As the school year approaches across much of the country, there is growing evidence – both digital and anecdotal – of children’s vulnerability to coronavirus and its highly transmissible delta variant.
The American Academy of Pediatrics said as of July 29, nearly 4.2 million children have tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic, including nearly 72,000 last week. This is almost twice as many as the 39,000 infections the week before. As a perspective, about 79,000 Americans of all ages tested positive in one week in late June.
Two children with COVID-19 died over the weekend at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
One of the children was a hospital patient, said pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr Nick Hysmith of Le Bonheur. Another child died during transport to hospital, he said. The child was arriving at the regional hospital from a nearby hospital.
“It is important for everyone to know that we are seeing sicker children, we are seeing more children admitted who are sick with actual COVID disease, and that these children, some of them are in our intensive care unit. and some of them are intubated, ”Hysmith said.
“I just think it’s really important for the public to realize that kids get sick,” Hysmith said. “It’s happening.”
Also in the news:
►The Food and Drug Administration aims to fully approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine by early next month, according to the New York Times.
► Almost all foreign visitors will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering the United States, according to a plan the Biden administration is working on, the Associated Press reported.
► City of Los Angeles officials are considering a proposal that would require people to prove they have been vaccinated to enter restaurants, museums, gyms and other public spaces, in the footsteps of New York City, which became the first in the country to require proof of the COVID-19 vaccine to enter many indoor public spaces this week.
►Texas state health officials say new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the state show more dramatic jumps than past outbreaks of the pandemic. During a video conference on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the state’s Department of Health Services said the seven-day moving average of new cases of viral infections increased 92% from last week, while that hospitalizations have increased by 49% and deaths from COVID-19 have increased by 15%. .
►The number of students and staff in an eastern Arkansas school district who have been quarantined due to a coronavirus outbreak has grown to more than 700.
Today’s numbers: The United States has recorded more than 35.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 614,800 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 200.1 million cases and 4.2 million deaths. More than 165.8 million Americans – 49.8% of the population – have been fully immunized, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Here’s what we know about the lambda variant
More than 90% of new coronavirus infections in the United States come from the delta variant, according to the latest data from the CDC. The main delta strand accounted for 83.4% of infections during the two-week period that ended July 31, according to the CDC. The other delta strands accounted for an additional 10%.
But other variants are also causing concern on social media, such as the lambda variant.
The lambda variant, first detected in Peru in August 2020, first made its way to the United States on July 22 and now accounts for 1,053 cases nationwide. The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not both classify the variant as a variant of concern, a classification assigned to both alpha and delta. It represents a handful of cases in 28 countries, according to GISAID, an initiative dedicated to promoting COVID-19 data through genomic sequencing.
While some studies indicate that the variant may be vaccine resistant or highly transmissible, the lambda variant shows no signs of concern about its ability to become the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States as a delta, Dr Abhijit Duggal, an ICU physician and director of critical care research for the Cleveland Clinic’s medical ICU, told the Nashville Tennessean.
Fayetteville State University freshman wins vaccine raffle
A freshman at Fayetteville State University is the third winner of the $ 1 million COVID-19 vaccine lottery, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in his COVID-19 briefing on Thursday.
Audrey Chavous, 18, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was randomly selected on July 21 for the third $ 1 million gift to the North Carolina Vaccine Lottery. Chavous will be starting his freshman year at Fayetteville State University this fall.
The North Carolina Vaccine Lottery awards $ 1 million to four people 18 years of age or older who choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Four grants of $ 125,000 are also awarded to four vaccinated people under the age of 18.
Chavous joined the governor during her COVID-19 briefing and explained why she chose to be vaccinated and what she planned to do with the money.
“I chose to get the vaccine, not only for the safety of other people around me, but just for my own safety,” she said.
– Jack Boden, The Observer of Fayetteville
Mattel announced on Wednesday that they would create a barbie doll Professor Sarah Gilbert, who was instrumental in the development of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine. The barbie in her image will wear her dark rimmed glasses and long auburn hair while wearing a professional outfit.
The doll derives from Mattel’s latest #ThankYouHeroes program, according to a press release from the toy maker. They will make five more dolls from other leading first responders in the global fight against COVID-19.
According to Mattel, they have five other special edition Barbies: Amy O’Sullivan from the United States; Dr Audrey Sue Cruz from the United States; Dr Chika Stacy Oriuwa from Canada; Dr Jaqueline Goes de Jesus from Brazil; and Dr Kirby White from Australia.
As part of the program, Barbie will donate $ 5 for each special edition doll sold at participating Target stores of the First Responders Children’s Foundation, according to the release.
Gilbert told The Guardian that she thought being transformed into a Barbie was “very strange”, but that she also hoped it would empower the young girls.
“I am passionate about the idea of inspiring the next generation of girls into the careers of Stem and I hope the children who see my Barbie realize how vital science careers are in helping the world around us,” Gilbert told the Guardian. “My wish is for my doll to show children careers that they may not be aware of, like a vaccinologist. “
Heart problems associated with U.S. vaccines rare, research finds
For every million Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, only 60 developed heart problems, according to one new study published in the JAMA Network on Wednesday. The study found that the complications were short-lived.
Vaccination-associated myocarditis was mostly prevalent in young men within days of the second vaccine, according to the study.
“We see that these adverse events result in very short and mundane hospital stays,” Dr. Jeremy Faust, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who was not part of the study, told The New York Times. “The same cannot be said for hospitalizations for COVID-19 in this age group or any other age group so far. “