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 imposed masks indoors this weekend, although the county sheriff said he would not apply it. Other counties in California have recommended indoor masks as well. 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:
►Twitter said on Monday that he suspended Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s account for 12 hours for violating her policy after posting two misleading tweets about COVID-19.
►Costco will continue to organize special hours of operation for members 60 and over and vulnerable buyers, reducing them to two days per week.
►The United States has improved its travel warnings for Britain, Indonesia and three other destinations.
►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 on the rise 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 local systems require masks or other precautions.
►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: At a time when the infection rate has doubled, many go unvaccinated, and the delta variant is much more contagious than the original, it’s important to recognize that vaccines aren’t perfect.
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Low vaccination rates, delta variant fuel surge in southern cases
New cases linked to the highly infectious delta variant are on the increase and disproportionately affect unvaccinated populations, creating a precarious situation in several southern states. In many of these states, health workers continue to grapple with widespread reluctance and misinformation regarding immunization, which has resulted in some of the lowest immunization rates in the country.
Over the past two weeks, health officials in the region have issued warnings alerting the public to the widespread spread of the delta variant, which spreads more easily.
“It is very reminiscent of where we were at the start of the pandemic,” said Mississippi state epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers. “It feels like we’re in the same situation now with the delta variant.” Read more here.
– Maria Clark, Melissa Brown and Sarah Haselhorst, The American South
Americans struggle to pay their medical bills during pandemic
Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to pay their medical bills during the pandemic due to being infected with COVID-19, losing income or losing their employer’s health insurance coverage, according to a new survey.
More than a third of insured adults and half of uninsured adults reported having difficulty paying a medical bill. The national survey conducted by the Commonwealth Fund between March and June 2021 questioned 5,450 working-age adults on the impact of the pandemic on their health insurance coverage and their medical debt.
“They suffered ruined credit scores. They couldn’t afford basic necessities like food, heat or rent, ”said lead author Dr Sara Collins, Commonwealth Fund vice president for coverage, access and health care monitoring.
This trend has become a chronic problem in the U.S. healthcare system, she said. Read more here.
These are the biggest COVID vaccine myths spreading online
Health officials say disinformation continues to hamper vaccination efforts and call on social media companies to do more to address it.
“They’re killing people,” President Joe Biden said when NBC News asked him what his message was to platforms like Facebook. “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they kill people.
In a statement, Facebook said the company would not be “distracted by accusations that are not supported by the facts.” Biden clarified on Monday that his comments were aimed at those who spread lies about the vaccine on social media platforms.
Health experts agree more needs to be done to tackle misinformation online and have debunked some of the biggest myths about the COVID-19 vaccine circulating on social media. Read more here.
– Adrianna Rodriguez
Former senior official accuses Boris Johnson of mismanaging COVID-19 threat last year
Dominic Cummings, a former senior official to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, accused Johnson of despising the threat of COVID-19 last year.
Since quitting his job in November, Cummings has launched attacks on his former boss through blog posts, tweets and testimonies to lawmakers, accusing Johnson of failing to act quickly against the coronavirus and causing unrest. thousands of unnecessary deaths.
The latest accusations came from a BBC interview on Tuesday in which Cummings said Johnson resisted a second lockdown in the fall of 2020 because “the people who die are virtually all over 80.”
Cummings said Johnson’s attitude in fall 2020 “was a weird mix of, in part” Everything is nonsense and the locks don’t work anyway “and in part” Well that’s terrible, but the people who die are basically all over 80 and we cannot kill the economy just because of the people dying over 80.
Johnson’s office did not deny Cummings’ claims but said that “since the start of the pandemic, the Prime Minister has taken the necessary steps to protect lives and livelihoods, guided by the best scientific advice” .
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 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.
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.
– CA Bridges, Palm Beach Post
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 said cases and deaths were on the rise 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.