Hopeful CDC report; India oxygen; California mask mandates

Hospital stays and deaths should drop sharply by July if the nationwide vaccination program remains strong and community containment efforts, according to a Federal report Published Wednesday.

However, ignoring mitigation efforts like masks and social distancing in some situations could lead to a significant increase in “severe COVID-19 results” even with improved vaccination coverage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said.

“High vaccination rates and adherence to public health prevention measures are essential to control the pandemic and prevent an increase in hospitalizations and deaths in the coming months,” the report said.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC director, said variants remain a “wild card” but that the vaccines seem to work well against them so far.

“Models that once projected really grim news now offer reasons to be pretty hopeful about what the summer might bring,” Walensky said at a White House briefing. “The sooner we vaccinate more and more people, the sooner we will all get back to normal.”

Also in the news:

►Israel is the first country to report national data on the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine: observational analysis found that two doses provided greater than 95% protection against COVID-19 infection, hospitalization and death.

►Canada’s health regulatory agency has approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for people 12 years and older. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to do so next week.

►The federal government will be able to offer a little less vaccine next week. The total for that week was 9.62 million first doses; next week it will be 9.53 million. The main reason: Johnson & Johnson will provide 161,900 fewer cans.

►A pizzeria owner in Massachusetts lied about the number of employees he had fraudulently raised with more than $ 660,000 in federal coronavirus aid and then bought stocks on an alpaca farm in Vermont, according to prosecutors. Dana McIntyre, 57, faces charges of cable fraud and money laundering.

►Two of the most populous counties in California, Los Angeles and San Francisco can now move to the least restrictive level as part of the state reopening.

📈 Today’s numbers: The US has more than 32.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 579,000 deaths. according to the Johns Hopkins University. The grand total: over 154.5 million cases and 3.23 million deaths. In the United States, more than 321 million vaccine doses have been distributed and 249.5 million administered. according to CDC. More than 107 million Americans have been fully vaccinated.

📘 What we read: It may not take real “herd immunity” to see a dramatic drop in COVID-19 cases. Some researchers say.

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40-something? Good chance you got bumped

New CDC data shows that 51.7% of Americans in their forties have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, 44.9% of 30 year olds and 35.6% of 18 to 29 year olds are at least partially vaccinated. Vaccination rates are higher in older age groups, although people between 65 and 74 years old are slightly more likely to be partially or fully vaccinated than those aged 75 and over, the data shows.

Dr. Anthony Fauci and other experts have estimated that 70% or more of the population must be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. However, some researchers are now saying that another 30 to 40 million first shots for the U.S. could be enough to get one Inflection point and containment of the vaccine the pandemic.

– Mike Stucka

The US World Trade Organization is working on vaccine distribution

The top US trade negotiator started talks with the World Trade Organization on ways to overcome intellectual property issues that are preventing much-needed COVID-19 vaccines from spreading around the world.

President Joe Biden has been urged by other WTO members, activists and U.S. lawmakers to temporarily lift restrictions as some states reject planned federal government deliveries as demand plummets. Controversial: 82% of the recordings were given in high and middle income countries and only 0.3% in low-income countries, according to the World Health Organization.

The Indian Supreme Court will not imprison government leaders for lack of oxygen

The Indian Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to bring charges against officials for disregarding its order to meet the oxygen requirements of more than 40 hospitals in New Delhi. The court instead ordered government officials to return Thursday with an oxygen supply plan badly needed by overwhelming numbers of hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

“Bringing officials to prison will not bring oxygen to Delhi,” the court ruled.

India reports more than 25,000 deaths each week and the official numbers are expected to be a fraction of the actual total. Officially, India accounts for about 27% of the world’s reported COVID-19 deaths in the past week. The death toll in the nation has doubled in the past 12 days. India’s reported case numbers have doubled in about 18 days.

