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Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 7-30-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 30th, 2021.The EU has passed the U.S. in Covid-19 vaccinations. Inoculations in the 27 member countries are at a sustained pace while America’s effort has stalled. The EU has boosted its figure by 9 percentage points just in the past month.As expected, the US administration announced a number of new steps to increase vaccinations. These include requiring all federal employees and onsite contractors to be vaccinated or face strict protocols, expanding paid leave to get vaccinated, and urging states to give $100 to people who get vaccinated. They also want school districts nationwide to host at least one pop-up vaccination clinic to get more kids 12 and older vaccinated.Israel will be the first to start offering a third shot of the Pfizer vaccine to people over 60. The President will be the first to get the booster today. The health ministry has twice reported a drop in the vaccine's efficacy against infection and a slight decrease in its protection against severe disease. Pfizer says it could apply for U.S. emergency authorization for booster shots as early as August. One of the last holdout countries will start accepting the vaccines into its country. Burundi’s government will allow them but will not take responsibility for any side effects they might cause. This was announced the same day neighboring Tanzania launched its vaccination campaign, retreating from its former President’s denial of the pandemic. This leaves Eritrea, one of the world’s most closed-off nations, as the only African country that has not accepted the vaccines. The smiles at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California will once again be hidden behind masks. The parks have gone back to requiring all guests to wear face masks indoors as of today and vaccination status doesn’t matter. Indoors also means transportation like buses and monorails.In the United States cases were up 146%, deaths are up 11%, and hospitalizations are up 73% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now 5,329,011 active cases in the United States.Keeping in mind that several states stopped reporting their daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: Florida 17,589. Texas 11,893. California 9,304. Georgia 4,612. And Louisiana 4,414. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Tangipahoa, LA. Stone, MS. Ascension, LA. Uvalde, TX. Livingston, LA. West Baton Rouge, LA. Lafourche, LA. East Feliciana, LA. And St. Mary, LA.There have been at least 612,105 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont unchanged at 67.4%, Massachusetts at 63.7%, and Maine unchanged at 63.3%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 34.2%, Mississippi at 34.4%, and Arkansas at 36.1%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 49.3%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Vietnam up 11%. Taiwan 10%. Kosovo and Saudi Arabia 6%. And Zambia 5%. Globally, cases were up 20% and deaths were up 7% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are 14,608,402 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 92,405. India 44,673. Indonesia 43,479. Brazil 41,853. And Iran 34,433.  There have now been at least 4,196,442 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 7-29-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 29th, 2021. After the CDC changed its guidance for even the vaccinated to go back to wearing masks indoors in certain areas, mask rules across the nation reacted in a range of ways. That includes cities, states, schools, and businesses. Nevada and Kansas City swiftly re-imposed indoor masking. But governors in Arizona, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina are resisting. Ford is reinstating masking at facilities in Missouri and Florida, while Apple and Google postponed a return to the office. Google will eventually mandate vaccination for all staff. The main result of the ever-changing advice, Americans plunged right back into emotionally charged debates. The CDC said not only do you have to go back to wearing a mask if you’ve been vaccinated, you also should get tested if you’ve been exposed to the virus even if you’re vaccinated and not showing any symptoms. It’s yet another change in guidance that has many people asking, what good is being vaccinated? The answer, of course, is lower chance of infection and lower seriousness of illness if infected. But the CDC is saying new data suggests "vaccinated people infected by Delta may still carry large amounts of the virus and transmit it to others."  According to Los Angeles County’s Public Health Director, 26% of new cases there are from fully vaccinated people. That’s up from 20% in June. But health officials continue to say that’s totally expected and nothing to get alarmed about. And we say again, the vaccine reduces the severity of cases in those who do get a breakthrough infection.  The Lollapalooza music festival begins today in Chicago’s Grant Park. But those wanting to attend will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test within the last three days. The festival is expected to be back at full capacity, with roughly 100,000 daily attendees over four days.  In the United States cases were up 145%, deaths are up 6%, and hospitalizations are up 70% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now 5,255,434 active cases in the United States. Keeping in mind that several states have stopped reporting their daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: Florida 16,038. Texas 9,524. California 7,478. Louisiana 4,699. And Georgia 3,828.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Tangipahoa, LA. Ascension, LA. Livingston, LA. Lafourche, LA. East Feliciana, LA. Uvalde, TX. St. Mary, LA. Stone, MS. And West Baton Rouge, LA.  There have been at least 611,779 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 67.4%, Massachusetts unchanged at 63.6%, and Maine at 63.3%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama unchanged at 34.1%, Mississippi unchanged again at 34.2%, and Arkansas unchanged again at 36%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is at 49.2%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Zambia up 17%. Taiwan 10%. Vietnam 7%. Saudi Arabia 6%. And Sri Lanka, Lebanon, and the Philippines 4%.  Globally, cases were up 21% and deaths were up 5% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21.  There are 14,365,832 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 84,534. Brazil 48,443. Indonesia 47,791. India 43,211. And Iran 33,817.  There have now been at least 4,185,754 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 7-28-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 28th, 2021. The CDC has again altered its mask guidance, recommending even fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas with "substantial" and "high" transmission. That pretty much includes two-thirds of all US counties. A source says new unpublished data showing vaccinated people with the Delta variant can have as much virus as the unvaccinated was the main driver for the CDC's change. The White House is strongly considering requiring all federal employees prove they’ve been vaccinated or submit to regular testing and wear a mask, essentially an expansion of the VA mandate announced this week. A final decision may come next week. In 2020, there were more than 4.2 million federal workers nationwide, including those in the military. Israel has authorized the use of Pfizer’s vaccine for vulnerable children between five and 11. Officials said kids should be given the shot if they have a high likelihood of serious illness or death from Covid-19 because of underlying conditions. Each case would require special approval and lower dosages of the vaccine will be given. Tokyo had the highest number of infections yesterday since the pandemic began. Hospitals have been asked to prepare more beds. That’s trouble for the Prime Minister, whose ratings have hit their lowest level since he took office. And it’s trouble for the Olympics as 31% of Japanese citizens still say the Games should be postponed again or cancelled. Cambodian authorities stopped five large containers of frozen water buffalo meat imported from India after determining three containers were tainted with the coronavirus. The contents of the three containers will be destroyed later this week. Cambodia only recently began allowing imports from India again. China’s also recently found the virus in food imports, imposing bans on pork from Britain and Denmark, beef from Argentina, fish from India, and chicken from Russia. In the United States cases were up 144%, deaths are up 7%, and hospitalizations are up 72% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now 5,155,138 active cases in the United States. Keeping in mind that several states have stopped reporting their daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: California 8,546. Texas 7,961. Louisiana 6,818. Georgia 3,610. And Missouri 2,414.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Tangipahoa, LA. Grimes, TX. Phillips, AR. Taney, MO. Uvalde, TX. Douglas, MO. St. Mary, LA. Ascension, LA. And Nassau, FL.  There have been at least 611,274 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont unchanged at 67.3%, Massachusetts at 63.6%, and Maine unchanged at 63.2%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 34.1%, Mississippi unchanged at 34.2%, and Arkansas unchanged at 36%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is again unchanged at 49.1%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: The Philippines up 4%. And Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Oceana, and Australia 3%.  Globally, cases were up 21% and deaths were up 24% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21.  There are once again over 14 million active cases around the world, at 14,130,677 The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 61,581. Indonesia 45,203. India 42,928. Brazil 41,411. And Iran 34,951.  There have now been at least 4,175,925 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 7-27-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 27th, 2021. California and New York City announced they will require all government employees to get the vaccine or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. It’s not clear what happens if employees refuse. The announcements are seen as a possible “opening of the floodgates” as more government entities and companies impose vaccine mandates.  The Department of Veterans Affairs became the first major federal agency to require health care workers to get vaccines. The Department of Justice said there is no federal law standing in the way of employers requiring vaccinations. They have eight weeks to be fully vaccinated. Moderna is in talks with the FDA to expand the size of an ongoing trial testing its vaccines in children between five and 11. A larger database increases the likelihood of detecting rarer events. U.S. regulators actually asked Moderna and Pfizer to expand the trial due to the failure to detect rare side effects like myocarditis and pericarditis. What is going on in the U.K.? The assumption was that after “Freedom Day” and the lifting of restrictions, even in the face of rising Delta variant numbers, cases would skyrocket. But Britain reported its lowest daily total of new cases since July 4 yesterday. New cases fell for a sixth consecutive day and the total number of new cases over the past week is more than a fifth lower than the prior week. However, just over 70% of the adult population in Britain is fully vaccinated compared the U.S.’ less than 50%.  Jonathan Lotz, the grandson of evangelist Billy Graham, is in the hospital in critical condition with COVID-19. He is a cancer survivor which could affect the severity of his case. The family has not answered media requests for information on whether or not he was vaccinated, but his famous uncle Franklin Graham has repeatedly publicly urged everyone to get vaccinated.   In the United States cases were up 144%, deaths are up 7%, and hospitalizations are up 68% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now 5,111,762 active cases in the United States. Keeping in mind that several states have stopped reporting their daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: California 5,872. Texas 3,079. Louisiana 2,532. Georgia 1,614. And New York 1,568.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Tangipahoa, LA. Grimes, TX. Phillips, AR. Taney, MO. Uvalde, TX. Douglas, MO. St. Mary, LA. Ascension, LA. And Nassau, FL.  There have been at least 610,951 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 67.3%, Massachusetts at 63.5%, and Maine at 63.2%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 34%, Mississippi at 34.2%, and Arkansas at 36%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 49.1%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Bhutan up 8%. Saudi Arabia 6%. Vietnam 5%. Jordan 4%. And Turkey, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia 3%.  Globally, cases were up 17% and deaths were up 19% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21.  There are 13,980,120 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 35,816. Iran 31,814. India 30,125. Indonesia 28,228. And the U.K. 24,950.  There have now been at least 4,166,967 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 7-26-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 26th, 2021. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff warned that restrictions for unvaccinated people may be necessary if infection numbers reach new heights in the coming months. That has politicians there very divided. The unvaccinated may be banned from restaurants, movie theaters and sports stadiums. Apparently believing lack of access to them is the problem, the White House is considering sending masks to every American household, according to three people familiar with the talks. It’s not certain what kind, or how many will be sent per residence. Dr. Anthony Fauci said the administration is even weighing whether people should double-mask.  