Whereas the Meals and Drug Administration on Monday issued full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, America’s delta-driven surge of COVID-19 has entered a deadlier section.
Instances are rising in 42 states, the bottom variety of states seen in six weeks. However deaths are actually rising in 43 states — the worst tally since December, earlier than America’s deadliest month of the pandemic, a USA TODAY evaluation of Johns Hopkins College knowledge reveals.
U.S. deaths within the week ending Monday totaled 7,225. At that tempo, America experiences the lack of a Pearl Harbor assault 3 times every week, or the human value of a 9/11 assault each three days.
The face of who’s dying can be altering rapidly. Deaths are more and more centered amongst white non-Hispanic folks, a USA TODAY evaluation of Nationwide Facilities for Well being Statistics knowledge present.
Most different racial and ethnic teams now have a smaller share of deaths, however white non-Hispanics, which characterize about 61.1% of all deaths in the course of the pandemic, made up 68.8% of the deaths reported to date in July and August.
In the meantime, the share of deaths amongst younger folks is leaping, too, with folks of their 30s and other people aged 18 to 29 each having roughly tripled their share of deaths in July and August, preliminary Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention tallies present.
And folks of their 50s and early 60s have represented fewer than 1 of each 6 victims in all the pandemic, however in July and August, they characterize greater than 1 of each 4.
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►Kentucky will ship Nationwide Guard members to hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 sufferers and dealing with a nursing scarcity, Gov. Andy Beshear stated Monday. The announcement got here because the state broke its information for hospitalizations, sufferers in intensive care models and sufferers on ventilators.
►The Supreme Courtroom is predicted to determine within the coming days whether or not to dam President Joe Biden’s eviction moratorium. Thousands and thousands of People are behind on lease and will face eviction if the excessive courtroom stops the CDC-ordered moratorium, whereas property house owners say they’ve needed to pay their very own bills for months.
►As Israel expands its vaccine booster efforts amid the unfold of the delta variant, knowledge present that the speed of the virus’ unfold is falling amongst these who’ve obtained a 3rd dose, Reuters reported.
►Pentagon spokesman John Kirby stated Monday that officers are making ready to difficulty steering to require COVID-19 vaccination for the navy now that the Pfizer vaccine has obtained full approval. He didn’t say when that steering can be issued.
► An Italian scholar tattooed his COVID-19 vaccination move on his arm. The QR code tattooed on his forearm truly works when scanned, he says.
📈 At the moment’s numbers: The U.S. has had practically 38 million confirmed COVID-19 circumstances and 629,000 deaths, in accordance to Johns Hopkins College knowledge. The worldwide totals: Greater than 212 million circumstances and 4.4 million deaths. Greater than 171 million People — 51.5% of the inhabitants — have been totally vaccinated, based on the CDC.
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Pediatricians say do not but vaccinate youngsters beneath 12 towards COVID-19
Main pediatricians stated loudly and in unison Monday that doctors should not prescribe COVID-19 vaccines to children under 12.
With the Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, such “off-label” use is now legal. But it’s definitely not a good idea, a number of experts said.
“We don’t have the data on young children. So that really ought to be a no-no,” said Dr. Jesse Goodman, an infectious disease expert at Georgetown University.
Yet while the American Academy of Pediatrics agreed children should not yet get vaccinated, the group is also calling on the FDA to accelerate the process of authorizing shots for children under 12, by relying on early trial data rather than waiting for more complete results.
In the week ending Aug. 19, there were approximately 180,000 children and adolescents infected with COVID-19, virtually all with the delta variant, the AAP said Monday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly 4.6 million minors have been infected – almost 15% of total cases – and rates have increased four-fold in just the last month, reaching roughly the same levels as last winter’s surge. Hospitalization and death remains low among children.
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Vaccine approval, mandates may help US control COVID by next year, Fauci says
As the FDA’s approval and additional vaccine mandates were announced Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, the measures might help the U.S. get a handle on the disease by next year.
“If we can get through this winter and get really the majority – overwhelming majority – of the 90 million people who have not been vaccinated, vaccinated, I hope we can start to get some good control in the spring of 2022,” Fauci told CNN.
After the FDA issued full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, CVS, the University of Michigan, Chevron, the city of Chicago and New York and New Jersey’s public schools were all among the businesses, schools and governments to announced new vaccine requirements for some or all of their employees.
President Joe Biden also called on companies, nonprofit groups, government agencies and schools to “step up vaccine requirements that will reach millions more people.”
Health officials are warning against using a drug called ivermectin for unapproved use as a medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19.
The drug, which has been approved only as an anti-parasitic treatment for humans and animals, such as livestock and horses, has been the subject of a spike in calls to the Mississippi Poison Control Center.
The drugs produced for humans are different than the drug made for livestock, which is “highly concentrated and is toxic to people, and can cause serious harm,” the Mississippi State Department of Health said in an alert Monday. At least two people have been hospitalized with potential ivermectin toxicity after ingesting the drug produced for livestock, the state’s poison control center said Monday.
Interest in the drug is rising as the delta variant of the coronavirus has spurred higher COVID-19 transmission rates and increased concern among the vaccinated about becoming infected.
Multiple reports of patients treated or hospitalized after “self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses” led the Food and Drug Administration to issue a warning Friday. “You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it,” the agency said on Twitter.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige urges vacationers to remain house amid COVID surge
Hawaii Gov. David Ige is urging vacationers to not go to the favored vacation spot by means of October resulting from a surge in COVID circumstances that has the state’s hospitals at capability.
“It isn’t a superb time to journey to the islands,” he stated at a information convention Monday.
Monday’s announcement doesn’t imply vacationers can’t go to Hawaii, because the state didn’t tighten its entry necessities. Since October, vacationers have been capable of go to by presenting a unfavorable COVID check to bypass the state’s strict quarantine. In July, the testing requirement went away for vaccinated vacationers.
There was hypothesis the testing requirement would return as a result of spike in COVID circumstances from the delta variant however Ige stated that’s troublesome to do because the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention says home journey is secure for vaccinated vacationers.
Dorothy Oliver sits behind the counter inside her Common Retailer most days, promoting canned peaches, chilly sodas, Marlboro cigarettes and different objects she has in inventory. A white trailer in Panola, Alabama, homes the shop, and it’s the solely place to buy miles.
“All of them know me,” she stated of her clients. “They arrive in, and I simply begin speaking to them like I do know them. I don’t need to know you to speak to you.”
She wasn’t afraid to ask her clients about their vaccination standing and helped ease the considerations of a lot of her clients. However when the vaccine began being broadly accessible, the closest clinics providing them had been a few 40-minute drive. Oliver stated she needed to make the method simple, so she volunteered to assist schedule appointments and drive her clients to and from the websites.
There are roughly 350 folks within the Panola space, and based on Oliver’s information, solely about 20 adults locally are left unvaccinated. She retains a slowly dwindling listing of them. Read more about Oliver’s efforts here.
Contributing: The Associated Press