Lingering COVID symptoms are common, new studies find; US passes 700k deaths. Latest COVID-19 updates

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Two studies this week added to a growing body of research finding that symptoms of COVID-19 are common, especially in patients with severe cases.

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Of the 270,000 people who the researchers recovered from COVID-19, 37% still had at least one symptom three to six months later, According to a study by Oxford University and the National Institute for Health Research published on Tuesday.

The study concluded, “COVID-19 appears to be associated with long-term effects that are common and varied.”

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The study found that the most common lingering symptoms included trouble breathing, stomach problems, fatigue, pain, and anxiety and depression.

The study also looked at cognitive symptoms, including “brain fog,” a phenomenon characterized by “word-finding difficulties or poor concentration.” Cognitive symptoms were observed in approximately 8% of patients and were more common in the elderly.

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The study also found evidence of long-term symptoms in people who recovered from the flu, but symptoms months after infection were more than twice as common with COVID-19 as they were with influenza.

During this, A study released on Wednesday Out of 2,433 patients Those who were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, found that 45% reported at least one symptom a year after being released from the hospital. The most common symptoms include fatigue, chest tightness, sweating, anxiety and muscle aches.

In severe cases, 54% reported at least one symptom a year after leaving the hospital. But lingering symptoms were also common for less severe cases, with 41.5% reporting at least one symptom after one year.

Also in the news:

American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue joined United Airlines In requiring employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Alabama MP approved a plan on Friday To use $400 million of COVID-19 relief funds to build new prisons with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey called the construction plan “a huge step forward” for the prison system.

“Aladdin” on Broadway is canceling its performance until October 12 as it struggles to contain a COVID outbreak amid the company of the musical. The show was closed for 18 months and re-opened on Tuesday.

Hawaii officials arrested two California tourists for submitting fake COVID test results to avoid the 10-day quarantine period required for all non-vaccinated visitors to the state.

All employees of public colleges and universities in Nevada will be required to receive COVID vaccines by December 1 or face termination, the state board of regents voted.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh tested positive for COVID-19 before judges were scheduled to return to court to begin a new term, the court announced Friday.

I Today’s issue: The US has recorded more than 43.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 700,000 deaths, According to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 234.2 million cases and 4.7 million deaths. More than 184.8 million Americans – 55.7% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

I What we are reading: Vaccine mandates are nothing new to American history. From smallpox to COVID, Here’s what Public Health learned.

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Delta variant posts target for US herd immunity

With the original version of the virus that causes COVID-19, the country’s current vaccination rate of around 65% would have been enough to stop the spread. Unfortunately, now the dominant delta strain is more than twice as contagious and more people need to be immunized To prevent the virus from spreading, either through vaccination or past infection, experts say.

Vice President of Scripps Research in La Jolla, California and a national expert on the use of data in medical research, Dr. “We now need 85 to 90% vaccination against Delta,” said Eric Topol.

It is not an impossible number. In countries such as Portugal, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates, over 80% of the total population is now vaccinated, and cases and deaths are falling.

This seems unlikely to happen in the United States, where only 55% of the total population has been fully vaccinated, and 12% of Americans say it is strongly opposed.

— Elizabeth Weiss, USA Today

US crosses 700,000 coronavirus deaths

United States 700,000 coronavirus deaths surpassed On Friday night, half of them delivered a brutal surge in a nation as tired as the Delta version alone in the past nine months.

The US reached 600,000 deaths in June, when daily deaths fell to less than 400, amid hopes that the crisis, at least at home, was nearing the end. Vaccines were widely available to all American adults and adolescents. for free.

Three months and 100,000 deaths later, 2,000 Americans are dying every day. And millions have lost interest in fighting. Soccer stadiums are full of maskless fans, with some states banning vaccinations and mask requirements.

Reaching 800,000 deaths isn’t a tall thing, and even a million deaths are looming large. Winter will bring crows to indoor locations; People will socialize from within. All this increases transmission risk, said Ogbonaya Omenaka, an associate professor and public health expert at Butler University in Indianapolis.

“Given current rates and expectations, the prospect of reaching 800,000 by the end of 2021 is not unreasonable,” Omenka said. And beyond that, “because the end depends primarily on human preferences, we may hit that (1 million) number.”

— John Bacon

Hospitals kick out unaffiliated workers in preview of nationwide mandate

President Joe Biden announced last month that all hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement would have to vaccinate their employees. While health leaders accept and support compulsory vaccination, Some worrying workforce disruptions spark widespread shortages of health care workers in hospitals and clinics across the country.

New York this week gave the nation an early glimpse of what the Biden administration’s 50-state vaccine mandate for health care workers could look like. Empire State hospitals fired or suspended dozens of workers for failing to meet Monday’s deadline, which requires workers to receive at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fears of service disruptions from frontline health workers being laid off or fired, delays in non-emergency operations from New York City to health systems, cut clinic hours and $200 an hour to fill vacant shifts Traveling nurses were paid up to Rs.

— Ken Altker, USA Today

A pill to treat COVID? Initial results are promising.

pharmaceutical company Merco announced Friday That the pill it is testing to treat COVID-19 is effective. If approved for use by the FDA, it would be the first treatment for COVID in pill form.

Merck said the pill cuts hospitalizations and deaths within five days in half for people sick with the disease. The company hopes to soon submit its data for authorization from regulatory agencies around the world.

Merck studied 775 adults with mild to moderate cases who were expected to be at high risk because of age or underlying conditions, and 7.3 were hospitalized or died within 30 days, compared to 14.1% who received a placebo. happened.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the announcement was “good news”.

California announces mandate vaccine for school children

california Eligible students will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 To attend school in person, but after the Food and Drug Administration has fully approved the vaccine for more school-aged children, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Friday.

“I believe we will be the first state in America to move forward with this mandate and need,” Newsom told a school in San Francisco.

Newsom said he expects the mandate to go into effect by July 1 next year for students in grades 7 to 12.

– Erin Richards, USA Today

Supreme Court refuses to block New York City’s vaccine mandate for teachers

Supreme Court on Friday Refused to block New York City’s requirement for public school teachers to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, marking the second time that the country’s High Court has refused to address the issue.

A group of teachers in New York asked the Supreme Court for an emergency injunction to block implementation of a mandate that would require them to get a shot by 5 p.m. Friday or face suspension without pay when schools open on Monday .

–John Fritz, USA Today

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