France's parliament approved a law requiring special virus passes for all restaurants and domestic travel and mandating vaccinations for all health workers. Health workers who refuse risk suspension. To get the pass, people must prove they’re fully vaccinated, recently tested negative, or recently recovered from the virus.  Vietnam has locked down Hanoi for at least 15 days. This bans the gathering of more than two people in public, and only government offices, hospitals and essential businesses are allowed to stay open. The city had already suspended all outdoor activities and ordered non-essential businesses to close.  Usually during the Olympics we’re counting medals. This year we’re counting coronavirus cases. Olympics organizers say 127 people connected to the games have tested positive in the past few weeks. 71 of them are residents of Japan and 56 are non-residents like athletes and the media. 14 athletes have tested positive so far. About 100 of the total 613 U.S. athletes have not yet been vaccinated. In the United States cases were up 170%, deaths are up 20%, and hospitalizations are up 58% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now 5,060,794 active cases in the United States. Keeping in mind that several states have now decided to stop reporting their daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: California 3,010. New York 1,902. Missouri 1,620. Arizona 1,508. And Texas 1,428.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Baxter, AR. Phillips, AR. Douglas, MO. Perry, AR. Nassau, FL. Taney, MO. Marion, AR. Karnes, TX. And Wright, MO. There have been at least 610,891 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont unchanged at 67.1%, Massachusetts unchanged at 63.3%, and Maine at 63%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama unchanged at 33.9%, Mississippi at 34%, and Arkansas at 35.6%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is unchanged at 48.8%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Vietnam up 6%. Saudi Arabia 5%. Nepal 4%. And Kazakhstan, Australia, and Malaysia 3%.  Globally, cases were up 19% and deaths were up 21% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21.  There are 13,882,962 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: Indonesia 38,679. India 38,153. The U.K. 29,173. Iran 27,146. And Russia 24,072.  There have now been at least 4,158,469 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 7-23-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 23rd, 2021.Instead of stories today we’ll be answering some questions many people might be having about breakthrough cases. Cases of COVID in those who have been fully vaccinated. Do the vaccines work against Delta? So far, research shows they’re holding up well against it. A June study from the U.K. found the Pfizer vaccine is 96% effective against hospitalization from the delta variant after two doses. If the vaccine isn’t guaranteed to keep you from getting infected, why get it? Your chances of getting infected are dramatically reduced, and if you do get infected (which is possible), the vaccine should help you keep from getting as sick. How many people who are hospitalized are unvaccinated as opposed to vaccinated? 97% according to the CDC. What would make you more likely to have a breakthrough case that leads to serious illness? If you have health conditions that affect the immune system. Exactly how many breakthrough cases have there been? There's no exact number. They can’t count asymptomatic breakthrough cases because those people don’t get regular testing. If they have no symptoms, they don’t know to get tested. The CDC measures the effectiveness of COVID vaccines the way they do flu shots. Most people who get the flu are never tested or reported. Long-term surveillance, along with calculations to extrapolate the findings, gives a picture of how much virus is out in the community. Why are breakthrough cases going up? Because more people got vaccinated. Math says that even with a 95% efficacy rate, one in 20 vaccinees who are exposed will get the disease. With Delta spreading 2-3 times faster than the original strain — there’ll be more cases among everyone, vaccinated and unvaccinated. Is Delta causing more breakthrough cases? There's no data yet to show that it is. It’s also not known if you can spread the coronavirus if you get a breakthrough infection. In theory, the vaccinated have less virus so they’re less likely to transmit. But it’s not impossible.In the United States cases were up 180%, deaths are up 30%, and hospitalizations are up 53% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now 5,109,249 active cases in the United States.The five states with the most new cases: Florida 12,647. California 6,937. Texas 6,340. Missouri 3,346. And Louisiana 2,834. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Cole, MO. Karnes, TX. Miller, MO. Marion, AR. Douglas, MO. Baxter, AR. Taney, MO. Oregon, MO. And Wright, MO. There have been 610,132 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 67.1%, Massachusetts at 63.3%, and Maine unchanged at 62.9%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama and Mississippi at 33.9%, and Arkansas at 35.5%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 48.8%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Taiwan up 14%. Saudi Arabia 7%. Argentina and Ukraine 4%. And Malaysia and Australia 3%. Globally, cases were up 20% and deaths were up 18% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are 13,507,906 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 61,651. Brazil 49,603. Indonesia 49,509. The U.K. 39,906. And India 34,865.  There have now been 4,134,432 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 7-22-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 22nd, 2021. Cases nearly tripled in the U.S. over the past two weeks. Hospitals are again canceling elective surgeries and procedures. Just 56.2% of Americans have gotten even one dose of the vaccine.  New Orleans has become one of many cities that have gone back to “strongly recommending” mask-wearing indoors. They’re hoping to avoid total shutdowns that devastate tourism economies. Hospitalizations in New Orleans for COVID are up more than 600 since June 19. Tunisia isn’t playing games. That country’s president has ordered the military to take over management of the national pandemic response. They’re fighting one of Africa’s worst outbreaks. The last health minister was fired over his surprise decision to open vaccination centers to all adults for the first time this week during the Muslim holiday, causing confusion and chaos. Reports of breakthrough cases, cases of COVID in people who have been fully vaccinated, are increasing. It’s a small number compared to overall cases, but it’s enough that it’s creating communication problems for the White House. This was not helped when it was leaked, then later confirmed, that a vaccinated White House aide recently tested positive. The White House press secretary also acknowledge this isn’t the first breakthrough case at the White House, though she would not say how many there’ve been. The case comes days after the administration settled on a new message about COVID that it’s now a pandemic of the unvaccinated.  It was quite a weekend’s work. An Australian socialite, Anthony Hess, unknowingly spread the Delta variant to at least 60 people in Los Angeles in just one weekend. He was fully vaccinated. He said, “I have no idea how many people I infected, it could be hundreds.” Hess said it appears the Delta variant is overpowering vaccines since most of the people he infected were also fully vaccinated.  In the United States cases were up 171%, deaths are up 42%, and hospitalizations are up 49% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now 5,062,265 active cases in the United States. The five states with the most new cases: Florida 8,988. California 6,521. Louisiana 5,388. Texas 4,769. And Missouri 2,995.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Karnes, TX. Cole, MO. Taney, MO. Marion, AR. Ottawa, OK. Miller, MO. St. Mary, LA. Webster, MO. Greene, MO. And Tangipahoa, LA.  There have now been at least 609,859 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont unchanged at 67%, Massachusetts unchanged at 63.2%, and Maine at 62.9%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama unchanged at 33.7%, Mississippi at 33.9%, and Arkansas unchanged at 35.4%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 48.7%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Taiwan up 10%. South Africa 6%. Saudi Arabia 5%. Russia 4%. And Kazakhstan 3%.  Globally, cases were up 24% and deaths were up 24% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21.  There are 13,339,599 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 56,525. Brazil 54,748. The U.K. 44,104. India 41,697. And Indonesia 33,772.  There have now been at least 4,126,289 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 7-21-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 21st, 2021. The CDC Director said the Delta variant is now estimated to make up 83% of all sequenced Covid-19 cases in the U.S. That’s a dramatic rise from 50% the week of July 3. Dr. Rochelle Walensky told a Senate hearing nearly two-thirds of the counties in the U.S. have vaccinated less than 40% of residents. Fatalities have risen nearly 48% over the past week. In the UK, seven areas have been identified as hotspots, meaning more than one in 100 people have the virus. More areas are fully expected to be added to the list in the coming days. COVID deaths in the UK spiked 61% from the previous week.  As bad as COVID deaths have been in India throughout the pandemic, a new study shows just how undercounted deaths probably were there. The report from researchers at the Center for Global Development said it could be 10 times the official count, with deaths in the several millions not hundreds of thousands. Struggling as it is with the Delta variant, the Houston Methodist hospital system in Texas reported its first case of the Lambda variant. That’s the variant first detected in Peru that makes up 81% of cases there since April 2021. The system’s medical director of Diagnostic Microbiology says Lambda is not yet a bigger concern than Delta since we know Delta’s much more contagious, and with higher viral loads. What a mess. The chief of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee has not ruled out cancelling the Olympics at the last-minute. More athletes are testing positive and big sponsors have pulled out of Friday's opening ceremony. Overall, Tokyo is experiencing a new surge, with 1,387 cases recorded Tuesday. In the United States cases were up 195%, deaths are up 42%, and hospitalizations are up 46% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now once again over 5 million active cases in the United States, at 5,021,185. The five states with the most new cases: Florida 8,012. California 5,269. Texas 4,732. Missouri 1,992. And Arkansas 1,875.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Karnes, TX. Taney, MO. Arkansas, AR. Marion, AR. Cole, MO. Baxter, AR. Greene, MO. Dallas, MO. Christian, MO. And Izard, AR.  There have been 609,521 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 67%, Massachusetts at 63.2%, and Maine unchanged at 62.8%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama unchanged at 33.7%, Mississippi unchanged at 33.8%, and Arkansas unchanged at 35.4%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is unchanged at 48.6%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Taiwan up 7%. Saudi Arabia and Trinidad & Tobago 5%. And Isle of Man, Malaysia, and Lebanon 3%.  Globally, cases were up 26% and deaths were flat over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21.  There are 13,169,385 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The U.K. 46,558. The Unites States 44,232. India 42,123. Indonesia 38,325. And Brazil 27,896.  There have now been 4,105,026 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 7-20-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 20th, 2021. A federal judge has ruled Indiana University can require its roughly 90,000 students and 40,000 employees to get vaccinated. The judge rejected a request to block the requirement from eight students who are suing that the policy violated their constitutional rights by forcing them to receive unwanted medical treatment. With restrictions ending, cases up 41%, the UK Health Secretary testing positive for COVID, and the US issuing a “do not travel” advisory to the UK, the British government says it won’t be inoculating most children and teens until more safety data is available. An advisory panel said the benefits of universal vaccination do not outweigh the risks for most young people. This runs counter to the policy of several other European countries, which are vaccinating adolescents as young as 12. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued recommendations for the upcoming school year that says everyone 2 and older should wear masks and it doesn’t matter if they’re vaccinated or not. But the group does "strongly recommend" in-person learning.  Alabama typically leads our list of least vaccinated states, and its Department of Public Health reported 718 new cases Monday after 1,625 new cases over the weekend. The 7-day moving average is now 6.74 times higher over just two weeks’ time. Hospitalizations are also rising sharply, and COVID deaths have roughly doubled in two weeks,  Canadian officials say as long as the situation there stays favorable, travel restrictions at the U.S. border will be loosened August 9. That means fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents residing in the U.S. can get into Canada with no quarantine even for non-essential purposes.  In the United States cases were up 140%, deaths are up 33%, and hospitalizations are up 34% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now 4,987,415 active cases in the United States.  The five states with the most new cases: California 4,350. Texas 1,996. Louisiana 1,329. Arizona 1,034. And Missouri 1,020.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Karnes, TX. Taney, MO. Cole, MO. Marion, AR. Baxter, AR. Christian, MO. Dallas, MO. Wright, MO. And Miller, MO. There have been 609,233 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 66.9%, Massachusetts at 63.1%, and Maine unchanged at 62.8%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 33.7%, Mississippi unchanged at 33.8%, and Arkansas at 35.4%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 48.6%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Saudi Arabia up 10%. Trinidad and Tobago 5%. Jordan and Zambia 3%. And Macao 2%.  