More than a year and a half after the start of the epidemic, most Americans believe the coronavirus remains a major threat to public health and the American economy, according to a Pew Research Center report released on Wednesday.
Despite widespread vaccination efforts, 54% of American adults say the worst of the epidemic is yet to come. The report, based on a survey of 10,348 U.S. adults conducted from August 23 to 29, 2021, found that 73% of people aged 18 and over report having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. .
About a quarter of adults say they have not received a vaccine. Some of the lowest vaccination rates are seen among people without health insurance and white evangelical Protestants (57% each) as well as among Republicans and skinny Republicans (60%).
Black adults are now about as likely as white adults to say they have received a vaccine (70% and 72%, respectively). Earlier in the outbreak, African Americans were less likely to say they planned to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
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►Maine Senate Speaker Troy Jackson and Senate Majority Leader Eloise Vitelli have tested positive despite having been vaccinated. Jackson said he had no symptoms; Vitelli said hers were sweet.
►Donald Kauerauf, Missouri’s new health czar, said it was crucial to revamp the state’s immunization message in a bid to bite 80% of state residents. About 52.8% received at least one dose, according to state data.
►A Minnesota judge dismissed a request from concerned parents to impose a statewide mask warrant on all schools. Ramsey County District Judge Thomas Gilligan said the court was “gravely concerned” about the virus, but said the court did not have the legal authority to order Gov. Tim Walz to issue the directive .
► Former “Saturday Night Live” Jim Breuer said on his Facebook page that he would not perform in places requiring proof of vaccination. Breuer said he would not attend two scheduled stand-up shows “because of their segregation requiring people to show up with vaccines, to prove that you are vaccinated.”
??Today’s numbers: The United States has recorded more than 41.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 665,200 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 226.1 million cases and 4.65 million deaths. Nearly 179 million Americans – 54% of the population – have been fully immunized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
??What we read: France reopened to all Americans in June. Despite the EU’s recent recommendation that member countries ban Americans, it’s still open, at least to vaccinated U.S. residents. Read what it’s like to visit Paris as a vaccinated American during the pandemic.
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US to spend $ 470 million to learn more about COVID-19 long
The U.S. government will spend $ 470 million to learn more about the lengthy COVID-19, its causes, and potential treatments.
The National Institutes of Health announced the plans Wednesday with a grant to New York University and a goal to enroll up to 40,000 adults and children nationwide. The effort, dubbed RECOVER, will involve researchers from more than 30 US institutions.
“It’s taken with the utmost seriousness… on a scale that hasn’t really been attempted with something like this,” NIH director Dr. Francis Collins said in a briefing Wednesday. It is estimated that 10% to 30% of people infected with COVID-19 may develop persistent, new or recurring symptoms that can last for months or perhaps years, Collins said.
Nearly 3 Million Americans Buy Insurance During Special Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act
Some 2.8 million Americans purchased health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during a special enrollment period President Joe Biden passed to help people find coverage during the pandemic of coronavirus. Just days after taking office, Biden signed an executive order to reopen insurance enrollment on HealthCare.gov, offering a new opportunity to cover Americans who have lost their jobs and employer-based insurance during the pandemic. The initial special registration period ran from February 15 to May 15, but Biden then extended it until August 15.
The new listings mean 2.8 million families “will have more safety, more room to breathe and more money in their pockets if an illness or accident strikes their homes,” Biden said.
A total of 12.2 million Americans are actively enrolled for coverage under the Affordable Care Act – a historic record, Biden said.
– Michael collins
More than 5,000 Chicago students in quarantine
By the end of the second week of school in the nation’s third largest school district, Chicago public schools had quarantined more than 5,600 students and nearly 100 staff, according to district data provided by the Chicago Teachers Union.
Meanwhile, Chicago public school data released online suggests that nearly 3,000 students were close contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the first day of class on August 30. A district spokesperson did not respond to USA TODAY’s inquiries about the gap.
The district has more than 340,000 students.
