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NYC, Big Employers Taking Hard Line Against Vaccine Holdouts

August 3, 2021

(ABC News) – New York on Tuesday became the nation’s first big city to announce it will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination at restaurants, shows and gyms, joining the growing list of state and local governments and large employers taking a hard line against both the surging delta variant and vaccine holdouts. (Read Full Article)

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CDC’s Covid-19 Mask Mandate Clouded by Flawed Data

August 3, 2021

(Wall Street Journal) – The meaning of some of the viral load data has been disputed. Inside the CDC, some officials disagree with the agency’s conclusion that vaccinated people who become infected may spread the virus as readily as the unvaccinated, and argue that more testing needs to be done, including tests that measure how infectious virus particles are, according to a person familiar with the matter. (Read Full Article)

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Florida Breaks Record for COVID-19 Hospitalizations

August 3, 2021

(Medscape) – A day after it recorded the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, Florida on Sunday broke a previous record for current hospitalizations set more than a year ago before vaccines were available. The Sunshine State had 10,207 people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to data reported to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (Read Full Article)

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California Learns Costly Pandemic Lesson About Hospitals

August 3, 2021

(Associated Press) – California spent nearly $200 million to set up, operate and staff alternate care sites that ultimately provided little help when the state’s worst coronavirus surge spiraled out of control last winter, forcing exhausted hospital workers to treat patients in tents and cafeterias. It was a costly way to learn California’s hospital system is far more elastic than was thought at the start of the pandemic. Through desperation and innovation, the system was able to expand enough to accommodate patients even during the dire surge that saw hospitalizations top 20,000 and nearly 700 people die weekly. (Read Full Article)

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Controversy Flares Over Informing Research Subjects About ‘Incidental’ Genetic Findings

August 2, 2021

(Science) – Should people who volunteer for genomic studies be told about unrelated disease mutations that turn up in their sequence data? The decadeslong debate about such “incidental findings,” which can include genes that boost risk for cancer or heart disease, flared up again last week after bioethicists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a study showing many participants who at first refuse those findings can change their minds. Controversially, it went on to suggest all research participants should routinely be told about their genetic risks for conditions that can be prevented or treated—a change from current practice. (Read Full Article)

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America Mulls Vaccine Mandates–Will They Work?

August 2, 2021

(The Guardian) – As cases of the Delta coronavirus variant have risen and vaccination rates slowed, several US businesses and institutions have announced they will now require vaccinations from employee Major companies like Walmart and Disney said this week all employees must be vaccinated, while Joe Biden said all federal employees must be vaccinated or face masking, testing and distancing requirements. Schools, universities, hospitals, financial services, tech companies, retailers, entertainment industries and local governments have announced similar policies. (Read Full Article)

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Their Town Wiped Out by a Mudslide People of La Reina Mourn

August 2, 2021

(Associated Press) – Home to about 1,000 people, the town in western Honduras was hit by two powerful hurricanes within three weeks, natural disasters made far worse by local deforestation and climate change. La Reina was buried by a landslide.  No one died. But seven months later, La Reina’s people remain homeless, and adrift. They are alive, but their place in the world is gone — the place where they lived, loved, dreamed, had children, grew coffee, corn and beans. Here, they had invested their savings and money sent home from relatives in the United States, transforming a mountainside into a town of 300 homes. Nature has taken it all back. (Read Full Article)

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Covid-19 Vaccine Health Pass Fuels French Protests

August 2, 2021

(Wall Street Journal) – French protesters took to the streets for the third consecutive Saturday to protest new restrictions on people unvaccinated against Covid-19, a growing movement that threatens to complicate the country’s coronavirus response. More than 204,000 protesters—many decrying what they called a “health dictatorship” and carrying banners and French flags reading “Freedom!”— marched in cities across France, including Marseille and Lyon, according to estimates from France’s interior ministry. (Read Full Article)

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Hundreds of AI Tools Have Been Built to Catch Covid. None of Them Helped.

August 2, 2021

(MIT Technology Review) – It never happened—but not for lack of effort. Research teams around the world stepped up to help. The AI community, in particular, rushed to develop software that many believed would allow hospitals to diagnose or triage patients faster, bringing much-needed support to the front lines—in theory. In the end, many hundreds of predictive tools were developed. None of them made a real difference, and some were potentially harmful. (Read Full Article)

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‘War Has Changed’: CDC Says Delta as Contagious as Chicken Pox

August 2, 2021

(Medscape) – Internal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents support the high transmission rate of the Delta variant and put the risk in easier to understand terms. In addition, the agency released a new study that shows that breakthrough infections in the vaccinated make people about as contagious as those who are unvaccinated. The new report, published today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), also reveals that the Delta variant likely causes more severe COVID-19 illness. Given these recent findings, the internal CDC slideshow advises that the agency should “acknowledge the war has changed.” (Read Full Article)

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Indoor Masking Needed in Almost 70% of US Counties: CDC Data

August 2, 2021

(Medscape) – In announcing new guidance on Tuesday, the CDC said vaccinated people should wear face masks in indoor public places with “high” or “substantial” community transmission rates of COVID-19. Data from the CDC shows that designation covers 69.3% of all counties in the United States — 52.2% (1,680 counties) with high community transmission rates and 17.1% (551 counties) with substantial rates. (Read Full Article)

