Some People Say They Would Rather Be Infected Naturally Than Get Vaccinated Others Say Theyre Worried About Vaccine Side Effects What Would You Tell Them
Vaccines are tested for their safety in ways that we could never do with a natural viral infection. A lot of what’s referred to as side effects are the precise things that we experience to a greater degree when we are infected: fever, headache, malaise, gastrointestinal issues, etc. With infection, you don’t know how bad it’s going to be. By not getting vaccinated, you’re rolling the dice. You may become severely ill. You may have to be hospitalized. You may die.
There’s also the risk of long COVID. I know a teenage girl who got COVID before the vaccines were available. She didn’t have a lot of symptoms, but now she has all of the symptoms of long COVID. A year later, she is trying to maintain a somewhat normal teenage life with profound fatigue. She has never recovered fully from having COVID.
Postal Workers Union Against Federal Vaccination Mandates But Encourages Members To Get The Jab Voluntarily
The American Postal Workers Union announced on Wednesday that it opposes a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate from the White House, but still encourages workers to get vaccinated.
“Maintaining the health and safety of our members is of paramount importance. While the APWU leadership continues to encourage postal workers to voluntarily get vaccinated, it is not the role of the federal government to mandate vaccinations for the employees we represent,” the APWU said in a statement.
The Union emphasized that issues related to vaccinations and testing for COVID-19 in the workplace must be negotiated with the APWU, and at this time, “the APWU opposes the mandating of COVID-19 vaccinations in relation to U.S. postal workers.”
/12/21 3:26 Pm Pdt San Francisco Becomes Second Major City To Require Vaccination For Indoor Activities
San Francisco has become the second major city to require vaccination for many indoor activities after New York City announced a similar requirement earlier this month.
One major difference is that people in San Francisco will have to be fully vaccinated, whereas in New York, people could be partially vaccinated.
Mayor London Breed made the announcement today and said that people visiting a variety of indoor settings including bars, restaurants, and gyms will be required to show proof of full vaccination.
People picking up takeout orders at restaurants will not have to show proof of vaccination.
/29/21 1:06 Pm Pdt La Officials Ask Everyone To Mask Up Indoors Due To Spread Of Coronavirus Variants
Los Angeles County public health officials are asking all residents, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, to still wear masks indoors to avoid another spike of coronavirus infections.
The recommendation is a precautionary measure that officials hope will curb the spread of the new delta variant that’s rapidly spreading throughout the globe.
The variant has led to a surge in COVID-19 cases in other countries, like Australia, that previously managed to keep a low case count during the pandemic.
According to Los Angeles County health officials, the delta variant now makes up half the variants being sequenced in the county, and it accounts for 1 in 5 new infections nationwide.
Vaccinated People Likely Have Fewer Symptoms Lower Viral Load In Rare Cases Of Breakthrough Infection
COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be very protective against the virus, but they’re not perfect.
In rare cases, often in less than 5 percent of cases, breakthrough infections, or when a vaccinated person develops COVID-19, have been known to occur.
New research from an ongoing University of Arizona Health Sciences study finds that in these rare cases, the vaccines still provide protection.
Researchers from the University of Arizona found that vaccinated study participants tended to have milder symptoms, a shorter infection time, and a lower viral load, meaning less viral material in the body, than unvaccinated study participants who developed COVID-19.
“If you get vaccinated, about 90 percent of the time you’re not going to get COVID-19,” Dr. Jeff Burgess, associate dean for research and professor at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and principal investigator of the study, said in a statement.
“Even if you do get it, there will be less of the virus in you and your illness is likely to be much milder,” he said.
/3/21 12:00 Pm Pdt Biden Administration Outlines Plan To Send 25 Million Vaccines To Other Countries
With vaccination demand in the United States waning, the Biden administration is now looking to send millions of doses abroad to fight COVID-19, according to Reuters.
About 19 million doses will be given to COVAX, the campaign run by the World Health Organization to get vaccines to developing countries. The other 6 million doses will be given directly to countries including Canada, Mexico, India, and South Korea.
While more than 50 percent of the U.S. population has had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, many countries have yet to even start a mass vaccination campaign.
The World Health Organization has been pushing for wealthier countries to donate vaccines to poorer countries to fight the pandemic globally. Should a strain develop in other parts of the world, it can quickly spread to the United States.
/2/21 7:00 Pm Pdt 12 States Have Already Achieved Bidens Goal Of 70% Adults Vaccinated Against Covid
Twelve states have now reached the Biden administration’s goal to vaccinate 70 percent of adults with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by July 4, according to data published yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , reported CNN.
According to CNN, those states are California, Maryland, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
About 168.5 million people — nearly 51 percent of the U.S. population — have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly 41 percent of the population — roughly 136 million people — are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data, CNN reported.