Globally, cases were up 34% and deaths up 7% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21.  There are once again over 13 million active cases around the world, at 13,031,275. The five countries with the most new cases: The U.K. 39,950. Indonesia 34,257. India 29,424. Iran 25,441. And Russia 24,633.  There have now been 4,095,437 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 7-19-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 19th, 2021. The U.S. surgeon general is attempting to sound the alarm about what’s ahead. Cases are increasing in every state, millions of Americans are still unvaccinated, and the highly contagious Delta variant is spreading rapidly. He said nearly all coronavirus deaths now are among the unvaccinated. It doesn’t appear scare tactics are going to work. A CBS News poll shows unvaccinated and partially vaccinated Americans are actually the least concerned about the Delta variant. Among the unvaccinated polled, 53% are worried about possible side effects, 50% cited no trust in the government, and 45% said they don't trust the science. The Sheriff of Los Angeles County said he’s not going to enforce the reinstated indoor mask mandate because it contradicts CDC guidelines. He said his department is already underfunded and he won’t expend the limited resources. But he did ask for voluntary compliance. It’s always bad when you hear about deaths from COVID-19, but Indonesia is reporting a sharp rise in the death of doctors from the virus. 114 doctors died from July 1-17, which makes up more than 20% of the 545 total doctors who died since the beginning of the pandemic. Indonesia has a 95% vaccination rate among health workers.  Here’s one more poll, this one from YouGov and The Economist, which tells us that fully 1/5 of Americans believe microchips may have been planted inside COVID-19 vaccines. 15% say it’s "probably true" while 5% say it’s "definitely true." Among 30-44-year-olds, the number of believers goes up to 27%.  In the United States cases were up 140%, deaths are up 33%, and hospitalizations are up 34% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now 4,962,571 active cases in the United States.  The five states with the most new cases: California 2,168. Missouri 1,394. Texas 1,303. New York 1,019. And Arizona 980.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Karnes, TX. Taney, MO. Cole, MO. Marion, AR. Baxter, AR. Christian, MO. Dallas, MO. Wright, MO. And Miller, MO. There have been 609,018 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 66.8%, Massachusetts at 63%, and Maine at 62.8%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 33.6%, Mississippi at 33.8%, and Arkansas at 35.3%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 48.5%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Saudi Arabia up 9%. Zambia 6%. Trinidad and Tobago 4%. And Australia and Malaysia 3%.  Globally, cases were up 31% and deaths up 5% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21.  There are 12,945,383 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The U.K. 48,161. Indonesia 44,721. India 38,325. Brazil 34,126. And Russia 25,018.  There have now been 4,088,092 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 7-16-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 16th, 2021.The masks are back. Los Angeles County will again require masks be worn indoors even by those who have been vaccinated. California fully reopened its economy June 15 and did away with capacity limits and social distancing. Africa recorded a 43% jump in COVID-19 deaths last week. Infections and hospitalizations have risen, and, in some places, there are shortages of oxygen and ICU beds. The continent's case fatality rate stands at 2.6% against the global average of 2.2%.The head of the World Health Organization admitted it was premature for them to rule out a lab in China as the origin of the coronavirus. China’s being asked to be more transparent in the search for the virus’ origins but has instead struck back aggressively, suggesting the search should continue, but in other countries.You hear in the American media it’s almost exclusively the unvaccinated who are dying of COVID. So why has Public Health England reported that most COVID deaths there are currently among the vaccinated? They not only say it, they say that’s to be expected. The risk of dying from COVID doubles every seven years older a patient is. This variation means vaccines don’t reduce the risk of death for older people so much that it falls below the risk for younger demographics. The problem with that explanation of course is infections are highest in younger age groups right now.Maybe your Nikes are about to get more valuable on the resale market. A South Korean shoemaker became the second major Nike supplier to suspend production in Vietnam. It shut down three of its factories near Ho Chi Minh City due to an outbreak. The factories employ almost 42,000 workers and will stay closed until July 20. Factories in Vietnam produced about half of all Nike brand footwear in fiscal 2020.In the United States cases were up 111%, deaths are up 5%, and hospitalizations are up 22% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now 4,921,028 active cases in the United States. The five states with the most new cases: Florida 7,011. Texas 3,611. California 3,439. Missouri 2,882. And Louisiana 1,500. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Baxter, AR. Taney, MO. Karnes, TX. Dallas, MO. Wright, MO. Douglas, MO. Perry, AR. Marion, AR. And Greene, MO. There have been 608,387 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 66.6%, Massachusetts at 62.8%, and Maine unchanged at 62.6%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama unchanged at 33.4%, Mississippi at 33.6%, and Arkansas at 35.1%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 48.2%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Taiwan up 11%. Saudi Arabia 10%. And Lebanon, Malaysia, and Zambia 4%. Globally, cases were up 26% and deaths up 2% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are 12,496,431 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: Indonesia 56,757. Brazil 52,789. The U.K. 48,553. India 39,072. And the United States 36,674.  There have now been 4,065,528 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 7-15-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 15th, 2021. It’s a bad combination in the U.S.; young and unvaccinated. They’re the ones showing up at hospitals across the country, some even landing in ICU and on ventilators. The CDC says slightly fewer than half of 18 to 24 and 25 to 39-year-olds are fully vaccinated. Former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb says the delta variant will keep causing problems maybe into October and will get worse before it gets better. COVID-19 is sparking protests in several countries. In addition to uprisings in Cuba, tear gas was used on protesters in Paris who railed against plans to require a vaccine certificate or negative PCR test to get into bars, restaurants, and cinemas. And in Greece, thousands gathered in the two largest cities protesting plans to make vaccines available to children as young as 15 without parental consent. The U.S. government reported overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year amidst the pandemic. It’s a 29% increase over 2020. Experts say lockdowns and restrictions isolated those with drug addictions and made treatment harder to get. Fentanyl was involved in more than 60% of overdose deaths last year. Speaking of lockdowns, Spain's Constitutional Court ruled yesterday that mandating strict home confinement last year was unconstitutional. The government used a state of emergency to temporarily limit civil liberties, but the ruling annulled some articles of the decree related to free movement of citizens. That opens the door to cancelling fines for those who violated restrictions. A homoeopathic doctor in California became the first to face federal charges over fake COVID-19 immunizations and falsified vaccine cards. Juli Mazi of Napa allegedly sold immunization pellets she said contained the COVID-19 virus and would create lifelong immunity. She also allegedly sent vaccination cards that falsely stated the Moderna vaccine was administered after the pellets were taken. In the United States cases were up 111%, deaths are up 5%, and hospitalizations are up 22% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now 4,899,930 active cases in the United States.  The five states with the most new cases: Florida 6,425. California 3,886. Texas 2,610. Missouri 2,240. And Louisiana 1,936.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Baxter, AR. Taney, MO. Karnes, TX. Dallas, MO. Wright, MO. Douglas, MO. Perry, AR. Marion, AR. And Greene, MO.  There have been 607,754 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 66.5%, Massachusetts at 62.7%, and Maine at 62.6%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 33.4%, Mississippi at 33.5%, and Arkansas at 35%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 48.1%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Lebanon, Taiwan, and Zambia up 9%. Saudi Arabia 7%. And Cape Verde 5%.  Globally, cases were up 19% and deaths down 6% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21.  There are 12,288,532 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: Brazil 57,664. Indonesia 54,517. The U.K. 42,302. India 41,854. And the United States 35,447.  There have now been 4,047,669 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 7-14-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 14th, 2021. COVID-19 is rising again in the U.S. after months of decline. In fact, the number of new cases per day doubled over the past three weeks. That’s attributed to the delta variant, lagging vaccination rates, and Fourth of July gatherings. Only Maine and South Dakota did not have case numbers go up over the past two weeks. Yesterday we told you the Dutch Prime Minister apologized for an error in judgement in easing restrictions. Today we report infections in the Netherlands jumped by more than 500% over the last week. Of infections that could be traced to their source, 37% happened in a hospitality venue like a bar or club with the biggest surge in 18-24-year-olds.  In one of the fastest reversals of the pandemic, California health officials issued a statewide policy Monday that’d have barred students from school campuses if they refused to wear masks. Just hours later, they backtracked. Now they will "recognize local schools’ experience in keeping students and educators safe." A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundations asked people who were initially reluctant to get a vaccine what changed their mind. About half said it was something they learned, 36% said they were persuaded by somebody, a fourth of them changed when they saw others getting vaccinated without ill effects. 11% were reassured by their doctor. 8% were pressured by family and friends. And 3% did it so they could visit loved ones. Another poll, this one of New Yorkers, shows 68% of them think the worst is over. Only 17% think the worst is yet to come. 84% are at least somewhat comfortable having friends over, 80% are okay going to a beach or lakefront, 78% are ready to go on vacation, and 77% feel safe eating indoors at a restaurant. In the United States cases were up 94%, deaths are down 12%, and hospitalizations are up 16% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now 4,879,927 active cases in the United States.  The five states with the most new cases: Florida 5,095. Texas 3,567. California 3,543. Missouri 2,276. And Arkansas 1,476.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Franklin, LA. Karnes, TX. Reeves, TX. Dimmit, TX. Baxter, AR. Perry, AR. Cherokee, KS. Greene, MO. Taney, MO. And Marion, AR.  There have been 607,754 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 66.4%, Massachusetts at 62.6%, and Maine at 62.4%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 33.3%, Mississippi at 33.4%, and Arkansas at 34.9%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 48%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Saudi Arabia up 7%. Zambia 5%. And Malaysia, Africa, and Nepal 4%.   Globally, cases were up 17% and deaths down 4% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21.  There are 12,108,039 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: Indonesia 47,899. Brazil 45,094. Spain 43,960. India 40,215. And the U.K. 36,660.  There have now been 4,047,669 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 7-13-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 13th, 2021. The World Health Organization’s director-general rebuked vaccine manufacturers focused on getting booster shots to high-income countries. He says they should instead be focusing on providing vaccine to nations that have had little access to first doses. The Dutch Prime Minister has apologized for what he called “an error of judgment” in relaxing the Netherlands' coronavirus lockdown. It’s a move believed to have led to a sharp surge in infections. Most remaining restrictions ended just over three weeks ago. France’s President ordered all French health care workers to get vaccine shots by Sept. 15 and urged all citizens to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Resurgent infections are threatening the country’s economic recovery. He also mandated special passes for anyone who wants to go to a restaurant, mall or hospital or get on a train or plane proving vaccination. U.S. health officials say Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine may pose a “small possible risk” of a rare but potentially dangerous neurological reaction. The CDC has gotten reports of 100 people out of 13 million people who got the shot developing Guillain-Barré syndrome, an immune system disorder that can cause muscle weakness and occasionally paralysis. Springfield, Missouri’s Mercy hospital has had to open its sixth COVID-19 ward as the delta virus overwhelms the state’s southwest region. St. Louis County and Kansas City health officials are warning there are still more sharp case increases to come. The hospital needed only five wards during the height of the pandemic last year. In the United States cases were up 94%, deaths are down 12%, and hospitalizations are up 16% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now 4,869,026 active cases in the United States. The five states with the most new cases: California 2,853. Texas 1,229. Mississippi 796. New York 723. And Washington 720. