Fauci on the pandemic phase, the rise in cases, the vaccine for children – NBC Chicago

When could the COVID pandemic end?

New comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci spark backlash as Illinois metrics continue to climb. Meanwhile, potentially good news for parents, as vaccinations for young children take another step toward clearance.

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

Moderna asks the FDA to approve its COVID-19 vaccine for children under 6

Moderna asked U.S. regulators on Thursday to allow low doses of its COVID-19 vaccine for children under 6, a long-awaited move toward potentially opening up vaccines for millions of children by summer.

Frustrated families anxiously await a chance to protect the nation’s smallest children as all around them people throw away masks and other public health precautions – even as highly contagious coronavirus mutants continue to spread .

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COVID by the numbers: Illinois reports more than 3,000 new cases amid pandemic ‘deceleration’

Amid comments from top U.S. health officials that the COVID-19 pandemic is “decelerating,” Illinois is still seeing more than 3,000 new virus cases a day, according to the latest state data.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the state recorded 3,434 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. That brings the state’s average daily COVID cases down slightly, with 3,070 new cases per day according to authorities.

Even with a slight drop, the number is still up almost 20% from a week ago, according to data from the IDPH.

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Governor Pritzker on Fauci’s comments on the COVID pandemic: ‘I hope and pray that he is accurate’

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said he hopes Dr Anthony Fauci was right when he says the worst of the pandemic may be behind the United States, but it remains to be seen whether current levels may or may not be maintained.

Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said Wednesday that the coronavirus was better controlled in the United States, but the pandemic was not over.

His comments came a day after he told PBS’s “NewsHour” that the United States was “out of the pandemic phase” and also told the Washington Post that the country was finally “out of the explosive pandemic phase apart from entire”.

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Chicago COVID Metrics: City with ‘low community level’ of transmission even as cases rise

Even though COVID cases have increased 26% over the past seven days, Chicago health officials say the city remains at a “low community level” risk of COVID transmission, with hospitalizations remaining largely stable despite the increase in cases.

According to the latest data released by the Chicago Department of Public Health, the city has averaged 585 new cases of COVID-19 per day over the past week. That’s a 26% increase from the previous week, officials said.

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Cases of “Stealth Omicron” subvariant continue to rise: CDC

A new version of the omicron variant continues to spread in the United States, with the Centers for Disease Control estimating that the descendant now accounts for nearly a third of cases in the country.

According to the latest estimates provided by the department on Tuesday, the BA.2.12.1 subvariant accounted for about 28.7% of COVID cases in the United States over the past week.

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How long are you contagious with COVID and how soon could symptoms start? Here’s what you need to know

If you test positive for coronavirus or have been exposed to someone who has it, when could symptoms start, how long are you contagious, how long should you self-quarantine and when should you get tested?

As COVID cases slowly rise in Illinois and parts of the United States, local health officials have issued warnings to take precautions, especially in areas where the risk of transmission is increasing.

Illinois has seen new virus cases increase by more than 40% in the past week.

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COVID or allergy? Here’s how to tell the difference between the symptoms

With high levels of tree pollen floating around in the air and lingering COVID variants, pinpointing the reason for runny nose and fatigue can be difficult.

Before self-diagnosing, health officials have said the best way to identify the disease is through testing, especially given the overlap of some symptoms between coronavirus and seasonal allergies.

So how can you tell the difference between the two?

Here is a list of COVID and allergy symptoms as outlined by the CDC.

COVID by the Numbers: Illinois Sees 40% Increase in Cases in Last 7 Days

A recent surge in the number of COVID cases in Illinois has continued unabated this week as the state saw new virus cases increase by more than 40%.

According to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the state is seeing an average of 3,136 new cases per day over the past seven days. This represents an increase of 43.1% last week, compared to 2,191 cases per day last Monday.

Over the past month, daily case rates in the state have increased 170%, according to IDPH data.

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Is there a link between severe hepatitis in children, adenovirus and coronavirus?

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a nationwide public health alert to physicians nationwide, asking physicians to be on the lookout for unusual cases of severe liver disease in infected children.

On Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Health issued a warning that 3 possible cases of the mysterious disease have been detected in Illinois – 2 in suburban Chicago and 1 in western Illinois.

Although the cause of these mysterious diseases is not entirely clear, one of the main suspects is in fact the adenovirus.

One line of inquiry being explored is that the outbreak may be linked to an increase in common viral infections after COVID-19 restrictions were phased out. Children who have not been exposed to adenovirus in the past two years may now be hit harder when exposed to the viruses.

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How long after exposure do COVID symptoms begin?

As coronavirus cases increase in Illinois and across the country in part due to the now-dominant BA.2 omicron subvariant, the risk of being exposed to someone with COVID also increases. But when can symptoms first appear after potential exposure?

Some experts say the omicron variant has “accelerated” the timing of what many once knew with COVID, including the incubation period, or the time between exposure and the onset of symptoms. Late last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for quarantine and isolation were updated to reflect this change.

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Here’s One Chicago-Area County at an average level of the COVID community

Even though COVID-19 cases have increased across Illinois, most of the state, as well as the Chicago area, remain at low community levels.

However, some counties were listed in the medium category based on increases in metrics including the rate of COVID cases, new admissions, and staffed inpatient beds used by patients with confirmed COVID-19.

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CDC guidelines for exposure to COVID: What to know about quarantine times, symptoms

After being exposed to or testing positive for COVID-19, how long should you self-quarantine and when can symptoms appear?

As cases, and now deaths and hospitalizations, slowly increase in Illinois and parts of the United States, local health authorities have issued warnings to take precautions, especially in areas where the risk of transmission increases.

Here’s a rundown of advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on what to do if you test positive or if you think you’ve been exposed to someone who has. These guidelines were last updated at the end of March.

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