Biden Has Blunt Words For Some Governors: Get Out Of The Way For People Who Are Doing The Right Thing
President Biden, seeking to reiterate that the rise of the highly contagious variant in the United States is a “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” voiced his frustration with leaders who have been slow to provide coronavirus relief or get shots in arms.
Mr. Biden singled out Florida and Texas, where cases have risen sharply, criticizing the pandemic response by the governors in those states.
“We need leadership from everyone,” he said. “Some governors aren’t willing to do the right things to make this happen. I say to these governors, please, if you aren’t going to help, at least get out of the way for people who are doing the right thing.”
/12/21 3:58 Pm Pdt Fda To Add Warning About Rare Neurological Disorder To Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to add a warning to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine saying that it may lead to a slightly increased risk of a rare nerve disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome, according to The New York Times.
Officials have detected about 100 suspected cases of the nerve disorder in the 12.8 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines administered in the United States.
Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare neurological disorder in which the immune system attacks part of the nervous system.
Symptoms can include mild, temporary weakness and tingling to more serious issues, including some cases of paralysis. Most people recover from even serious cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome.
An estimated develop Guillain-Barré syndrome every year in the United States, according to the CDC.
When Will The Summer Coronavirus Surge Peak It Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better Experts Predict
The newly resurgent coronavirus could spark 140,000 to 300,000 cases a day in the United States come August, fueled by the highly transmissible delta variant and the widespread resumption of normal activities, disease trackers predict.
The nation is already reporting more than 70,000 cases a day, according to The Washington Post’s rolling seven-day average — an increase of nearly 60,000 in the daily average in less than six weeks. Cases, measured as that rolling average, have risen to levels last seen in February.
Justin Lessler, a University of North Carolina epidemiology professor who assisted in coordinating pandemic forecasts through the COVID-19 Scenario Modeling Hub, said he was “quite concerned. … It worries me that we may have been too optimistic” in projecting lower caseloads into the fall.
The seven-day average of cases nationwide has risen by about 60 percent in the past week alone. Daily hospitalizations rose by roughly 40 percent and deaths rose almost 30 percent, now averaging more than 300 each day.
“It is getting worse, and at least as of right now, it is not really slowing down in the U.S.,” said David W. Dowdy, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
If there is a silver lining, it is this: Experts do not expect hospitalizations and deaths to rise to the levels experienced in the winter. “The people who are getting sick are younger and healthier,” Dowdy said.
Lets Talk About Variants Of The Coronavirus Do Vaccines Also Provide Better Protection Against Them
The good news is that the current vaccines recognize these variant viruses and induce excellent immunity against them. For people who were previously infected and have high immunity, they have will have pretty good recognition of these variants, but you don’t really know your level of immunity against a specific variant or how degraded your immune response may be. You might actually be susceptible to reinfection with one of these variants. You just can’t predict it.
So, rather than flipping a coin, get vaccinated.
/17/21 2:26 Pm Pdt Uk Prime Minister Boris Johnson Urges Heavy Dose Of Caution As Country Reopens
As the United Kingdom starts to allow reopenings and social gatherings, the prime minister is urging people to be careful.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson cautioned U.K. citizens to use a “heavy dose of caution” as pubs and other gathering places reopen, according to The Guardian.
The United Kingdom previously reopened with fanfare only to face another strict lockdown as COVID-19 cases surged.
What Might Happen In The Fall And Winter When People Move Indoors And Children Are Back In School
“There’s every reason to suspect that SARS-CoV-2 infection rates will be worse in winter as opposed to summertime, because that’s the path we see with other respiratory viruses,” Dowdy says. “ we don’t have evidence yet.” And with so much Delta circulating in both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, we are unwittingly exerting selection pressure for new, more dangerous variants to evolve, Andersen cautions. “This fall and winter I am not sure we will be dealing with Delta. I think we will probably be dealing with a variant we haven’t heard about yet,” he says. “From a viral evolution perspective, it would be foolish not to expect that.”
/15/21 3:37 Pm Pdt Missouri Health Officials Request Alternate Care Site Amid Surge Of Patients
Officials in Missouri are asking for help from the State Emergency Management Agency to set up an alternate care site to help treat the growing number of people with COVID-19.
According to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department in Missouri, cases have risen in the county by 43 percent in the last 7 days.
/2/21 2:40 Pm Pdt Moderna And Pfizer Vaccines Prime T Cells To Fight Virus Variants Study Finds
Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology have found that T cells, or immune cells, from people who’ve recovered from COVID-19 or received doses of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are able to recognize several coronavirus variants, reported San Diego News.