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Franklin, LA. Karnes, TX. Reeves, TX. Dimmit, TX. Baxter, AR. Perry, AR. Cherokee, KS. Greene, MO. Taney, MO. And Marion, AR. There have been 607,390 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 66.4%, Massachusetts at 62.6%, and Maine at 62.4%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 33.3%, Mississippi at 33.4%, and Arkansas at 34.9%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 48%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Saudi Arabia and Pakistan up 5%. Colombia 4%. And Sri Lanka and Malaysia 3%.   Globally, cases were up 12% and deaths down 9% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. The number of active cases around the world is back up over 12 million, at 12,007,844. The five countries with the most new cases: Indonesia 40,427. The U.K. 34,471. India 30,827. Russia 25,140. And Iran 20,829. There have now been 4,036,857 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 7-12-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 12th, 2021. Los Angeles County’s spike in Covid cases continued Saturday, with a second-consecutive 1,000-plus tally of daily infections. Friday doubled the number reported a week before and was the county’s highest daily figure since March. The number’s especially alarming because tallies are usually lower on weekends since there are fewer tests and lags in reporting. Thousands of Cubans took to the streets yesterday in protests. That’s a rare thing in Cuba. They were expressing frustration over pandemic restrictions, the pace of vaccinations and government neglect. The Cuban President, also head of the Communist Party, blamed the United States for the unrest. The CDC says fully vaccinated students do not need to wear masks in classrooms this fall. The guidance is aimed at helping keep kids in classrooms and participating in sports and extracurricular activities. The CDC encourages a return to the classroom even if not all prevention measures can be taken. For unvaccinated students, masks, hand-washing and weekly Covid-19 testing are recommended. As England nervously moved toward “Freedom Day,” the vaccines minister says even after that day July 19, masks will still be “expected” in crowded places like public transport. This represents a toughening up of rhetoric. It’s also advised people not rush back to offices if possible. The health secretary predicts daily infection levels could top 100,000, a record for the pandemic. Even more problem for the Olympics in Tokyo. Organizers were going to allow the sale of alcohol at venues. But the public said wait a minute, citizens are still under alcohol restrictions. Why is it safe for Olympic spectators to drink? Plus, there are concerns alcohol will make spectators yell more and ignore social distancing. So, sale of alcohol at Olympic venues has been banned. In the United States cases were up 60%, deaths are down 27%, and hospitalizations are up 11% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now 4,865,805 active cases in the United States. The five states with the most new cases: California 1,636. Missouri 1,089. New York 852. Arizona 803. And Texas 422. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Franklin, LA. Karnes, TX. Reeves, TX. Dimmit, TX. Taney, MO. Baxter, AR. Joplin, MO. Polk, MO. Perry, AR. And Dallas, MO. There have been 607,155 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 66.2%, Massachusetts at 62.3%, and Maine at 62.2%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 33.1%, Mississippi at 33.3%, and Arkansas at 34.7%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 47.7%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Sri Lanka up 5%. Malaysia, Zambia, and Kazakhstan 3%. And Russia, Argentina, and Aruba 2%.   Globally, cases were up 11% and deaths down 10% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are now 11,999,467 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: India 37,676. Indonesia 36,197. The U.K. 31,772. Russia 25,033. And Brazil 20,937. There have now been 4,029,593 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 7-09-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 9th, 2021. Scientists believe they’re starting to understand the delta variant more. They seem to mostly agree it is the most contagious version, spreading about 225% faster than the original. And a new study says delta grows faster inside our respiratory tracts and to much higher levels. On average, people infected with the delta variant had about 1,000x more copies of the virus in their respiratory tracts than those infected with the original strain. Also, when someone catches the delta variant, they become infectious sooner, taking about four days to reach detectable levels compared to six days for the original. Pfizer is about to seek U.S. authorization for a third dose of its vaccine, saying another shot within 12 months could dramatically boost immunity and maybe help ward off the delta variant. This is the kind of thing that makes it very hard to track accurate coronavirus data. Connecticut health officials say they will no longer provide daily updates on the number of people who have died in that state from COVID-19-related causes. Those reports will now only come once a week. Los Angeles County’s public health director tells NPR vaccination rates are lower in the black community and as a result, that community is experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. This in a time period when cases and hospitalizations went down for Latino, white and Asian residents. Don’t bother heading to Japan for the Olympics. As anticipated, spectators will not be allowed in the host city of Tokyo. Japan has declared a state of emergency in the capital that will run throughout the Games, which run until Aug. 8. The Games had been postponed last year due to the pandemic. In the United States cases were up 39%, deaths are down 38%, and hospitalizations are up 1% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now 4,851,375 active cases in the United States.  The five states with the most new cases: Texas 2,136. California 1,821. Missouri 1,678. Arkansas 1,210. And Georgia 932.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Franklin, LA. Dimmit, TX. Reeves, TX. Joplin, MO. Karnes, TX. Baxter, AR. Polk, MO. Taney, MO. Cherokee, KS. And Marion, AR.  There have been 606,468 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont unchanged at 66.1%, Massachusetts unchanged at 62.2%, and Maine at 62.1%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama unchanged at 33%, Mississippi at 33.2%, and Arkansas unchanged at 34.6%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 47.6%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Taiwan up 6%. South Africa 5%. And Malaysia, Lebanon, and Thailand 3%.   Globally, cases were up 11% and deaths down 9% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21.  There are now 11,836,897 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: Brazil 53,749. Indonesia 38,391. India 34,443. The U.K. 32,551. And Russia 24,818.  There have now been 4,009,084 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 7-08-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 8th, 2021. The World Health Organization is getting nervous COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted way too soon considering the rate at which the delta variant is spreading. Its head of emergencies urged countries "not to lose the gains you've made". England, in particular, is coming under heated questioning and criticism for lifting restrictions July 19.  And here’s the reason that criticism is happening. A new study shows COVID-19 infections in England have quadrupled in one month since early June. The Prime Minister said he was reconciled to more deaths from COVID-19, but that life needed to return to normal.  In the U.S., the government is deploying a Covid-19 surge team to lend support in southwest Missouri, where the virus is filling up hospital beds again. The surge is so high in the city of Springfield, a hospital system started sending some patients to other facilities. The state came in second to Arkansas in the past week for the most new cases per capita. Some are wondering why we went from Operation Warp Speed to Operation Status Quo. Even with massive numbers of people getting vaccines and peer reviewed studies on safety published, the FDA has yet to give the vaccines full approval. It’s believed doing so might give a much-needed boost to vaccine acceptance and lead to more employers, schools, and the military requiring vaccination. The FDA has not indicated when approval might happen. For some beauty pageant contestants, perhaps their talent was avoiding viral infection. Nearly half the contestants at this year's Miss Mexico pageant tested positive for the coronavirus. Organizers went ahead with the show even though some had symptoms, but finally ended it Saturday when all the tests came back.  In the United States cases were up 35%, deaths are down 40%, and hospitalizations are flat over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5.  There are now 4,853,716 active cases in the United States.  The five states with the most new cases: California 2,252. Missouri 1,663. Texas 1,625. Arkansas 1,000. And Georgia 690.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Franklin, LA. Dimmit, TX. Reeves, TX. Joplin, MO. Karnes, TX. Taney, MO. Cherokee, KS. Moffat, CO. Polk, MO. And Newton, MO.  There have been 606,215 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 66.1%, Massachusetts at 62.2%, and Maine unchanged at 61.9%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi unchanged at 29.9%, Alabama at 33%, and Arkansas at 34.6%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 47.5%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Ukraine up 7%. Taiwan and Malaysia 5%. And Japan, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia 4%.  Globally, cases were up 8% and deaths down 11% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21.  There are now 11,735,689 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: Brazil 54,022. India 45,674. Indonesia 34,379. The U.K. 32,548. And Colombia 24,229. There have now been over four million deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide, at 4,000,641.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 7-07-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 7th, 2021. The CDC says the delta variant is now the dominant strain in the U.S., accounting for more than 51% of COVID-19 cases. In parts of the U.S., Midwestern states like Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa, delta accounts for more than 80% of new infections. New data from Israel shows the Pfizer vaccine appears less effective at preventing COVID-19 cases from the delta variant but it’s still highly effective at preventing hospitalizations. From June 6 to July 2, the vaccine showed 64% efficacy at preventing cases and 94% efficacy at preventing hospitalizations. Things do seem to be going backwards around the world. Sydney, Australia extended its hard lockdown, saying the delta strain is a game-changer. Mexico had the biggest jump in new daily infections since late February. Greece is planning to reimpose curbs on entertainment. South Korea reports a case level unseen since the worst of its outbreak in December. Fiji has record infections and a mortuary at the main hospital filled to capacity. And in parts of Indonesia, they’ve run out of oxygen, causing the deaths of dozens of critically ill COVID-19 patients. So what do we know for sure about the new Lambda variant? It was first identified in Peru and is now in 29 countries. Scientists don’t know if it’s more transmissible. There's not a lot of data yet on how effective the vaccines are. Early findings suggest it is more infectious and can better escape the antibodies elicited by the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine, but that seems to be the only vaccine tested. The CDC has yet to identify Lambda as a variant of interest.  The Pentagon is thinking about making vaccinations mandatory for troops once the FDA fully approves the shots. It wouldn’t be anything new. They’re already mandated to get 17 different vaccines, including shots against measles, mumps, diphtheria, hepatitis, smallpox and the flu. But some have already said they will leave the service if forced to take the COVID-19 vaccine.  In the United States cases were up 5%, deaths are down 38%, and hospitalizations are down 3% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 13.  There are now 4,855,844 active cases in the United States.  The five states with the most current active cases: California 1,685,225. Virginia 612,595. Maryland 441,889. Kentucky 405,042. And Washington 222,871.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Shelby, TX. Reeves, TX. Joplin, MO. Dallas, MO. Hopkins, TX. Karnes, TX. Titus, TX. Ottawa, OK. And Moffat, CO.  There have been 605,903 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. NPR did not update the top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated so they remain: Vermont at 66%, Massachusetts at 62.1%, and Maine at 61.9%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 29.9%, Alabama at 32.9%, and Arkansas at 34.5%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 47.4%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Zambia up 8%. Macao, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ukraine 6%. And Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Canada 4%.  Globally, cases were up 8% and deaths down 11% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 22.  