Coronavirus Live Blog 7.18.2021

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Vaccines In Review Or Approved:

Covid vaccines for kids under 12 expected midwinter, FDA official says – After emergency use authorization, the agency hopes to move quickly to full approval.


Where Are Vaccines Already Being Administered:

One can’t get their second shot booked: ‘It’s just frustrating’: the UK couples hit by vaccine disparity

Pfizer vaccine crunch continues to trouble Japan’s inoculation efforts

In north Minneapolis, come for the haircut, stay for the shot

The Highest-Risk Professions in Oregon Are Barred From Instituting Vaccine Requirements – No Oregon hospital can require that its doctors, nurses or other licensed health staff receive vaccinations before entering the building.


Could COVID Shots in Secret Lure Holdouts? — Ozarks Healthcare tries a different tactic to reach the unvaccinated

SARS-CoV-2 test positivity rate in Reno, Nevada: association with PM2.5 during the 2020 wildfire smoke events in the western United States

Biden’s Covid surge teams begin rolling out to a hostile heartland – The federal assistance faces tough challenges in communities where unvaccinated people are wary of anyone who advocates for Covid shots.

Tennessee has one of the lowest vax rates. Republicans are working to make sure that stays the case. – Tennessee Republicans demonstrate how vaccine skepticism has escalated to outright hostility.

Former skeptic has a message for Utahns who think they don’t need the COVID-19 vaccine

‘He wished he had gotten the vaccine:’ Local man battling COVID-19 from ICU for months

Germany not planning to mandate jabs, like France, says Merkel


Side Effects & New Vaccine Research:

The Economic Risks from Anti-Vaxxers

Most unvaccinated people have low incomes

New Provincetown COVID Cases ‘Overwhelmingly’ in Vaccinated: Town Manager – “The moderate intensity of symptoms indicates that the vaccines are working as predicted,” Town Manager Alex Morse said, adding that testing is being stepped up

“‘Something That We Learn From’: Epidemiologist Reacts To Provincetown COVID-19 Breakthrough Cluster

Some Breakthrough COVID Cases Among Vaccinated Appearing In Bay Area; CDC Puts East Bay Areas on Hot-Spot List

Every single Covid patient in a L.A. County DHS hospital is not fully vaccinated

What Evidence Do We Need to Move Forward With COVID Boosters? — More data and an evaluation of several factors at home and abroad are key

The world will not exit Covid-19 pandemic without booster shots, vaccine developer says

“Three Billionaires Behind Pfizer’s Vaccine Partner BioNTech Are $2 Billion Richer After It Announces Covid-19 Vaccine Results

“When and how will we know if we need Covid-19 booster shots?”

“U.S. health official says COVID-19 boosters could risk more serious side effects

WHO warns individuals against mixing and matching COVID vaccines


New Covid Variants:

ALPHA = B.1.1.7 = aka: UK variant
CAL20.C = aka: California variant
L452R = aka: California & other US states

GAMMA = P.1 = aka: Brazil variant
N501Y = aka: South Africa variant
BETA = B.1.351 = aka: South Africa variant
DELTA = B.1.617 = aka: India variant

Delta variant now accounts for about 58% of COVID-19 cases in US, CDC says – The proportion was estimated at approximately 3% in late May.

How Delta is pushing the U.S. into a new phase of the Covid-19 pandemic

Poll: Unvaccinated Americans least concerned about Delta variant – Less that half of those who have not been vaccinated are worried about the contagious Covid variant.

Delta Is Driving a Wedge Through Missouri

Delta variant accounts for 58% of US infections; Missouri requests field hospital: COVID-19 updates

‘Pfizer COVID vaccine significantly less effective against Delta variant’ – Ministers agree to move forward with rapid, home coronavirus testing as early as next week

The Delta variant is more contagious. It does not appear to be more severe.

8 fully vaccinated healthcare workers who went to a Vegas pool party got COVID-19 with mild symptoms – and at least 7 caught the Delta variant, a report said

Most fully vaccinated people who get Covid delta infections are asymptomatic, WHO says


New Scientific Studies:

What is SARS-CoV-2’s original reservoir? – We may not know what animal SARS-CoV-2 came from, but similar viruses circulate in bats.

A year after I contracted COVID-19, everything still smells like garbage and onions. One expert says it could last up to 3 years.

