Catholic leader fueled lies about Covid-19 vaccines before ending up on ventilator
Those not vaccinated against Covid-19 are not only risking their own health – they are also jeopardizing the medical care of others and fueling a wave that is forcing more students to self-quarantine, doctors say.
Hospitalizations for Covid-19 have doubled in the past three weeks, with 83,693 people hospitalized this week, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
No intensive care beds are left in the entire state of Alabama, the Alabama Hospital Association told CNN on Tuesday.
“We’re actually in a negative 11,” association president Dr. Don Williamson told CNN affiliate WSFA. “In the Montgomery area, we have eight more patients receiving intensive care than we have designated intensive care beds here. In other parts of the state, we have over 30 patients in hospitals, requiring intensive care, who are not in a designated intensive care bed. . “
Alabama has 1,557 staffed intensive care unit beds and as of Tuesday 1,568 patients required intensive care, Williamson said. The Alabama Department of Public Health said 2,631 people are hospitalized with complications from Covid-19.
In Tennessee, “We are ready to deploy additional Tennessee National Guard medical personnel to our hospitals that need help the most,” the state health department wrote in a letter Monday.
In Kentucky, hospitals are starting to cancel or postpone surgeries that would require postoperative hospital admission, state Public Health Commissioner Dr Steven Stack said.
“Data from intensive care and ventilators – this is a vertical climb,” Stack said Tuesday. “There is no sign that it is decreasing. We are already just below our all-time record. Another day or two, we will surpass that record for intensive care.”
Thousands more students are forced to stay at home
More than 3,000 students and employees have been quarantined in the New Orleans public school district due to cases of Covid-19 over the past week, according to the district’s latest count.
This represents 5.89% of all students and teachers in the school district.
In Florida, 5,599 students and 316 public school employees in Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, were in isolation or quarantine Monday morning due to cases of Covid-19, according to the school district.
The Hillsborough County School Board said it would hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss Covid-19 mitigation strategies – which may include “mandatory face coverings for all students and staff”.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s office said the state could withhold salaries from officials who impose mask warrants in schools.
But most Americans – 69% – support local school districts requiring everyone to wear masks inside schools, according to Axios-Ipsos poll results released Tuesday.
A majority, 77%, opposes state governments withholding funding from school districts or local governments that implement mask mandates.
The poll, which was conducted Aug. 13-16 and comprised of a nationally representative sample of 1,041 American adults, also found that 64% of Americans support state and local governments requiring masks in all public places.
Boosters could be available in the coming months
Fully vaccinated people may be able to get more protection against Covid-19 in the form of a booster in the coming months.
On Monday, Pfizer and BioNTech said they had submitted initial data to the United States Food and Drug Administration to support the use of a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The dose elicited a significantly higher antibody response against the original strain of coronavirus and the Delta and Beta variants compared to what was seen in people who received two doses, they said.
The booster dose appeared to be just as protective against the Delta and Beta variants as it was against the original strain of the novel coronavirus.
But “that doesn’t actually answer the key question we have left at this time,” CNN medical analyst Dr Leana Wen said. “The key question is, how quickly does immunity decline after the first two doses?”
With the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant, senior officials in the Biden administration are reaching an agreement that most Americans should receive a booster eight months after being fully vaccinated, according to sources familiar with the discussions.
The Biden administration’s plan, which is still under development, would be to give third injections from mid-September to the end of September, a source told CNN, pending FDA clearance.
Since healthcare workers and nursing home patients were the first to receive their injections, the administration expects them to be the first to receive boosters as well.
Last week, the FDA cleared third doses for some immunocompromised people. The CDC almost immediately recommended giving these doses.
White House set to share first US data on declining immunity
President Joe Biden plans to speak on COVID-19 vaccine booster shots on Wednesday, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
Senior health officials in the Biden administration are rallying around a deal that most Americans should receive COVID-19 booster shots eight months after being fully immunized, two sources familiar with the talks told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.
The expected Wednesday announcement of a Covid-19 recall plan for the general population will include details of the first data on declining immunity among vaccines in the United States, a senior federal health official said to CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Officials previously said they were closely monitoring this data from Israel and Europe, but had yet to see evidence from the United States supporting the need for a recall. That should change during Wednesday’s briefing.
US ‘steals blind’ across full extent of Covid-19 and children
Doctors say one way to help students stay in classrooms is to have students – especially those who are not vaccinated – wear masks at school, experts from the health.
“It shouldn’t be for months. It shouldn’t be forever. But right now, when people come back, masking is a reasonable public health measure,” said Dr Brett Giroir, former assistant secretary at Trump’s health. administration.
“I support it and I encourage parents to encourage their children to do so.”
During this wave of the Delta variant, hospitalizations for Covid-19 have skyrocketed among children. But the total number of serious pediatric cases is unknown.
“Only 23 states and New York City actually report the number of children hospitalized,” said Giroir, a pediatrician. He said Texas and Florida are among the states where the total number of Covid-19 child hospitalizations is unknown.
“Speaking of flying blind, versus kids,” Giroir said. “We need better data, and that has to be the basis for action.”
Giroir said it is important to remember the risk of long Covid for some who catch Covid-19 – “which means for months they will be in pain, they will be tired, they will have brain fog, as their memory becomes centered in their brain shrinks. “
Because the Covid-19 vaccination is only available to Americans 12 and older, face masks play a key role in helping children avoid the Delta variant – and keeping students in school instead of 40s, Wen said.
If students need to be in a room before they can all be vaccinated, having proper testing, ventilation and masking is crucial, Wen said.
“Why wouldn’t we want every tool at our disposal to help keep our children safe at this point? ” she said.
“The Delta variant … is due to unvaccinated reservoirs”
About 50.9% of Americans have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This leaves plenty of chances for the highly contagious Delta variant to spread, send more people to hospitals, and prevent more students from learning in classrooms.
“The Delta variant we are dealing with is due to unvaccinated reservoirs,” said Dr. Chris T. Pernell, member of the American College of Preventive Medicine.
“When we have a significant part of the (unvaccinated) population… the virus breaks out. It has free rein to mutate and try to get ahead of the interventions and the immune system.”
Hospitals are feeling the brunt of the rise
Thirty-seven states are seeing an increase in the average number of new cases from the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. And the impact can be seen in strained healthcare systems.
Cases in Mississippi continued to rise, with the latest data from the state’s health department showing 7,839 new cases and 52 new deaths in the three days to August 15.
In response to the record number of hospitalizations for Covid-19, the University of Mississippi Medical Center said a second field hospital was being built in one of its parking lots.
The field hospital will have intensive care capacity and will be able to treat up to 32 patients at a time, the medical center said.
In Texas, following a review of the rising death toll, the State Department of Health Services submitted a request for five mortuary trailers as part of normal readiness to make them available for support local jurisdictions in case they need it, ”DSHS Press Officer said Douglas Loveday.
Like Florida Governor, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning school districts from requiring masks.
Texas and Florida lead the country in pediatric hospitalizations.
On Monday, 239 Texan children were hospitalized with Covid-19, according to HHS data. Florida has had 170 children hospitalized with Covid-19.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated which state had 170 pediatric hospitalizations for Covid-19. As of Monday, Florida had 170 children hospitalized with Covid-19.
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