A New York Times report this week suggested there could be multiple mini-outbreaks of Covid-19 each year and people could be reinfected multiple times as variants like Omicron emerge and evolve into subvariants like the one infecting most Americans today. A form of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, called BA.2, is the most common cause of Covid, but two others – BA.4 and BA.5 – have now been named ‘variants of concern’ by UK health officials. CDC advisers voted to recommend Pfizer’s Covid booster shot for children ages five to 11 after the FDA gave the green light earlier in the week. The head of the FDA says an advisory panel will consider Moderna’s application soon.
Even though our immune systems aren’t quite as effective against Omicron as they were against previous variants, “We still have cells and antibodies, which are generated by getting vaccinated, that can attack the Omicron variant,” noted James Hay, postdoctoral research fellow. The re-emergence of polio in Malawi is likely due to the pandemic interfering with many ordinary but necessary primary and preventive health services, such as childhood vaccinations. During COVID, people also lost trust in vaccines because of misinformation and politicization. “If Covid taught us something, it’s that bad governance can destroy a response and destroy trust of the population in health institutions,” said Marcia de Castro, Andelot Professor of Demography and chair of theDepartment of Global Health and Population.
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The number of reported covid-19 deaths that occurred in the African region between 2 and 8 March was up 84 per cent on the previous week, according to the World Health Organization. According to the North Korean news outlet KCNA, people with fevers in Pyongyang recently tested positive for the omicron sublineage BA.2, but state media has not confirmed the number of cases or where the infections may have originated. A recent World Health Organization report looked at “excess deaths”, defined as the number of fatalities from any cause in 2020 and 2021 compared with previous years. This included covid-19 deaths that were not recorded as such, as well as people who died from other causes because hospitals were full amid the pandemic.
What is considered a close contact of someone with COVID-19?
For COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds because it’s one of the best ways to kill germs on your hands and prevent the spread of germs to others. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Respiratory droplets can also land on surfaces, which people might then touch. This could potentially lead to an infection if a person then touches their mouth, nose, or eyes. Some small droplets and particles can linger in the air for minutes to hours. They might travel farther than 6 feet or might remain in the air even after the infected person has left, and they might be able to cause new infections, especially in enclosed spaces that aren’t well ventilated.
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Oct. 10, 2021 – In her plenary address Sunday, clinical health psychologist Michele P. Andrasik, Ph.D., discussed how to improve vaccine access and uptake in communities of color. Oct. 19, 2021 – The groups cited the serious toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on top of existing mental health challenges and called on policymakers to take action swiftly. Oct. 19, Researchers found that vaccination with two doses reduced the risk of COVID-related hospitalization by 93% in 12- to 18-year-olds. Oct. 20, 2021 – The AAP is working with federal officials to ensure as many pediatricians as possible can administer the vaccine without barriers. Get updates on thenumber of COVID-19 patientsat Johns Hopkins Medicine care facilities. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated and boosted when eligible, follow testing guidelines, wear a mask, wash your hands and practice physical distancing.
Oakland County is now categorized as having a “high” level of COVID transmission, prompting health officials to release recommendations for masking, testing, and quarantining. Authorities say most of Shanghai has stopped the spread of the coronavirus in the community and fewer than 1 million people remain under strict lockdown. North Korea has reported another large jump in illnesses believed to be COVID-19 and encouraged good health habits as an outbreak spreads through its unvaccinated population. U.S. regulators have authorized a COVID-19 vaccine booster for healthy children ages 5 to 11. COVID-19 cases are increasing in the United States — and could get even worse over the coming months, federal health officials warned in urging areas hardest hit to consider reissuing calls for indoor masking. U.S. health advisers are urging a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11.