Characterizing long COVID in an international cohort: 7 months of symptoms and their impact

Long COVID Has Over 200 Symptoms, And They’re More Widespread in Us Than We Thought

Are Patients Spreading SARS-CoV-2 to Their Hospital Roommates? — A new study explores the data and implications

What Evidence Do We Need to Move Forward With COVID Boosters? — More data and an evaluation of several factors at home and abroad are key

JAMA Peds Retracts Much-Hyped Masks Study — Controversial study had numerous problems, journal says

Larger Nursing Home Staff Size Linked To Higher Number Of COVID-19 Cases In 2020

WHO calls for ‘audits’ of Wuhan laboratories after first mission controversy

Superspreader ‘explosions’ plague efforts to curb pandemic – Even as the pandemic evolves and new variants emerge that are more transmissible or can make people sicker, human behavior remains one of the biggest pieces of the equation.

30% of children who get covid will end up with long haul covid

Almost half of Jakarta’s population have antibodies to covid

Machine learning model from the largest US COVID-19 dataset predicts disease severity – The study also showed how treatment of the disease changed over time


Outbreaks, Lockdowns & Restrictions:

More than 1,000 Israelis test positive for COVID – PM Bennett: Vaccine ‘significantly less’ effective against the Delta variant

Living with COVID-19: Israel changes strategy as Delta variant hits

Covid infections remain high across the U.K. with 316,691 cases reported over the last seven days, up around 43% from the previous seven-day period. Hospitalizations are low but are creeping higher, with 4,313 people admitted to hospital in the last seven days, government data shows. In the last seven days, 283 people have died.

England takes leap into the unknown, lifting Covid rules as cases surge

Maskless clubbers party on ‘Freedom Day’ as England lifts Covid-19 rules

US: July 17th COVID-19, New Cases, Hospitalizations, Vaccinations

COVID-19 still killing Americans faster than guns, cars and flu combined – The U.S. remains a dangerous place for the unvaccinated.

‘We are seeing people passing quicker than before’: What hospitals look like in US Covid hot spots

CDC director warns of ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’ as cases rise

covid cases rising in every US state

US COVID-19 cases rising again, doubling over three weeks

Very High Risk’: Tennessee sees big increases in COVID cases, deaths, hospitalizations

MA: Provincetown officials issue new mask advisory in light of COVID-19 outbreak – More than 130 cases linked to cluster

Missouri’s GOP governor lashes out at hospital for ‘scaring’ people into getting vaccinated as state faces COVID-19 surge

Las Vegas follows LA’s lead in recommending indoor mask requirement

Vaccinated Calif. man gets breakthrough COVID case after trip to Las Vegas, spreads to family

Surgeon general backs localized mask mandates

COVID outbreaks in summer camps happening every week, Utah County health officials say

COVID-19 cases in New York surge 66% as virus still lingers, records show

WA: PeaceHealth investigating 14 COVID exposure cases, testing for delta variant – PeaceHealth is still investigating after 14 people — 10 patients and four employees — tested positive for COVID-19.

Texas: Nearly 1,500 new COVID-19 cases reported in Tarrant County over the weekend

COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise in Texas as less than 50 percent of the state is fully vaccinated

White House: Florida accounts for 20 percent of all new COVID-19 infections

Florida averages 6,515 cases per day as health officials say misinformation could create ‘unvaccinated pandemic’ – Rise in cases prompting some local leaders to recommend masking up again

Florida reports 231 COVID deaths, 45K more cases in last week
FL: COVID-19 patients in Baptist Health ICU ‘shockingly young’ – There’s been a 57% increase in COVID-19 cases in Jacksonville hospitals in the last week

New COVID-19 cases in Florida nearly double as positivity rate sees increase

COVID: California Positivity Rate Rises To 3% As Delta Variant Spreads Among Unvaccinated

Will Gavin Newsom, under recall threat, issue another California mask mandate?

“7 SF Bay Area counties recommend – but don’t require – indoor masks for vaccinated individuals

Sacramento County recommends masks indoors as delta variant of COVID-19 spreads

Sacramento County COVID-19 case rate higher than state average

Another California county recommends masking for fully vaccinated Health officers in Yolo County issued an advisory Wednesday calling on all residents—even those who are fully vaccinated—to wear masks in public indoor settings due to increasing spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant.

Los Angeles County to require everyone – vaccinated people included – to wear masks indoors again

LA County Reports More Than 1,000 New COVID Cases For 4th Consecutive Day

COVID-19’s delta variant is quickly spreading in California. Are restrictions coming back?