When the pandemic ends, inmates sent home may return to jail

More than 24,000 non-violent federal prisoners have been allowed to serve their sentences at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in prisons. However, a Justice Department memo released in the last few days of the Trump administration states that inmates whose sentences will go beyond the pandemic must be returned to prison. The prospect of a return to prison is not imminent as President Joe Biden has extended the COVID-19 national emergency statement and the public health crisis is expected to persist for the remainder of the year, the ministry said. But the problem has to be solved at some point.

“These people are turning in the wind and getting more anxious every day,” said Kevin Ring, president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums. “It’s not just that (the Justice Department) should fix it. You should fix it yesterday.”

– Kristine Phillips

California is dropping most of the outdoor mask requirements for vaccinated residents

Are Californians Masks no longer have to be worn outdoors Except for crowded events like live performances, parades, fairs, festivals and sporting events, the state health ministry announced. For non-vaccinated individuals, face coverings are required outdoors whenever physical distance cannot be maintained. In indoor spaces outside the home, including public transportation, face coverings are still required in most cases, regardless of vaccination status, the department said in a statement.

New York lawmakers are pushing for more nursing home staff

New York lawmakers passed law that sets minimum staffing levels for hospitals and nursing homes Staff shortages in some facilities contributed to COVID-19 infections and deaths. Health care payroll bills, which have been discussed in various forms over the past decade, were approved by both houses of law on Tuesday afternoon. Union leaders and health lawmakers urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the bills. More than 13,000 New York nursing home residents died from the virus during the pandemic.

“Not only will this legislation save lives and improve patient outcomes, but it will enable the New York health system to improve its ability to better respond to future public health emergencies,” said Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senate Majority Leader.

– David Robinson, New York State Team

As in September 11, the first responders were hit again by the national tragedy

The COVID-19 pandemic was presented to first aiders on September 11, as well as to volunteers and survivors Another crisis in which they felt vulnerable. Of course, there were clear differences: One was an attack that blinded a nation – a terrorist attack. The pandemic was a worldwide phenomenon that crept into our nation even though we still felt unprepared. For the emergency services, who were in danger in September 2001, the COVID threat was exacerbated by the resulting health weaknesses, their continued position at the front and the echo of the trauma. Read more here.

Oren Barzilay, president of Local 2507, the 4,000-member union that represents paramedics, paramedics and fire inspectors in the New York Fire Department, says nearly half of FDNY emergency responders have contracted COVID.

“We had an exodus,” he said, “our members are leaving in droves. It’s just too risky.”

– Christopher J. Eberhart and Nancy Cutler, Rockland / Westchester Journal News

The urge to get Americans vaccinated is taking a sharp turn

The pace of the nation is unprecedented The vaccination effort slows down. Vaccinations are down more than 40% from the April 10 high of 4.6 million daily shots. The vehicle lines in stadium-style mass vaccination clinics are getting shorter and shorter. Now officials are trying to get Americans to be pushed.

The City of Detroit will be distributing $ 50 worth of prepaid debit cards to people who take a resident for a vaccination. West Virginia, which has set a fast pace in the first few weeks of the country’s vaccination efforts, will issue $ 100 savings bonds to residents aged 16 to 35 who are receiving a vaccine.

“We knew you had to hit a wall at some point,” West Virginia governor Jim Justice told USA TODAY. “You develop a certain amount of resistance.” Read more here.

– Ken Alltucker

The birth rate is falling to its lowest level in more than 100 years

The US birthrate fell 4% last year, the biggest drop in a year in nearly 50 years The pandemic undoubtedly contributed to this Experts say the big drop was last year. The rate fell for mothers of all major races and ethnic groups, and fell in almost all age groups to its lowest level since federal health officials began persecution more than a century ago, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday .

Fear of COVID-19 and its impact on the economy likely made many couples think that having a baby right now was a bad idea. However, many of the pregnancies in 2020 began long before the U.S. epidemic. CDC researchers are working on a follow-up report to better analyze how the decline has played out, said Brady Hamilton, lead author of the new report.

Featuring: Mike Stucka, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

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