There are now 11,651,433 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: Brazil 62,504. India 43,597. Indonesia 31,189. The U.K. 28,773. And Colombia 26,721. There have now been 3,991,577 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 7-06-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 6th, 2021.A very politically charged decision in Britain, which plans to get rid of laws requiring face masks and social distancing later this month despite surging delta variant numbers. The Prime Minister has even admitted doing so will likely drive the number of cases higher. While he stressed the pandemic is far from over, he said Britain would have to “learn to live with this virus.”Super spreader events are still a thing, especially where young people are involved. A club in The Netherlands had 165 of 600 attendees test positive after its grand reopening June 26. Attendees weren’t required to wear masks or distance - but did have to show a negative test to get in.A terrible scam has been revealed in India in which thousands of people given fake vaccines. Doctors and medical workers are among 14 people arrested for being involved. At 12 fake vaccination drives, recipients paid to get what they thought were vaccines, but which were in fact, saline water. The perpetrators made up to $28,000 this way.Speaking of scams, kids have apparently figured out how to fake a positive COVID-19 test so they can stay out of school. All it takes is a Coke. Actually, any soda will do, or even fruit juice. Putting a few drops directly onto LFT tests will make two lines appear that indicate the presence of the virus. This trick is largely being taught via TikTok.Another poll is suggesting that when it comes to trying to scare Americans about the delta variant, they aren’t buying it. The ABC News/Washington Post poll says 30% of adults haven’t gotten a vaccine and likely aren’t going to. Of this group, 73% think health officials are exaggerating the risk of the delta variant and 79% think they have little or no risk of getting sick.In the United States cases were up 5%, deaths are down 38%, and hospitalizations are down 17% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since June 22.  There are now 4,865,446 active cases in the United States. The five states with the most current active cases: California 1,683,562. Virginia 612,488. Maryland 441,854. Kentucky 404,672. And Washington 222,082. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Shelby, TX. Reeves, TX. Joplin, MO. Dallas, MO. Hopkins, TX. Karnes, TX. Titus, TX. Ottawa, OK. And Moffat, CO. There have been 605,567 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 66%, Massachusetts at 62.1%, and Maine at 61.9%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 29.9%, Alabama at 32.9%, and Arkansas at 34.5%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 47.4%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Zambia up 9%, Trinidad and Tobago 7%, Pakistan 5%, and Malaysia and Australia 3%. Globally, cases were up 6% and deaths down 14% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 22. There are now 11,630,898 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: India 34,067. Indonesia 29,745. The U.K. 27,334. Colombia 25,366. And Russia 24,353.  There have now been 3,983,508 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 7-05-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 5th, 2021.We know the U.S. did not reach its goal of partially vaccinating 70% of Americans by July 4. But 20 states did. But there are some states where the vaccination level is 35% or less.The World Health Organization said the variants are moving faster than the global vaccine rollout. It’s urging leaders to speed up vaccinations or risk being overwhelmed. Delta’s been detected in at least 98 countries and is spreading in countries with both low and high vaccination coverage.And now there’s another Covid-19 variant to track called Lambda. And it has scientists puzzled because of its unusual set of seven mutations. This variant was first discovered in Peru and has spread to nearly 30 countries in four weeks. Lambda accounts for 82% of all new cases in Peru, which has the highest Coronavirus death rate in the world.It’s not really news anymore when a world leader gets COVID-19. It becomes news when the case is severe enough to cause hospitalization. And that’s what has happened to Luxembourg’s Prime Minister. He’s been hospitalized since yesterday morning after contracting the virus a week ago. The 48-year-old was isolating at home, but his case grew more threatening. He had had one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.  Probably won’t get many more downloads from Singapore because as far as they’re concerned, COVID-19 is over. It could become one of the first countries to stop even recording daily case numbers. Instead, they’ll monitor things like ICU cases and how many had to go on a ventilator. Health officials there said, “We can't eradicate it, but we can turn the pandemic into something much less threatening, like influenza, and get on with our lives.”In the United States cases were up 15%, deaths are down 26%, and hospitalizations are down 8% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since June 22.  There are now 4,874,268 active cases in the United States. The five states with the most current active cases: California 1,682,943. Virginia 612,370. Maryland 441,818. Kentucky 404,672. And Washington 222,082. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Shelby, TX. Titus, TX. Hopkins, TX. Dimmit, TX. Houston, TX. Reeves, TX. Karnes, TX. Ottawa, OK. Moffat, CO. And Dallas, MO.There have been 605,526 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 65.8%, Massachusetts at 61.9%, and Maine at 61.8%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 29.8%, Alabama at 32.7%, and Arkansas at 34.4%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 47.1%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated: Zambia 22%, Sri Lanka, Australia, and India 5%, and Macao and Oceana 4%. Globally, cases were up 6% and deaths down 18% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 22. There are now 11,661,551 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: India 40,387. Brazil 27,783. Indonesia 27,233. Colombia 26,265. And Russia 25,142.  There have now been 3,976,143 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 7-02-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 2nd, 2021. The African Union’s envoy tasked with procuring vaccines is blasting Europe, saying “not one dose, not one vial, has left a European factory for Africa.” The continent is experiencing a crushing third surge. The envoy accuses COVAX of withholding the fact key donors aren’t delivering on the money they promised the program.  A leading vaccination country is struggling as well. Israel reported its highest daily infection rate in three months. Authorities there are racing to vaccinate children and are considering tighter travel restrictions at Israel’s main airport. Some 85% of the adult population has been vaccinated.  It’s the first day of a national lockdown in Bangladesh. Daily tallies of new coronavirus infections have nearly quintupled over the past month. Less than 3% of residents there are fully vaccinated, and because of that, a public health activist said, “There will be a fourth wave, and a fifth before we can vaccinate everyone — while rich countries are lifting lockdowns and giving booster doses.”  At least six scientists resigned positions as editors with Vaccines, including one who was on the team that developed the AstraZeneca vaccine. They’re protesting the publication of a peer-reviewed article that misuses data to conclude that “for three deaths prevented by vaccination, we have to accept two inflicted by vaccination.” They say that assumes all deaths after vaccination are caused by the vaccine, which is grossly irresponsible. No apparent hesitation about vaccinating children in England. A recent survey shows almost nine in 10 parents favor giving their kid a vaccine if it’s offered. The survey was even conducted before the Pfizer vaccine was approved for children aged 12 to 15.  In the United States cases were down 10%, deaths are down 23%, and hospitalizations are down 12% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 18.  There are now 4,888,671 active cases in the United States.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Titus, TX. Campbell, VA. Red River, TX. Reeves, TX. Nacogdoches, TX. Houston, TX. Shelby, TX. Hopkins, TX. And Dallas, MO.  There have been 605,012 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: California 66. Florida 36. Texas 33. New York 15. Michigan 14. Illinois 13. Nevada 11. Pennsylvania and Louisiana 10. And Colorado 9.  The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose: Vermont unchanged at 73.9%, Massachusetts at 70.4%, and Hawaii at 69.8%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 36.2%, Louisiana at 38.1%, and Wyoming unchanged at 39.2%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 46.7%. The top 5 countries for full vaccinations per capita are Gibraltar, Malta, Seychelles, Cayman Islands, and San Marino. The bottom five are Papua New Guinea, Lesotho, South Sudan, Syria, and Liberia. Globally, cases were down 1% and deaths down 27% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since June 29.  There are now 11,520,146 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: Brazil 63,140. India 43,360. Colombia 28,315. The U.K. 27,989. And Indonesia 24,836.  There have now been 3,953,911 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 7-01-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for July 1st, 2021.A new Oxford University study shows AstraZeneca and Pfizer’s vaccine remain broadly effective against Delta and Kappa variants. They looked at the ability of antibodies in the blood from vaccinated people to neutralize those variants. The study did show the concentration of neutralizing antibodies was somewhat reduced, which explains some breakthrough infections.We’ve said it many times; we report the numbers we get. That doesn’t mean those numbers are right. The Health Ministry in Mexico says COVID-19-related deaths there likely exceed the confirmed toll by a whopping 60%.Russia reported 669 coronavirus-related deaths yesterday. And that is the most confirmed in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic. A Delta variant surge is underway there. Russia’s coronavirus taskforce also confirmed 21,042 new cases in a 24-hour period with 5,823 of those in Moscow alone. A Gallup poll shows only 8% of Americans now mention COVID-19 as the most important problem in the U.S. In fact, it’s not even in the top two. Even at that number’s peak in April of 2020, it was still the top concern of less than half of Americans at 45%. Race relations is the #2 concern while the government is cited as the nation’s biggest problem.  A study out of Ontario says your pet cat is more likely to get COVID-19 than your pet dog. They don’t really know why. It could be something as simple as the fact most dogs have long noses. Regardless, nearly 70% of cats and more than 40% of pet dogs tested positive for antibodies. Most cases were mild and without symptoms.In the United States cases were down 10%, deaths are down 23%, and hospitalizations are down 12% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 18.  There are now 4,897,066 active cases in the United States. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Titus, TX. Campbell, VA. Red River, TX. Reeves, TX. Nacogdoches, TX. Houston, TX. Shelby, TX. Hopkins, TX. And Dallas, MO. There have been 604,714 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: California 42. Texas 22. Washington, New Jersey, and North Carolina 13. West Virginia 12. Georgia 11. Pennsylvania 8. And Illinois, Minnesota, and Alabama 7. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose: Vermont at 73.9%, Massachusetts at 70.3%, and Hawaii at 69.8%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 36.1%, Louisiana unchanged at 38%, and Wyoming at 39.2%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 46.4%.The top 5 countries for full vaccinations per capita are Gibraltar, Malta, Seychelles, Cayman Islands, and San Marino. The bottom five are Lesotho, South Sudan, Syria, Zambia, and Liberia.Globally, cases were down 8% and deaths down 34% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since June 26. There are now 11,452,980 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: India 48,878. Brazil 45,859. Colombia 27,908. The U.K. 26,068. And Argentina 22,673.  There have now been 3,945,551 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-30-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 30th, 2021.A new poll shows Americans are worried about the Delta variant…just not worried enough to do anything about it. The Ipsos poll shows more than 70% are at least somewhat concerned about it, but only 55% are wearing a mask all or sometimes when they leave the house and only 34% social distanced in the past week. And even if there was a new spike in cases, respondents were mostly unlikely to say they’d start taking precautions again. The National Institute of Health said two blood serum studies show India's Covaxin vaccine effectively neutralizes both Alpha and Delta variants of coronavirus. Covaxin has been administered to roughly 25 million people so far in India and elsewhere. It works using a disabled form of the virus that can’t replicate but still stimulates the immune system to make antibodies against it. New testing also shows Moderna's vaccine to be only slightly less effective against the Delta variant than others. The vaccine provoked an antibody response against all the variants tested, but it was far more effective against the Delta variant than the Beta variant first identified in South Africa.Bad timing. Daily cases have been going up for nine days in Tokyo, triggering fears of a possible fifth wave. And that’s happening less than a month before the city is due to host the Olympics. The minister overseeing Japan’s pandemic response said they won’t hesitate to call a new state of emergency if necessary.Being in charge of the pandemic response in any country is a nightmare. Try doing it in North Korea. Kim Jong Un publicly berated senior ruling party officials for their failures in the fight against the coronavirus, saying it created a “huge crisis.” He criticized them for incompetence, irresponsibility and passiveness. And yet, North Korea still claims not to have found a single coronavirus infection.In the United States cases were down 15%, deaths are down 23%, and hospitalizations are down 13% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 18.  