Tea Party favorite and Texas gubernatorial candidate Alan West says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will probably be hospitalized.
West, 60, said he had not been vaccinated and that his wife, Angela West, who has been vaccinated, also tested positive. Both have completed monoclonal antibody injections, West said on Twitter. He also said that he is “taking the hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin protocol.” No drug has received FDA approval for use against COVID.
“There are concerns about my oxygen saturation level, which is at 89 and they should be at 95,” West said. “My chest X-ray shows COVID pneumonia, not severe.”
West said he had a low-grade fever and mild body aches.
“Out of concern for public health, Colonel West is suspending personal events until a clear signal is received,” another tweet said. On Thursday, they attended an event described as the “Pack House” Mission Generation Annual Gala and Fundraiser in Seabrook, Texas.
He is a former president of the West Texas Republican Party and a Florida Congressman. He announced in July that he would challenge Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who is running for a third term and endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
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Today’s issue: The US has recorded more than 44.3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 712,900 deaths, According to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 237.5 million cases and 4.8 million deaths. more than 187.2 million Americans – 56.4% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What we are studying: From Cambodia to Canada, dozens of other countries are outpacing the US in COVID-19 vaccination. The differences are clear: Fifty million more Americans will now need to be vaccinated to match Canada’s enthusiasm. What happened here?
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Historically, pandemic-hit labor shortages have been constraining almost all industries, but Child care has been most affected. Labor Department figures show the sector laid off or laid off 373,000 employees, or 36% of employees, because of day care center closures in the early days of the pandemic. About 70% of those jobs have returned, meaning there are still 109,000 workers missing in child care. In contrast, the economy overall has recovered 78% of the jobs it erased in the spring of last year, while restaurants and bars – which have lost almost half of their workforce – have taken 84% of those positions. have received again.
The situation has forced providers of already tight margins to turn children away or inflict costs on parents.
“You feel like you’re trying to put five, 50-pound lead balls in the air at the same time,” said Mark McMurphy, executive director of the White Birch Child Care Center in Heniker, N.H. read more here.
– Courtney Subramaniam and Paul Davidson
After almost a wave like last winter, COVID-19 rates are finally falling again. But experts warn that if we start acting like COVID-19 is over, Another bounce is possible. If people stop taking precautions, start gathering indoors in large numbers and stop vaccines or boosters, there could be another wave this winter.
“A lot of it depends on human behavior, and human behavior hasn’t served us very well in this pandemic,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky said in a recent call with reporters. “We are fighting with ourselves, not the common enemy.”
– Karen Weintraubi
A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that levels of anxiety and depression rose at the peak of a pandemic late last year, and fell after the vaccine became widespread and restrictions were eased. Anxiety scores increased by 13% from August to December in 2020, and then decreased by 26.8% from late May to early June. Similarly, depression levels increased by 14.8% and then decreased by 24.8%. The analysis was based on data from the Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey.
“Over the entire study period, the frequency of anxiety and depression symptoms was positively correlated with the average number of daily COVID-19 cases,” the study said. “Mental health services and resources, including telehealth behavioral services, are critical during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Iowa school districts with facial covering requirements may keep them in place for now after a federal judge overturned the state’s ban on school mask mandates. Judge Robert Pratt — who issued a temporary restraining order against the law on September 13 in response to a lawsuit filed by parents of students with disabilities — issued a preliminary injunction against the state law on Friday.
Pratt’s temporary restraining order was due to expire on Monday, but the injunction now means the law could be blocked for the duration of the trial. In Friday’s filing, Pratt cited the trajectory of pediatric COVID-19 cases in the state since the start of the school year and the “irreparable harm this case may cause to the children involved.”
-Ian Richardson, The Des Moines Register
Contribution: Associated Press