The new study, recently published in Cell Reports Medicine, finds both CD4+ “helper” T cells and CD8+ “killer” T cells continue to recognize mutated forms of the coronavirus.
This response is key to our body’s complex immune response to the virus, and allows the immune system to eliminate infected cells and stop severe infections.
“This study suggests that the impact of mutations found in the variants of concern is limited,” said LJI professor Alessandro Sette, Dr.Bio.Sci., study senior author and member of the LJI Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research, in a statement. “We can presume that T cells would still be available as a line of defense against viral infection.”
The current study includes data on four of the most common variants of concern , according to an LJI press release.
LJI also announced that ongoing studies have been expanded to a larger panel of variants, including the delta variant, which became common after the study was initiated.
The research team has established relationships with more than 20 different laboratories around the world to help monitor T cell reactivity to VOCs.
Does The Severity Of Infection Make A Difference In Immunity If I Had A Terrible Case Of Covid
Absolutely. My lab here at the Bloomberg School and others have shown that people who were hospitalized, who were really sick with COVID, in many cases are believed to have greater immunity than people with less severe disease. But again, that immunity may be declining. So, even if you had a more severe case, you still should plan to get vaccinated.
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Appears To Protect Against Variants Effective For At Least 8 Months
New data from Johnson & Johnson has found that its COVID-19 vaccine appears to be protective against the new infectious delta variant.
Additionally, the vaccine appears to provide durable protection against infection for at least 8 months. The study has been ongoing for 8 months, and there’s no sign the vaccine is likely to stop working at the 8-month mark.
“Current data for the eight months studied so far show that the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine generates a strong neutralizing antibody response that does not wane; rather, we observe an improvement over time. In addition, we observe a persistent and particularly robust, durable cellular immune response,” Dr. Mathai Mammen, global head of research and development for Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, said in a statement.
Wuhan Where The Virus Emerged Will Test All Residents After Its First Outbreak In Over A Year
Wuhan, the city in central China where the pandemic first emerged, is planning to test all of its 11 million residents for the coronavirus, officials said on Tuesday, as they announced the first local transmission there since last spring.
The city, the first to show the world the damage the virus could wreak, had not recorded any local cases since May of last year, after a harsh two-and-a-half month lockdown helped eradicate the virus there. But city officials said they had detected three symptomatic local cases in the previous 24 hours, as well as five asymptomatic ones.
Wuhan had some of China’s strictest measures to stop the spread of the virus, and many residents continued to wear masks even as people elsewhere relaxed as the country brought the outbreak under control. But China is battling several new flare-ups as the Delta variant makes inroads, including in the cities of Nanjing and Zhangjiajie, and several more in the country’s south. The authorities in Zhangjiajie also barred residents and tourists from leaving the city, imposing a de facto lockdown.
Wuhan had previously tested all its residents in two weeks last spring, mobilizing the Chinese Communist Party’s vast network of local officials in a feat unprecedented at the time. Since then, the country has carried out several mass testing campaigns.
Officials also announced on Tuesday that large-scale gatherings would be prohibited. They encouraged residents not to leave Wuhan and suspended offline classes.
What Does The Delta Variant Have In Store For The United States We Asked Coronavirus Experts
The United States is standing at a dire inflection point, with pandemic coronavirus cases surging and only 50% of the population fully vaccinated. Driving the latest wave is the highly contagious Delta variant, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention caused between 80% and 87% of all U.S. COVID-19 cases in the last 2 weeks of July—up from 8% to 14% in early June. The variant’s exceptional infectiousness has driven cases from a 7-day average of 13,500 daily cases in early June to 92,000 on 3 August. At the same time, an internal CDC document that leaked last week says the variant may make people sicker, citing published reports from Singapore and Scotland and a preprint from Canada.
The good news is that severe disease and death are highly unlikely among the vaccinated—and U.S. vaccination rates are beginning to increase once again, if modestly.
How bad will the U.S. surge become, and how long will it take to recede? “Anyone saying they know exactly what is happening is overconfident,” says Natalie Dean, a biostatistician at Emory University. “There is a lot of uncertainty about what will happen in the future, even on a relatively short time scale.” With that proviso, here is what Dean and other scientists closely following the pandemic told Science
Does Deltas Trajectory Influence The Debate Over Whether People Should Receive Booster Doses
Scientists generally agree on the need for immunocompromised people to receive boosters soon, although a go-ahead from U.S. regulators will be needed. Israel is moving ahead with administering a third vaccine dose to people ages 60 and older, and the United Kingdom may soon follow with boosters for older people.
But experts disagree on whether Delta’s emergence calls for an urgent focus on boosters in the general population. Pfizer added fuel to the conversation last week, when it showing the efficacy of its vaccine declined from 96.2% to 83.7% more than 4 months after full vaccination.
