated as of Oct. 21, a minimum of 82% of workers with university-sponsored advantages had been totally or partially vaccinated.
– Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser
Unvaccinated Americans reentering the country will face stricter rules starting Nov. 8, when the U.S. will once more open its doorways to international vacationers – as lengthy as they’re totally vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. American residents with out proof of vaccination “will have to produce documentation of a negative test within one day of departure” to be allowed again within the U.S., the White House stated Monday. The present rule permits the take a look at to be carried out inside three days of journey.
Fully vaccinated Americans will nonetheless have a three-day window for COVID-19 testing with unfavorable outcomes as lengthy as they’ll present proof of vaccination.
– Bailey Schulz and Eve Chen
Long-term COVID-19 negative effects could include memory loss and other cognitive dysfunctions generally labeled as “brain fog,” in keeping with a research that examined 740 sufferers within the Mount Sinai Health System. The research was printed within the peer-reviewed medical journal JAMA Network Open.
Another research that documented “brain fog” was printed by Oxford University and the National Institute for Health Research earlier this month. Cognitive signs had been seen in about 8% of sufferers and are more frequent among the many aged. The research additionally discovered frequent lingering signs, such as hassle respiration, belly illnesses, fatigue, ache, anxiousness and despair.
– Michelle Shen
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is pushing for the state Legislature to authorize $5,000 bonuses and different incentives to lure police officers from different states. More particularly, DeSantis is aiming to recruit these from jurisdictions with vaccine necessities who do not need to comply, encouraging them to relocate to the mandate-less Sunshine State. In many components of the nation, police officers and their unions have steadfastly resisted the requirement. DeSantis has raised his nationwide profile, significantly among the many Republican base, by fiercely opposing masks and vaccine mandates all through the pandemic.
“In the next legislative session, I’m going to hopefully sign legislation that gives a $5,000 bonus to any out-of-state law enforcement that relocates in Florida,” DeSantis stated Sunday in a Fox interview. “So NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle, should you’re not being handled nicely, we’ll deal with you higher right here.”
Contributing: The Associated Press