There are now 4,900,140 active cases in the United States. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Reeves, TX. Campbell, VA. Panola, TX. Titus, TX. Houston, TX. Hopewell, VA. Red River, TX. Harrison, TX. And Dallas, MO.There have been 604,436 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Michigan 32. Texas and Colorado 20. Georgia 19. Arizona 17. California 16. Pennsylvania 12. Mississippi 11. And New York and Virginia 10.  The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose: Vermont at 73.8%, Massachusetts at 70.2%, and Hawaii at 69.7%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi unchanged at 35.9%, Louisiana at 38%, and Wyoming unchanged at 39%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 46.3%.The top 5 countries for full vaccinations per capita are Gibraltar, Malta, Seychelles, Cayman Islands, and San Marino. The bottom five are Lesotho, South Sudan, Syria, Zambia, and Liberia.Globally, cases were down 4% and deaths down 30% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since June 26. There are now 11,449,854 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: Brazil 64,903. India 45,699. Colombia 25,880. Argentina 24,065. And Russia 20,616.   There have now been 3,936,463 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-29-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 29th, 2021.The World Health Organization says get your masks back on. Even if you’re fully vaccinated, mask up and go back to social distancing. But CDC guidance is that “fully vaccinated people can resume activities without a mask or physically distancing.” Plus, experts say vaccines authorized in the U.S. remain largely effective against the Delta variant. So again, we have public health bureaucracies thoroughly confusing the public.  The world continues to believe travel causes COVID-19 outbreaks. Hong Kong is banning all passenger flights from the U.K., which they’ve classified as high risk because of Delta variant spread. And Portugal has also put the U.K. on its red list for travel, even though Portugal itself has been reporting the highest number of daily new cases since February.  In Germany, the share of COVID-19 cases caused by the Delta variant more than doubled within a week, accounting for 36% of infections. They expect it to become the dominant strain by summer. In Germany, about 35% of the population is fully vaccinated. Experts in Australia describe their situation as the most dangerous stage of the pandemic since the earliest days. Sydney and Darwin are locked down. Perth made masks compulsory for three days and warned a lockdown could be coming. And Brisbane and Canberra have or will soon make masks compulsory. Here’s a positive story. 45-year-old Mary McCarthy of New Zealand works in a hospital kitchen, so she was tested in October 2020. It was painful, and the discomfort lasted weeks. A few doctors told her she had a chronic sinus condition, which she believed because she’d always had pain in her nose and shortness of breath. But the pain was so bad one day she decided to go to one more emergency room where doctors found…a toy that had been stuck up her nose for 37 years. A tiddlywink to be exact. In the United States cases were down 15%, deaths are down 16%, and hospitalizations are down 14% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 18.  There are now 4,929,192 active cases in the United States. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Reeves, TX. Campbell, VA. Franklin, TX. Dallas, MO. Upshur, TX. Panola, TX. Hopewell, VA. Taney, MO. And Joplin, MO. There have been 604,114 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Colorado 18. New York 16. Illinois 9. North Carolina and Washington 8. California 7. Mississippi 6. And Michigan, Virginia, Louisiana, and Minnesota 5. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose: Vermont at 73.6%, Massachusetts at 70.1%, and Hawaii at 69.5%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 35.9%, Louisiana at 37.9%, and Wyoming at 39%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 46.1%.The top 5 countries for vaccinations per capita are Gibraltar, Malta, Seychelles, Cayman Islands, and San Marino. The bottom five are Lesotho, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Syria, and Liberia.Globally, cases were down 3% and deaths down 28% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since June 26. There are now 11,499,287 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: India 37,037. Colombia 28,478. Brazil 27,804. The U.K. 22,868. And Russia 21,650.   There have now been 3,928,409 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-28-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 28th, 2021.The delta variant continues to turn back the clock. Moscow had a record 144 deaths in 24 hours yesterday. Germany declared Portugal a “virus-variant zone”, banning most arrivals from that country and is trying to ban British travelers from all EU countries regardless of vaccination status. Greece warned strict local lockdowns may be needed over the summer in some areas. Indonesia recorded a new high in daily cases, with similar spikes in Thailand and Malaysia. Sydney, Australia began a two-week lockdown. New Zealand suspended its quarantine-free travel corridor with Australia. Israel has reimposed mask requirements in enclosed public places. And in Africa, where vaccinations have been minimal, cases have jumped 25% over the last week.How can the U.S. get its vaccination numbers up now that they’ve stalled out? The White House thinks it’s something called the “movable middle.” That’s people who are unvaccinated, but still might be able to be convinced. And they’re using political campaign tactics to identify, reach, and win over those people. What the White House won’t do is promise we’ll ever know for sure the real origin of the pandemic that’s killed at least 3.9 million people. They say their review may not produce a definitive explanation. Although knowing the origin is critical to avoiding or preparing for future such catastrophes, governments, the media, and science organizations could leave us with no answers at all.Far more states have banned proof-of-vaccination policies than have created programs for people to digitally show their vaccination status. Hawaii is the only state enforcing some version of a vaccine passport. And only California, New York, and Louisiana have offered residents a way to voluntarily show proof of vaccination.Nothing’s ever good enough. NASA reports the COVID-19 pandemic and its lockdowns got rid of a lot of pollution around the world…but not all of it. They cite tiny airborne particles called PM2.5 as something that didn’t change much. These are produced by both human activity and natural processes and are associated with several effects on health. In the United States cases were down 18%, deaths are down 15%, and hospitalizations are down 15% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 18.  There are now 4,947,918 active cases in the United States. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Reeves, TX. Campbell, VA. Clay, NC. Franklin, TX. Panola, TX. Upshur, TX. Joplin, MO. Dallas, MO. And Taney, MO. There have been 603,966 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: California 31. New York 14. Pennsylvania 11. Texas 9. Utah 8. Virginia 5. Minnesota 4. New Jersey and Maryland 3. And Iowa 2. The vaccinating states update will be coming tomorrow, those numbers are not updated over the weekend.The top 5 countries for vaccinations per capita are Gibraltar, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Seychelles, and the Cayman Islands. The bottom five are Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Benin, and South Sudan.Globally, cases were down 6% and deaths down 28% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since June 26. There are now 11,547,517 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: India 46,643. Brazil 33,704. Colombia 32,376. Indonesia 21,342. And Russia 20,538.   There have now been 3,922,005 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-25-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 25th, 2021. We’re starting to see things move backwards. The coronavirus czar in Israel announced the indoor mask mandate will be reimposed early next week to stem the rise in cases. Yesterday was the highest daily tally in months. The country has one of the highest inoculation rates in the world, but it’s still far from the 80% figure needed to mark herd immunity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe is “on thin ice” in its battle against COVID-19. EU leaders agreed vaccinations should be sped up to fight the delta variant. The European CDC projected the variant would account for 90% of all infections across the continent by the end of August.  As if the delta variant isn’t disturbing enough, a new mutation of that variant has emerged in India that’s being labeled “delta plus.” The variant has also been found in the U.K., the U.S., Canada, Japan, Nepal, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, and Turkey. The delta plus variant has three worrying characteristics that include increased transmissibility, stronger binding to receptors of lung cells, and the potential reduction in monoclonal antibody response. San Francisco has taken a firm stand on the vaccine. All city workers will be required to be vaccinated. This policy would affect 35,000 workers and may be the first of its kind by any city or county in the U.S. Employees who refuse could be fired. There’s nothing like a crisis to bring out the scammers and criminals. Former PTL Club evangelist Jim Bakker and his southwestern Missouri church will pay $156,000 restitution to settle a lawsuit accusing him of falsely claiming a health supplement called the Silver Solution could cure COVID-19. Bakker admits no wrongdoing. The Silver Solution has no known benefit in the body when ingested and can have serious side effects including turning skin blue.  In the United States cases were down 19%, deaths are down 12%, and hospitalizations are down 20% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 18.  There are now 4,974,397 active cases in the United States.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Hutchinson, TX. Upshur, TX. Clay, NC. Hockley, TX. Titus, TX. Reeves, TX. Houston, TX. Franklin, TX. Gray, TX. And Harrison, TX. There have been 603,149 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: California 66. Texas 35. Michigan 31. Illinois 22. Georgia 17. North Carolina 15. Pennsylvania 13. Virginia and Nevada 10. And Washington and Louisiana 8.  The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose: Vermont unchanged at 73.3%, Massachusetts at 69.7%, and Hawaii at 69.2%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi unchanged at 35.7%, Louisiana at 37.6%, and Wyoming at 38.8%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 45.4%. The top 5 countries for vaccinations per capita are Israel, the U.K., the United States, Canada, and Germany. The bottom five are Chad, Burkina Faso, Benin, and South Sudan.  Globally, cases were down 8% and deaths down 23% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since June 12.  There are now 11,431,693 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: Brazil 72,705. India 51,248. Colombia 32,997. Argentina 24,463. And Indonesia 20,574.   There have now been 3,898,531 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-24-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 24th, 2021.The New York Times reports a researcher in Seattle uncovered deleted files that show 13 partial genetic sequences for some of the earliest cases of COVID-19 in Wuhan. They don’t reveal the true origin of the virus but do firm up the idea it was circulating earlier than the outbreak at the Wuhan seafood market. About a year ago 241 genetic sequences from coronavirus patients went missing from an online database maintained by the National Institutes of Health. The researcher could find no scientific or procedural reason why the sequences were deleted.No need to worry about getting shot number three yet. The CDC said there’s no evidence yet to suggest a booster shot is needed. They did caution that could change as the pandemic evolves. If cases go up in fully vaccinated people or if waning antibody or T cell levels are identified, that could signal a booster need.A new study estimates life expectancy in the U.S. went down nearly two years between 2018 and 2020, mostly due to COVID-19. It’s a decrease not seen since World War II. The declines were most pronounced among minority groups. In 2018, average life expectancy was about 79 years. It’s now around 77.If someone tells you they wouldn’t take the vaccine for a million dollars, believe them. The Ohio vaccine lottery started off with promising results, but it ended yesterday with the state still unable to crack the 50% vaccination threshold.For some, and we’re not judging, it’s the surest sign yet the pandemic is over. The New York City Health Department released new guidelines encouraging everyone to get back out there and resume sexual activity — if you’re fully vaccinated. It also gave its okay to return to sex parties, sex with strangers, and encounters with multiple sex partners. In the United States cases were down 25%, deaths are down 20%, and hospitalizations are down 21% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 18.  There are now 4,984,406 active cases in the United States. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Hutchinson, TX. Hockley, TX. Clay, NC. Reeves, TX. Gray, TX. Stone, AR. Linn, MO. Moffat, CO. Upshur, TX. And Laclede, MO. There have been 602,833 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: California 59. Texas 35. Oklahoma 30. Georgia 21. New Jersey 18. Colorado 14. Washington 12. North Carolina 11. And Arizona and Louisiana 10. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose: Vermont at 73.3%, Massachusetts unchanged at 69.6%, and Hawaii unchanged at 69.1%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 35.7%, Louisiana unchanged at 37.5%, and Wyoming at 38.7%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 45.3%.The top 3 vaccinating countries by percentage of population that’s been fully vaccinated: Gibralter at 100%, Seychelles at 68.1%, and Malta at 65.7%. The bottom 3 vaccinating countries are The Democratic Republic of Congo at 0%, and Uganda and Liberia at .01%. Globally, cases were down 10% and deaths down 14% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since June 12. There are now 11,372,064 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: Brazil 114,139. India 54,319. Colombia 29,995. Argentina 27,319. And Russia 17,594.   