Mississippi health officials warn about delta ‘surge’ as 7 children in ICU due to COVID-19

10 Children on Ventilators as Delta Variant Pummels a Vaccine Hesitant Mississippi

Canada will finally open its borders, first to Americans, beginning August 9

Katie Hopkins: Australia orders far-right British commentator to be deported after ‘appalling’ behaviour while in quarantine – The 46-year-old was due to appear on a new series of Big Brother – but was dropped after boasting about deliberately disobeying quarantine measures.

New coronavirus cases soar in Europe: EU agency

Barcelona enforces curfew again after coronavirus cases rise – The curfew will run from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. in all towns that have more than 400 cases for every 100,000 people over the past seven days.

France reports over 10,000 new coronavirus cases for third day

Conspiracy theories fuel French opposition to Covid-19 ‘health pass’

Protests in France continue to grow after Macron enacts new COVID-19 measures

Scotland will require travellers from France to isolate for 10 days because of fears vaccines are less effective against the beta variant.

Thailand bans public gatherings as Covid cases hit record high

UK put on Denmark’s red list

Tokyo Placed under 4th COVID-19 State of Emergency


Other Covid News:

More covid19 info, graphs, maps than you ever wanted, updated twice a week (Tues Fri): “COVID-19 Community Profile Report” The Community Profile Report (CPR) is generated by the Data Strategy and Execution Workgroup in the Joint Coordination Cell, under the White House COVID-19 Team.

“Feeling unwell? It could be COVID-19, so get a test

Top 21 COVID-19 symptoms to look out for – If you’re vaccinated, watch out for these 21 COVID-19 symptoms

Summer camps hit with COVID outbreaks — are schools next?

55 covid cases linked to Olympics

Coco Gauff tests positive for COVID-19, won’t play in Tokyo Olympics

American gymnastics alternate Eaker tests positive for C-19

Three Olympic coronavirus cases found on same team

South African Olympic soccer team reports three COVID-19 cases

Reports: Jerami Grant joins Bradley Beal in COVID-19 protocols at Team USA camp days before Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo 2020 organizers report first positive COVID-19 case at Olympic Village

A thousand people infected with coronavirus at Dutch outdoor festival – ‘It was an error of judgment,’ Utrecht mayor Sharon Dijskma said.

On Cruises That Allow Them, the Unvaccinated Are Second-Class Citizens

Norwegian Cruise Line sues Florida Surgeon General to end vaccine passport ban

Coronavirus: Singapore’s karaoke bar cluster grows as cruise ship returns after suspected infection;

Nearly 3,000 guests, crew disembark cruise in Singapore after positive Covid case left them confined in cabins

“Alaska cruise ends early after passengers test positive for COVID-19; next sailing canceled

Yankees-Red Sox Game Postponed Due to Developing COVID-19 Issue

Dozens of S.Korean navy sailors test positive

Germany gets love from WHO despite mixed record on vaccines equity – Berlin remains a staunch opponent of a vaccines patent waiver.

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid tests positive for COVID-19 – ‘I was feeling a little bit groggy last night so I took a lateral flow test this morning and it’s come out positive,’ Javid said.

Number of Texas state Democrats to test positive for COVID-19 rises to 5

Federal judge upholds Indiana University’s Covid-19 vaccination requirements

San Diego, California Doctor Selling COVID-19 “Cure” Pleads Guilty –Includes Hydroxychloroquine Smuggling from China

Homeopathic doctor sold fake vaccine cards and ‘immunization pellets,’ prosecutors say

Spanish court rules COVID-19 home confinement was unconstitutional

Hotels: Occupancy Rate Down 9% Compared to Same Week in 2019

Asset Strippers Are Preparing to Feast on Britain’s Covid-Ravaged Economy

Moderna accused of parking vaccine profits in tax havens: report – ‘The company’s vaccine profits will end up in some of the world’s worst tax havens,’ nonprofit warns.

A Curious Union: Covid, Clorox, Cleveland Clinic, and the CDC Foundation This post calls out institutional and corporate profiteering via describing for $1 million each to the Cleveland Clinic and the CDC Foundation, Clorox bought the use of their names tout the highly dubious idea of using bleach as an anti-Covid measure.

Kawasaki created a mobile fully automated PCR testing system

Why salad bars may never come back

Vocal Anti-Vaccine Chiropractors Split the Profession

COVID or not, ‘the desire to eat wildlife’ continues in Asia – Countries in the region moved to ban the sale and consumption of wildlife after COVID-19 emerged, but coronavirus remains rampant and so does the trade.

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