But because the available U.S. vaccines are still highly effective against Delta and the vast majority of serious illness and death is occurring in people who are unvaccinated, “I would strongly prioritize getting more people fully vaccinated than getting booster shots in people,” Dowdy says.
Dean adds that a global view is important: “We live in a world where so many people remain unvaccinated. How do you justify that boost to individuals that have a certain amount of protection?”
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus threw the organization’s moral authority behind that viewpoint today, on booster vaccinations through at least September. Confronted with the Delta variant, he said, “We cannot accept countries that have already used most of the global supply of vaccines using even more of it, while the world’s most vulnerable people remain unprotected.”
/22/21 1:40 Pm Pdt Delta Variant Likely To Become The Dominant Variant Within Weeks In Us
The highly transmissible delta variant is likely to become the dominant coronavirus variant in the United States within a few weeks, according to new data.
Originally detected in India, the delta variant is now being found throughout the United States, even as cases decline amid increasing vaccinations.
While vaccinations continue, the rate of people being vaccinated has been declining since a high in April. Experts are concerned that new coronavirus variants could continue to spread among unvaccinated people, prolonging the pandemic.
A Michigan Official Quits A Leadership Role After Using Covid Funds For His Own Hazard Pay
After a backlash from Michigan residents and a rebuke from a state judge, a Republican elected official who used federal Covid relief money to give himself $25,000 in hazard pay resigned his leadership position this week.
Jeremy R. Root resigned his position as chairman of the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners, according to a resignation letter read at a public meeting on Sunday. Mr. Root, who did not attend the meeting, said in the letter that he would retain his position as a commissioner, representing the southeast part of the county, about 26 miles west of Flint.
The plan to use the federal funds for “Covid hazard pay for county employees” was approved by all six Republican commissioners that were present at the board’s July 15 meeting, according to a draft of the minutes.
The bonuses included $25,000 for Mr. Root, $10,000 each for two other commissioners, and $5,000 each for four other commissioners, MLive-The Flint Journal reported. After a public backlash, the commissioners reversed course a week later, and a judge later ordered them to give back the money, The Associated Press reported.
An average of six coronavirus cases per day are being reported in the county, according to data collected by The New York Times. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least one in 10 county residents has been infected, totaling more than 6,500 cases.
But when Mr. Root’s letter went on to say that he “will retain my position as a commissioner,” the cheers turned to boos.
/23/21 3:12 Pm Pdt Cdc Group Reports 126 Cases Of Heart Inflammation Per 1 Million Covid
A few rare cases of heart inflammation are “likely” associated with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, according to experts on a panel convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
According to CNBC, panel experts reported there have been more than 1,200 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis in people who have received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
Most of the people affected were men under 30. Nearly 80 percent of those affected have recovered, and nine people were hospitalized. Two were in intensive care as of June 11.
Rare Case Shows Its Possible To Contract 2 Coronavirus Variants At Same Time Says Expert
Scientists have found that it’s possible to contract two different coronavirus variants at the same time.
Researchers from Belgium have presented a case study of an unvaccinated older woman who was found to have infections with both the alpha and beta coronavirus variants.
Experts presented the case study at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases this weekend, announcing it’s believed to be the first known case of double infection, which underscores the need to be alert to this possibility.
The research has not yet been peer-reviewed.
The 90-year-old patient died in a hospital in Belgium in March.
“This is one of the first documented cases of co-infection with two SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern,” said lead study author and molecular biologist Dr. Anne Vankeerberghen from the OLV Hospital in Aalst, Belgium, in a statement.
“Both these variants were circulating in Belgium at the time, so it is likely that the lady was co-infected with different viruses from two different people. Unfortunately, we don’t know how she became infected,” she said.
Can Other Countries Delta Surges Offer Hints About What Will Happen In The United States
In India, where the Delta variant was first identified, a massive, Delta-driven wave began in late March and receded by late June, even though mask wearing was spotty and less than 1% of the population was vaccinated as the wave began. In the United Kingdom, a surge that began in early June peaked in mid-July and is now rapidly receding, although daily cases are still many times what they were before the Delta variant took over.
But assuming the U.S. surge will recede as quickly as the one in the United Kingdom did may be a mistake. In that country, vaccine uptake has been much higher than in the United States. Former CDC Director Tom Frieden, president of the nonprofit Resolve to Save Lives, cautioned yesterday in a tweet that the number of unvaccinated Americans could make the U.S. surge “much deadlier” than the United Kingdom’s.
The US Covid surge continues, but hospitalizations are increasing far faster here than they ever did during the UK’s surge. With so many unvaccinated Americans, our surge will be MUCH deadlier. pic.twitter.com/JNncv5GL25
— Dr. Tom Frieden August 3, 2021