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 a whole lot of younger, in any other case wholesome folks for critical 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 members of the family and urges them to get vaccinated. She mentioned they cry and inform her they thought the pandemic was a “hoax,” or “political,” or concentrating on another age group or pores and skin coloration.
“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 she or he had a low-grade fever, sore throat, fatigue, congestion and sneezing. She spent a weekend with different members of the family – and eight of them finally examined constructive for the virus, together with her husband. Most suffered extra extreme signs than she did, she mentioned.
“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 in the information:
►North Carolina kids would want parental permission earlier than they might obtain COVID-19 vaccines approved by federal regulators for emergency use in laws that superior by means of a Senate committee Wednesday.
►Dr. Anthony Fauci advisable mother and father observe the American Academy of Pediatrics steering calling for everybody older than 2 to put on masks at college no matter vaccination standing. Fauci informed “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 is not going to 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 instances and 609,600 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The international totals: More than 191.7 million instances and 4.1 million deaths. Nearly 161.9 million Americans — 48.8% of the inhabitants — have been absolutely vaccinated, according to the CDC.
📘What we’re studying: Amid fears over COVID instances in Congress, the White House and public well being specialists urge vaccinations.
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- US to keep Mexican, Canadian borders closed through Aug. 21
- Anti-vaxxers using fake names, code words to skirt social media bans
- Frustration over spike in infections that’s ‘largely preventable’
- 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, might 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.
The U.S. Travel Association estimates that each month the border is closed costs $1.5 billion. Canadian officials say Canada had about 22 million foreign visitors in 2019 – about 15 million of them from the U.S.
– Bailey Schulz and Morgan Hines
Anti-vaxx teams are disguising themselves to evade detection from social media platforms cracking down on COVID vaccine misinformation, NBC News reported.
Some of the groups are using names like “Dance Party” or “Dinner Party” and resorting to code words to avoid being banned from Facebook while still spreading their message.
NBC News said anti-vaxxers are using similar tactic on Instagram, “resembling referring to vaccinated folks as ‘swimmers’ and the act of vaccination as becoming a member of a ‘swim membership.’
The newest nationwide spike in coronavirus instances — new infections have nearly tripled in the U.S. during the last two weeks — is irritating well being care staff nonetheless reeling from the brutal winter surge.
“They are thinking this is déjà vu all over again, and there is some anger because we know that this is a largely preventable situation, and people are not taking advantage of the vaccine,” said Chad Neilsen, director of infection prevention at UF Health Jacksonville in Florida, where the number of COVID-19 patients at its two campuses skyrocketed from 16 in mid-May to 134.
On Wednesday, the seven-day common of each day vaccine doses administered nationally dipped below 300,000 for the first time since late December, when vaccines had been scarce.
Not coincidentally, as one-third of the country’s eligible population remains unvaccinated and the delta variant continues to spread, the seven-day average for daily new cases rose over the past two weeks to more than 37,000 on Tuesday, up from less than 13,700 on July 6.
“It is like seeing the car wreck before it happens,” said Dr. James Williams, a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine at Texas Tech who’s seeing younger, overwhelmingly unvaccinated COVID-19 patients. “None of us want to go through this again.”
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, informed the New York Times.
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 non-public well being information shared by well being care professionals with out permission – and specialists say it has no bearing on who can ask or reply questions on well being standing outdoors 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 specialists say the variant is unlikely to take maintain in the U.S. in the identical approach the delta variant has.
Dr. S. Wesley Long, Houston Methodist’s medical director of diagnostic biology, mentioned the variant does not appear to be as easily transmissible as the delta variant. Lambda first unfold in Peru; in the U.S., there have been fewer than 700 sequenced instances recognized. While it does have some mutations much like different variants which have raised concern, it isn’t spreading globally in a approach that ought to elevate the identical alarm.
“I know there’s great interest in lambda, but I think people really need to be focused on delta,” Long mentioned. “Most importantly, regardless of the variant, our best defense against all these variants is vaccination.”
– Ryan W. 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 line with authorities information launched Wednesday.
Life expectancy at delivery declined by 1.5 years in 2020 to 77.3 – the bottom stage since 2003, the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics discovered. Between 1942 and 1943, through the Second World War, life expectancy in the U.S. declined 2.9 years.
“The numbers are devastating,” mentioned 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 specialists mentioned the life expectancy information is additional proof of the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of coloration.
COVID-19 deaths contributed to about 74% of the decline in life expectancy among the many common U.S. inhabitants, in line with the info. Another 11% of the decline may 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 thus far been distributed to 107,000 folks.
But some candidates mentioned they struggled to show to FEMA that their relative had died from COVID if one other reason for dying, resembling underlying situations like coronary heart illness or diabetes, was listed on the dying certificates – particularly through 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 12 months. Her paperwork had been lastly accepted, however she has seen no cash.
“I’m still waiting,” Kpoto mentioned, “It’s a process.”
– Desireé Williams
Contributing: The Associated Press