– Grace Hauck
Investigation: August COVID hospital bills of $ 3.7 billion doubled in June and July combined
An increase in COVID-19-related hospitalizations among people who have not been vaccinated adds billions of dollars in preventable costs to the nation’s healthcare system, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).
As of August, the new analysis estimates the avoidable costs of treating unvaccinated patients in hospitals to total $ 3.7 billion, nearly double the estimates for June and July combined. The total avoidable costs for those three months are now about $ 5.7 billion. The estimates are based on KFF’s analysis of US Department of Health and Human Services data and find that each COVID-19 hospitalization results in, on average, about $ 20,000 in hospital costs.
1 in 500 Americans have died from COVID
The United States took another pandemic milestone on Tuesday: one in 500 Americans died from COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. With the 662,899th death, America reported a toll equal to 0.2% of the population, based on the number of people who responded to the 2020 census that was taken near the start of the pandemic. Half of those deaths occurred just before Christmas 2020.
The country has reached this point as hospitalizations have increased due to the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus. The outbreak has caused shortages at healthcare facilities unprecedented since the winter peak of COVID-19, before vaccines were widely available in the United States
Since last week, the United States has also recorded more cases of COVID-19 in 2021 than the previous year. In the past 28 days, the country has recorded 4.3 million new cases and more than 39,000 deaths.
– Mike stucka
Clinics specializing in post-infection COVID problems
Clinics are opening across the country specifically to treat patients with post-infection COVID-19 disease. Like the virus, these new clinics are far from uniform. Some focus on one or a handful of symptoms, such as smell and taste, headaches, or heart problems. Others seek to deal with a range of complaints. Some have trained specifically to deal with long-haul COVID-19. Doctors find themselves doing trial and error to figure out what works.
Dr Zijian Chen, an endocrinologist at Icahn’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, said he was concerned that clinics would treat those who show up on their doorstep rather than anyone who needs help.
“We don’t want to give preferential treatment to those who ask for help,” he said. “We want to reach out to those who may not even know the help is there.” Read more here.
– Stéphanie Innes and Shari Rudavsky
Biden Order: Vaccine warrant or test warrant?
A week ago, President Joe Biden signed a measure requiring employees of companies with 100 or more workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly tests if they are not working from home. This has been called a warrant of vaccination, but experts say it can just as easily be considered a warrant of testing. Both will contribute to the ultimate goal of tackling the pandemic, but there are tradeoffs. Vaccination, although controversial for some, is free. The tests help slow the spread but are expensive and it is not yet clear who will pay. But testing alone is not enough, experts say.
“You are not going to test your exit from the pandemic,” said Daniel Salmon, director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “We need high levels of immunity in the population that will come from vaccination, which offers better protection than against natural infections.”
– Elizabeth weise
COVID-19 kills 6 Florida family members in 3 weeks
For months, Lisa Wilson has been going door-to-door in Belle Glade, Florida, trying to convince people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Despite Wilson’s insistence that the shots would save lives, some of her own family ignored her. In the past three weeks, six of them have died from complications from COVID-19.
The nightmare began in late August when her 48-year-old uncle passed away. A day after his funeral, his 89-year-old grandmother was hospitalized and died 24 hours later.
In quick succession, three more cousins followed and on Sunday a 44-year-old assistant football coach from his family died.
“I was in their ears almost every day. “You just have to do it,” Wilson said Tuesday. “I fight myself. Should I have pushed harder?
– Jane Musgrave, Palm Beach Station
Tennessee pastor banned from Twitter over COVID misinformation
Controversial Tennessee pastor Greg Locke, who has been repeatedly accused of spreading misinformation about COVID-19, was banned from Twitter on Tuesday. After the permanent suspension, Locke, who heads Global Vision Bible Church in Mt. Juliet, posted a video on Facebook saying he was being censored for “dropping evangelical bombs.”
Locke’s Church has been running in-person services, including in a tent, since 2020 amid the pandemic. He has expressed his opposition to COVID-19 protocols, even declaring his church a mask-free zone.
– Natalie Neysa Alund, Tennessee
Contribution: The Associated Press