There have now been 3,890,152 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-23-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 23rd, 2021.More than 150 employees at a Houston hospital system who refused the vaccine have been fired or have resigned. This after a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by an employee against the system about their vaccine requirement. The judge said any claims that the vaccines are experimental or dangerous are false.The Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services reports that deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes soared 32% last year. About 40% of Medicare recipients in nursing homes had or likely had COVID-19 in 2020. A Harvard health policy professor said, “We knew this was going to be bad, but I don't think even those of us who work in this area thought it was going to be this bad.” Canada will start relaxing its quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated U.S. residents July 5. Those regulations have been in place for 15 months. But it’s still only for authorized travel. Nonessential travel is still prohibited even though the northern US has a partial vaccination rate over 70% — similar to Canada’s, and Canada’s vaccination program is much slower than the United States’. Researchers in England are trying to find out if the flu shot and a Covid vaccine can be given at the same time. If so, that could save resources for healthcare providers and make things more convenient for consumers. Flu cases were basically non-existent last winter but it’s assumed with restrictions being lifted, a resurgence of flu viruses can be expected.We’ve heard about various groups who are most reluctant to get vaccinated but one group leads the way in vaccine acceptance. Doctors. A survey by the American Medical Association shows 96% of practicing physicians have been fully vaccinated. And of the 4% who aren’t yet, only 1.8% plan on never getting the vaccine.In the United States cases were down 21%, deaths are down 20%, and hospitalizations are down 22% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 18.  There are now under 5 million active cases in the United States, at 4,994,794. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Hutchinson, TX. Reeves, TX. Hockley, TX. Gray, TX. Lamb, TX. Linn, MO. Torrance, NM. Clay, NC. Moffat, CO. And Stone, AR. There have been 602,455 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Michigan 36. Colorado 32. California 20. New York 15. Washington and Idaho 14. Ohio 13. Florida 10. And North Carolina and Virginia 9. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose: Vermont at 73.2%, Massachusetts at 69.6%, and Hawaii at 69.1%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi unchanged at 35.4%, Louisiana unchanged at 37.5%, and Wyoming unchanged at 38.6%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 45.2%.The top 3 vaccinating countries by total vaccinations per capita are Gibralter, the United Arab Emirates, and Malta. The bottom 3 vaccinating countries are Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burkina Faso. Globally, cases were down 14% and deaths down 17% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since June 12. There are now 11,345,221 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: Brazil 86,833. India 54,393. Colombia 28,616. Argentina 21,387. And Russia 16,715.   There have now been 3,880,341 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-22-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 22nd, 2021.The World Health Organization warned the delta variant is the fastest and strongest strain yet, one that will “pick off” the most vulnerable. And by most vulnerable, they mean the unvaccinated. It called the fact we haven’t protected front line workers a catastrophic moral failure at a global level. Delta has now spread to 92 countries.Indonesia had its largest one-day jump in new infections yesterday. The world's fourth most populous country has seen a surge in recent weeks blamed on travel during a holiday last month. In Jakarta, 80% of hospital beds are full. So far only 12.3 million of the country’s 270 million people are fully vaccinated.Russian President Vladimir Putin said the coronavirus situation in some regions of that country is getting worse. That contrasts with a statement he made this month about how Russia handled the pandemic better than many other nations. Saturday Moscow registered a record 9,120 cases. The Kremlin has denied people's distrust of authorities is a reason behind low vaccination rates.What many of the unvaccinated around the world fear might become a reality in Manila. The President there has threatened to jail people who refuse to take the shots. He was very clear, saying, "You choose, vaccine or I will have you jailed." The target is to vaccinate 70 million people this year, and so far they’re at only 2.1 million. But never underestimate just how serious people are about not taking the vaccine. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley said he would literally rather retire from the sport and end his career than get a vaccine. The league has relaxed protocols for players and staff who are fully vaccinated, but for the rest there’s daily testing, mask requirements and quarantines.In the United States cases were down 18%, deaths are down 21%, and hospitalizations are down 23% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since June 14.  There are now 5,034,868 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and New York. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Hutchinson, TX. Reeves, TX. Hockley, TX. Gray, TX. Dimmit, TX. Linn, MO. Stone, AR. Lamb, TX. Polk, MO. And Audrain, MO. There have been 602,086 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: California 23. Texas 12. Illinois 10. Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Minnesota 9. Virginia 8. Arizona and Massachusetts 5. And New York and South Carolina 4. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose; Vermont at 73.1%, Massachusetts at 69.5%, and Hawaii at 69%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 35.4%, Louisiana at 37.5%, and Wyoming at 38.6%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 45.1%.Globally, cases were down 13% and deaths down 15% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since June 12. There are now 11,415,731 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: Brazil 41,878. India 39,096. Colombia 23,239. Russia 17,378. And Indonesia 14,536.   There have now been 3,870,373 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-21-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 21st, 2021.The CDC said the Delta variant now makes up at least 10% of all US cases. That’s up from 2.7% of cases on May 22, which illustrates just how fast this variant spreads. The CDC also now designated Delta as a variant of concern, meaning it may carry a risk of more severe illness and transmissibility. In the United Kingdom—it now accounts for 90% of cases.The U.S. sent 2.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine to Taiwan yesterday. That triples an earlier pledge. The COVID-19 death toll on the island of 24 million people has jumped to 549, from only about a dozen prior to this outbreak.While Canada is ready to loosen travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Canadians this week, the Public Safety Minister said they want to reach a vaccination rate of 75% before fully reopening the border between Canada and the U.S. for nonessential travel. That means Canada needs to nearly quadruple its vaccination rate before that border reopens.Some emergency medicine officers overseeing Tokyo Olympic venues have a message for organizers. Don’t let spectators in. Those organizers will decide as soon as today whether to allow domestic spectators into stadiums. Foreign spectators are already banned. A recent poll shows 41% of Japanese still want the Games cancelled entirely. In Los Angeles, the impulse is to honor front line essential workers and first responders, but also to not follow their lead when it comes to vaccinations. A report shows vaccination rates for employees at police, fire, and corrections agencies are significantly lower than other adults. There’s also talk about whether those unvaccinated first responders could actually be a threat to public health instead of rescuers. In the United States cases were down 18%, deaths are down 21%, and hospitalizations are down 21% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since June 14.  There are now 5,077,520 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and New York. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Hutchinson, TX. Reeves, TX. Hockley, TX. Gray, TX. Dimmit, TX. Linn, MO. Stone, AR. Lamb, TX. Polk, MO. And Audrain, MO. There have been 601,826 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: California 23. Texas 12. Pennsylvania and Minnesota 9. Virginia 8. Arizona and Massachusetts 5. New York 4. New Jersey, Utah, Iowa, and Hawaii 2.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose was not updated by NPR. The numbers remain Vermont at 72.6%, Massachusetts at 68.7%, and Hawaii at 68.6%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 35.2%, Louisiana at 37.1%, and Alabama at 37.2%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 44.1%.Globally, cases were down 17% and deaths down 18% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since June 12. There are now 11,554,471 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: India 53,009. Brazil 44,178. Colombia 27,818. Russia 17,611. And Indonesia 13,737.   There have now been 3,864,694 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-18-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 18th, 2021.The surge in the U.K. is picking up steam with new cases going over 10,000 for the first time in nearly four months. The chief medical adviser said the surge “will definitely translate into further hospitalizations and further deaths.”In Africa, cases rose over 20% week-on-week in nearly two dozen countries and only 0.79% of the continent is fully vaccinated. Five countries, South Africa, Tunisia, Zambia, Uganda, and Namibia, account for 76% of the new cases.In Afghanistan, the U.S. Embassy has gone into a near-complete lockdown due to a massive spike in cases among employees. Staffers are isolating to prevent a spread that’s already killed at least one person, sent 114 into quarantine, and forced several people to be medically evacuated.And the World Health Organization warned Indonesia needs to increase social restrictions amid a fresh surge of cases there. The country’s president has ordered authorities to speed up the vaccination campaign.U.S. taxpayers might buy $3.2 billion worth of antiviral medicines. The White House plan, called the Antiviral Program for Pandemics, will speed clinical trials and the manufacture of promising Covid-19 treatments, with the goal of gaining FDA authorization within a year. Pretty much the things that were done in 2020.In the United States cases were down 21%, deaths are down 20%, and hospitalizations are down 23% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 4.  There are now 5,119,713 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and New York. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Linn, MO. Dimmit, TX. Reeves, TX. Livingston, MO. Stone, AR. Karnes, TX. Polk, MO. Hutchinson, TX. DeWitt, TX. And Candler, GA.  There have been 600,933 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Texas 35. California 32. Georgia 30. Michigan 26. Illinois 21. Arizona 18. Pennsylvania 15. New York 14. Washington 8. And New Jersey, Colorado, Louisiana, and Nevada 7. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 72.6%, Massachusetts unchanged at 68.7%, and Hawaii at 68.6%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi unchanged at 35.2%, Louisiana at 37.1%, and Alabama at 37.2%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 44.1%.Globally, cases were down 19% and deaths down 5% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since June 12. There are now 11,645,381 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: Brazil 74,327. India 62,409. Colombia 29,945. Argentina 23,780. And Russia 14,057.  There have now been 3,840,181 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-17-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 17th, 2021.It’s the return of travel. The European Union is recommending its member countries start lifting restrictions on tourists from the United States. The recommendation is non-binding, and different governments can require whatever tests or shots it feels are necessary to make sure tourists don’t pose a risk.Not all vaccines work so well. German vaccine maker CureVac said interim data from late-stage testing of its coronavirus shot show comparatively low effectiveness at 47%. Not surprisingly, the company's stock value tumbled in after-hours trading. The CEO said demonstrating high efficacy in this unprecedented broad diversity of variants is challenging.It’s one thing to be willing to get a vaccine yourself, it’s another when you’re responsible for the safety and well-being of a child. A new Harris poll shows 25% of parents do not intend to get their child vaccinated. Their reasoning is mostly that they want to wait for more data on safety and effectiveness in children.Many college kids don’t have a choice. If they want to attend classes, they have to be vaccinated. But not in Arizona. An executive order has prohibited public universities and community colleges from mandating COVID-19 tests, vaccines, and masks for students. The Governor said taxpayers pay for public education and universities need to be available for students to return to learning.In Moscow, they aren’t asking, they’re telling certain employees to get vaccinated. City authorities ordered all workers who interact with the public in any way to get the shot. That’s one of the most forceful steps taken anywhere in the world to compel employees to get a vaccination. The list covers more than 2 million workers in the Russian capital.In the United States cases were down 21%, deaths are down 20%, and hospitalizations are down 23% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 4.  