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COVID-19 Tied to Acceleration of Alzheimer’s Pathology

August 2, 2021

(Medscape) – Certain plasma biomarkers of neuronal damage and neuroinflammation are markedly elevated in hospitalized COVID-19 patients with neurologic symptoms compared to hospitalized COVID-19 patients without such symptoms, a new study shows. These results suggest COVID-19 may accelerate Alzheimer’s disease (AD) symptoms and pathology, said study investigator Thomas Wisniewski, MD, professor of neurology, pathology, and psychiatry at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine, New York City. (Read Full Article)

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FDA, Under Pressure, Plans ‘Sprint’ to Accelerate Review of Pfizer’s Covid-19 Vaccine for Full Approval

July 30, 2021

(STAT News) – Under heavy pressure, the Food and Drug Administration center that reviews vaccines is planning to deprioritize some of its existing work, like meetings with drug sponsors and plant inspections, in an effort to accelerate its review of Pfizer’s application for the formal approval of its Covid-19 vaccine, a senior agency official told STAT. Pfizer’s vaccine is currently cleared under a so-called emergency use authorization, which allows the company to sell the vaccine for as long as Covid-19 is considered a public health emergency. (Read Full Article)

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CDC Releases Data Behind Latest Mask Guidelines

July 30, 2021

(Politico) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has collected data that suggest fully vaccinated Americans who contract the Delta variant can spread Covid-19 as easily as unvaccinated people infected with the variant. The hotly anticipated study helped convince the agency to revise its guidance on mask-wearing earlier this week, when it said vaccinated people should wear masks indoors in areas with high levels of Covid-19 transmission. But CDC had not made the data underlying its decision public until now.  (Read Full Article)

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CDC: Delta Variant May Cause Mild COVID Among Fully Vaccinated People

July 30, 2021

(Axios) – About 74% of 469 COVID-19 cases associated with large gatherings held in Barnstable County, Mass., from July 3 to 17 were among fully vaccinated people, according to data released Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Why it matters: The data bolsters emerging evidence that vaccinated people have high viral loads and may transmit the Delta variant as easily as those who are unvaccinated. (Read Full Article)

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States Could Get Billions from Opioid Lawsuits. They Have to Decide How to Spend It

July 30, 2021

(STAT News) – The endgame of the sprawling mass of opioid lawsuits is starting to come into focus: Already, a settlement with Johnson & Johnson and three major drug distributors will pour billions of dollars into communities to combat the addiction crisis, with more to come. But what that looks like, exactly, will vary from place to place. States are likely to see lump sums of money doled out for years, and they will be left to decide how to spend it under the guideposts set up in the settlements. It could easily become subject to competing interests: Legislatures could squabble with governors over priorities, while in some places, counties could demand more autonomy. Some public health experts are also raising questions about the quality of addiction programs to which states could allocate funding. (Read Full Article)

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Covid-19 Outbreak During Olympics Leads Japan to Widen State of Emergency

July 30, 2021

(Wall Street Journal) – Japan widened its state of emergency to the entire Tokyo region and extended it until the end of August in response to a record-setting Covid-19 wave during the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said there would be no changes to the Olympics, which run through Aug. 8, and officials said there wasn’t a connection between the start of the Games on July 23 and the rapid rise in new cases. Nonetheless, the outbreak put a damper on the nation’s mood despite a string of gold medals won by Japanese athletes. (Read Full Article)

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CDC Says Nearly 67% of US Counties Have Substantial, High COVID-19 Transmission

July 30, 2021

(Medscape) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday that 66.6% of U.S. counties had transmission rates of COVID-19 high enough to warrant indoor masking and should immediately resume the policy. The transmission rate was up from 63.4% as of Tuesday. In total, 49.9% of U.S. counties have high COVID-19 community transmission rates and 16.7% have substantial rates, the CDC said. The CDC reversed its mask guidance policy for vaccinated Americans on Tuesday. (Read Full Article)

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Deal Agreed for Patients and Children of Fertility Doctor Who Used Own Sperm

July 29, 2021

(BBC) – Former patients and children of a Canadian fertility doctor who used his own or unknown sperm to impregnate patients have been offered a C$13m ($10m, £7m) settlement agreement. It is thought to be the first-ever legal settlement of its kind. Under the terms of the deal, claimants will be given compensation based on court-determined level of harm. Money will also be set aside for a DNA database to allow dozens of children to identify their biological fathers. (Read Full Article)

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Brazil Begins Mass Vaccine Study in Poor Rio Neighborhood

July 29, 2021

(Medical Xpress) – Brazilian health authorities on Thursday began the mass immunization of Rio de Janeiro’s Mare neighborhood in a novel bid to control COVID-19 in a poor community while studying vaccine effectiveness and the prevalence of worrisome variants.  The bayside Mare complex is comprised of more than a dozen so-called favelas and home to some 130,000 people, and the study is Brazil’s first to target a low-income area. The Brazilian researchers leading the effort aren’t aware of another elsewhere in the world that has specifically focused on slums. (Read Full Article)

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