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Q. If I am young and healthy, why should I get the vaccine?
- A highly contagious strain hits young adults hard. The B.1.1.7 variant is now the most common strain in the United States. And unlike the original strain, this one strongly affects young people.
- Young adults can have long-term complications with Covid-19. Many young and healthy people have turned into “long-haul” coronaviruses.
- Young adults can be easy transmitters of coronavirus. Several states have recently reported spikes in young people with Covid-19.
- Young adults can fall victim to their strong immune systems. Doctors noticed that some young, previously healthy patients suffered from Covid-19 cytokine storms. It’s basically when a person’s immune system overreacts, potentially causing severe inflammation or other serious symptoms.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT TODAY
Weekly average of Covid-19 deaths in US hits lowest point in six months
Yet experts warn that to beat the pandemic, more Americans need to get vaccinated, especially young people, some of whom are still hesitant or think they don’t have as much to fear from the virus.
Double crisis of coup and Covid could push half of Myanmar’s population into poverty, UN warns
Rising food costs, significant losses in income and wages, the collapse of basic services such as banks and health care, and an inadequate social safety net are likely to push millions of already vulnerable people under. the poverty line – with women and children among them. hardest hit.
U.S. regulators won’t release AstraZeneca vaccine until they are sure it’s safe and effective
It comes after the White House announced Monday that it would ship doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to other countries after a safety review by the FDA, reports Maggie Fox. AstraZeneca has yet to seek regulatory approval in the United States, but the company is manufacturing tens of millions of doses there in the hopes that it will apply and eventually receive the green light.
ON OUR RADAR
- Thelma Sutcliffe has just become the oldest person in the United States. At 115, all she wants is to be able to eat with her friend again, but cannot do so due to Covid-19 restrictions at her assisted living center.
- Joe Rogan, Spotify’s main podcast host, doubled down on the controversy surrounding his remarks that healthy young people should not get the Covid vaccine.
- When the coronavirus rocked the world last spring, organ donation and transplant programs faced a lot of uncertainties. This complicated the fate of three siblings, whose race to find organ donors came at an inopportune time.
- Opinion: The lessons of Covid 19, especially the extraordinary pace of vaccine development, are key to crushing the world’s most brutal infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis.
“Just as the pandemic in this country has entered a different phase, we are also in transition …” – Dr Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent
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