Even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that those vaccinated should not need to wear masks indoors two months ago, experts are now calling on people to “vax it and mask it.”
Los Angeles County this weekend demanded that people mask themselves indoors, although the county sheriff said he would not enforce it. Other counties in California have also recommended that you wear the mask indoors. Arkansas, Missouri and New York are assessing mask warrants as cases increase in those states.
And the American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday released recommendations for the 2021-22 school year that include all people over the age of 2 wearing masks, regardless of their immunization status.
“Instead of vaxing it OR masking it, emerging data suggests the CDC should advise vaxing it and masking it in areas with (increasing) cases and positivity until the numbers come down again,” former US surgeon general Dr Jerome Adams said. said on Twitter.
The weekly moving average of cases in the United States has nearly tripled in the past month. The rate of deaths is also up sharply – 24.7% from its low point two weeks ago.
CDC director Rochelle Walensky told NBC News that there may be contexts in which local officials have to make decisions that are different from national ones.
“There are areas of this country where about a third of people are vaccinated. They have low vaccination rates. And there are areas that have more disease,” Walensky said.
“These masking policies are not about protecting the vaccinated, they are about protecting the unvaccinated,” she said.
Also in the news:
►Costco Wholesale will continue to run special hours of operation for members 60 and over and vulnerable shoppers, reducing them to two days per week.
►The United States has improved its travel warnings for Britain, Indonesia and three other destinations, advising Americans not to travel there due to an increase in coronavirus cases.
►Florida Representative Vern Buchanan tested positive for COVID-19 after being fully immunized earlier this year, according to a statement from his office on Monday. The Republican is in home quarantine after experiencing “mild flu-like symptoms,” the statement said.
►A federal judge allows Indiana University to continue its COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all students and employees. Eight IU students sought to block the requirement.
►With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surging over the past month in Alabama, but still well short of when the pandemic was at its worst earlier this year, school officials said that vaccines would not be needed in the fall and that local systems can decide on their own whether masks or other precautions are needed.
►Canada will reopen its doors to U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated permanent residents starting August 9.
Numbers of the day: The United States has recorded more than 34.1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 609,233 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 190.8 million cases and 4 million deaths. More than 161.4 million Americans – 48.6% of the population – have been fully immunized, according to the CDC.
What we read: An American gymnast who is a replacement for the very popular American Olympic gymnastics team has tested positive for the coronavirus. Four days before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed, the nightmarish scenario of the Games has come true.
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What you need to know about breakthrough infections
A positive case of a virus after vaccination against that virus is called a “vaccine breakthrough case”. They are rare, but they are expected.
The vaccines developed against COVID are surprisingly effective, but they are not 100%.
According to the CDC, the effectiveness of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is 94-95% after the second injection, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was 66.3% effective in preventing infection. Even in the best case scenario, this represents at least 5 in every 100 people vaccinated potentially vulnerable to infection.
There is some evidence that vaccination can make the disease less severe in people who get vaccinated but still get sick, according to the CDC. Some fully vaccinated people may still be hospitalized and die, but fully vaccinated people are much less likely to do so than people with similar risk factors who are not vaccinated.
If you are around people who are immunocompromised or children too young to be vaccinated, or if you live or travel in an area with low vaccination rates, you may want to keep your mask a little longer.
People who have been vaccinated can reduce the risk of passing the virus on to someone else by wearing a mask, he said. Read a full explanation on breakthrough infections.
– CA Bridges, Palm Beach Post
UK ‘Freedom Day’ welcomes people to nightclubs as fear of COVID infection remains
Music flooded nightclubs across England when they reopened on Monday night, and club-goers finally got the chance to party and dance the night away at full capacity. The country has lifted remaining restrictions on coronaviruses after more than a year of lockdowns, mask warrants and additional restrictions.
However, freedom came with some hesitation. UK COVID-19 cases are increasing as the delta variant spreads across the country.
Over the past week, cases have reached around 50,000 a day and Britain recorded just over 54,000 new cases on Saturday, the highest since January, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Data also showed deaths are still low but have dropped from 10 a day in June to 40 a day last week.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the public to “proceed with caution”.
He spent “Freedom Day” in quarantine after coming into contact with Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who tested positive for COVID-19. UK officials have shared confidence the vaccine will help curb infections, but 1,2000 scientists around the world have supported a letter in The Lancet, a British medical journal, calling the decision to lift almost all restrictions “dangerous and premature”.
Why did the Dow lose 700 points on Monday?
Concerns about the resurgence of the pandemic caused Wall Street shares in Tokyo to fall on Monday, fueled by fears that faster-spreading variants of the coronavirus could upend the strong economic recovery.
The increased concerns about the virus may seem strange to people in parts of the world where masks come off, or have already done, thanks to COVID-19 vaccinations.
But the World Health Organization says cases and deaths are increasing globally after a period of decline, spurred by the highly contagious delta variant. And given how tightly connected the global economy is, one blow anywhere can quickly affect others on the other side of the world. Read more here.
Contribute: The Associated Press.