There are now 5,133,340 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and New York. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Linn, MO. Dimmit, TX. Reeves, TX. Livingston, MO. Stone, AR. Karnes, TX. Polk, MO. Hutchinson, TX. DeWitt, TX. And Candler, GA.  There have been 600,648 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Georgia 57. Florida 55. Texas 40. Oklahoma 29. Illinois 26. California 19. Pennsylvania and North Carolina 18. And New York, New Jersey, and Arizona 12. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 72.5%, Massachusetts at 68.7%, and Hawaii at 68.5%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 35.2%, Louisiana unchanged at 37%, and Alabama at 37.1%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 43.9%.Globally, cases were down 24% and deaths down 11% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since June 12. There are now 11,659,011 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: Brazil 85,861. India 67,294. Colombia 27,827. Argentina 25,878. And the United States 14,063.  There have now been 3,830,127 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-16-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 16th, 2021.The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 600,000 yesterday. That’s greater than the population of Baltimore or Milwaukee and equal to the number of Americans who died of cancer in 2019. Deaths have dropped to an average of 340 a day, with cases running at about 14,000 a day.California is open. It was the first state to put a lockdown in place. No more state rules on social distancing or capacity limits. Masks are no longer mandated for vaccinated people in most settings, though businesses and counties can still require them. And in New York, the state is easing many of its remaining social distancing rules and shooting off fireworks. Though unvaccinated citizens must still mask up while indoors in public places.A study of blood samples taken early last year is the latest and largest to suggest the coronavirus was in the U.S. in December 2019 — weeks before cases were first recognized by health officials. The analysis is not definitive, but the CDC says evidence is increasingly that there were rare, sporadic cases here early on, but it didn't become widespread until late February.Time to add another name to the vaccine roundup. Results from a Phase 3 clinical trial show the Novavax vaccine demonstrated 90.4% efficacy in preventing symptomatic COVID-19. And it showed 100% protection against moderate and severe disease. For people at high risk of complications like seniors and those with comorbidities, the vaccine was 91% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19.Some scientists at Yale say it’s possible that all you have to do to avoid a COVID-19 infection is make sure you always have a cold. Their research found exposure to the rhinovirus that usually causes the common cold can protect against coronavirus infection. It does so by jump-starting the early-response molecules in the immune system, provided the timing is just right. But colds have been a lot lower lately because why? Social distancing and masking.In the United States cases were down 20%, deaths are down 10%, and hospitalizations are down 22% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 4.  There are now 5,157,767 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and New York. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Linn, MO. Knox, KY. Laurel, KY. Karnes, TX. Livingston, MO. DeWitt, TX. Yuba, CA. Candler, GA. And Clay, NC.There have been 600,265 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Florida 32. Michigan 30. Texas 28. Pennsylvania 22. California 19. Colorado 18. New York and Illinois 15. And Georgia and Washington 13. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 72.4%, Massachusetts at 68.6%, and Hawaii at 68.4%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi unchanged at 34.9%, and Louisiana and Alabama at 37%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 43.7%.Globally, cases were down 25% and deaths down 12% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since June 12. There are now 11,732,325 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: Brazil 88,992. India 62,226. Argentina 27,260. Colombia 24,452. And Russia 14,185. There have now been 3,819,109 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-15-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 15th, 2021.The U.S. is not going to meet its vaccination goal and a new report from Stanford and the Kaiser Family Foundation points out why. The only demographic projected to exceed a 70% vaccination rate of at least one dose by July 4 are Asians. Whites are projected to be at 66% by that date, Hispanics at 63%, and Black Americans at 51%. The pace of vaccinations would need to speed up significantly to hit the national goal, the pace is in fact slowing down.The Delta variant has been detected in 74 countries and continues to spread rapidly on its way to becoming the dominant strain worldwide. Outbreaks have been confirmed in China, the U.S., Africa, Scandinavia, and Pacific rim countries. In the US, cases are doubling roughly every two weeks and account for 10% of all new cases, while in the UK it accounts for more than 90% of new cases.Because of the surge in England, as expected, the next planned relaxation of restrictions will be delayed four weeks, until July 19. The Prime Minister said the new date will be the final delay as the vaccination drive is accelerated.It’s like watching your parents having a disagreement. Dr. Marty Makary of the respected Johns Hopkins Hospital claimed the also respected CDC "sits on a lot of data.” Data that includes no child in a study of the effects of COVID-19 on youth died of COVID, and the hospitalization rate was lower for COVID than it was for influenza. He added the CDC and medical leadership fails people by "ignoring natural immunity,” remaining quiet when schools issue blanket vaccine mandates. Makary is in favor of vaccines, just not necessarily for those who are already immune.Hopefully, we can all still agree that front line healthcare workers, first-responders and essential workers were and are heroes throughout this pandemic. And New York City is going to honor them with a ticker tape parade. It’ll be July 7 on the Canyon of Heroes parade route in downtown Manhattan. In the United States cases were down 29%, deaths are down 23%, and hospitalizations are down 22% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 4.  There are now 5,283,026 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and Florida. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Linn, MO. Lamb, TX. Karnes, TX. Gray, TX. Hutchinson, TX. Livingston, MO. Hockley, TX. St. Thomas, VI. And DeWitt, TX. There have been 599,928 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: New York and North Carolina 27. Kansas 19. California and Colorado 12. Virginia 11. Illinois and Michigan 9. Alabama 8. And Louisiana 7. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 72.2%, Massachusetts at 68.5%, and Hawaii at 68.1%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi unchanged at 34.9%, Louisiana at 36.8%, and Alabama at 36.9%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 43.4%.Globally, cases were down 24% and deaths down 4% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending flat since June 10. There are now under 12 million active cases around the world, at 11,991,596.The five countries with the most new cases: India 62,597. Brazil 40,865. Colombia 24,376. Argentina 21,292. And Russia 13,721. There have now been 3,808,883 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-14-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 14th, 2021. An eye-opening statistic from Johns Hopkins, especially for those who think the pandemic was a 2020 thing. More people worldwide have died of COVID-19 already this year than during all of last year. 1.89 million reported in 2021 compared to the 1.88 million deaths counted as of December 31, 2020. Worldwide, an average of more than 9,000 deaths from COVID are still confirmed daily.  With the Prime Minister on the verge of delaying 'Freedom Day', a new report by Public Health England shows almost a third of Covid deaths in the U.K. from the Delta strain had gotten both injections of a vaccine. The report also suggests the Delta variant has a 64% increased risk of household transmission compared to the Alpha variant and is believed to be 40% more transmissible outdoors. They’re seeing something similar in China and Brazil. Doctors in southeastern China say the symptoms of the Delta variant are different and more dangerous than the initial virus. Patients get sicker and their conditions worsen faster. Chinese authorities did not say how many of the new infections are in people who have been vaccinated.  Moscow's mayor ordered a week off for some workplaces and imposed restrictions on many businesses to fight infections that have more than doubled in the past week. He said, “it’s impossible not to react to such a situation.” Russia was the first country to deploy a vaccine but only about 12% of the population has gotten vaccinated. If you think unvaccinated Americans are nervous about going out, think again. A CBS News poll shows they’re more "comfortable" going to a restaurant, bar or large event than the vaccinated are. The top reason given for not taking the shot is "still too untested.”  In the United States cases were down 29%, deaths are down 23%, and hospitalizations are down 22% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 4.  There are now 5,305,973 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and Florida.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Linn, MO. Lamb, TX. Karnes, TX. Gray, TX. Hutchinson, TX. Livingston, MO. Hockley, TX. St. Thomas, VI. And DeWitt, TX.  There have been 599,768 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%. The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Pennsylvania and Virginia 14. Illinois 12. Texas 11. New York and Minnesota 9. Arizona 7. California 6. And New Jersey, Kentucky, Maryland, and Iowa 3.   The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 71.8%, Massachusetts at 68.2%, and Hawaii at 68%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 34.9%, Alabama at 36.4%, and Louisiana at 36.6%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 42.6%. Globally, cases were down 28% and deaths down 11% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since May 28.  There are 12,146,101 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: India 68,400. Brazil 36,998. Colombia 28,519. Russia 14,723. And Argentina 13,043.  There have now been 3,799,649 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-11-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 11th, 2021.Not a trend you want to see. The number of new daily cases and deaths in the U.S. rose for the third-straight day. The number of states that have seen the weekly trend of new cases rise this week inched up to 15 on Thursday from 14 on Wednesday.The remaining Group of Seven nations said we see America’s donation of 500 million vaccine doses for poorer nations and…well we won’t each match it but the six of us together will match it. That means 1 billion shots to eliminate supply inequities around the world. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine stays fresher longer. The FDA extended the expiration date on millions of doses of that vaccine by six weeks. The agency determined the shots will remain safe and effective for 4 1/2 months, up from the original three months. And that should help with COVID vaccine waste.A new Morning Consult survey show roughly 46% of U.S. adults now think Covid did indeed originate with a lab leak. 26% believe it began naturally and 28% don’t know or have no opinion. Only 17% of Americans say they have some or a lot of trust in the Chinese government, but 56% still have trust in the World Health Organization to tell the truth about the pandemic’s origins.The White House exempted most employers from rules to protect workers from the coronavirus. In fact, the rules only seem to apply to health care workers. In a related story, Houston Methodist hospital is suspending almost 200 workers for two weeks without pay for refusing to get vaccinated. In the United States cases were down 36%, deaths are down 20%, and hospitalizations are down 22% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 4.  There are now 5,383,382 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and Florida. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Scott, KY. Lamb, TX. Hutchinson, TX. Livingston, MO. Linn, MO. Hockley, TX. Harrison, KY. West Feliciana, LA. And Lincoln, WA. There have been 598,726 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: California 47. Michigan and Georgia 45. Texas 33. Arizona 27. Pennsylvania 21. New York 19. Kentucky and Illinois 17. And North Carolina 16. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont unchanged at 71.7%, Massachusetts at 68%, and Hawaii at 67.8%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 34.8%, Alabama unchanged at 36.2%, and Louisiana at 36.5%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 42.5%.Globally, cases were down 22% and deaths down 20% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since May 28. There are 12,676,530 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: India 91,266. Brazil 89,802. Colombia 29,302. Argentina 27,628. And the United States 14,880.    There have now been 3,769,088 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-10-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 10th, 2021.Yesterday we told you San Francisco might be the first major city to reach herd immunity. But yesterday Seattle’s Mayor declared 70% of that city’s residents 12+ have been fully vaccinated. The effort now is to get Seattle fully reopened and people supporting local small retailers and restaurants, arts and culture programming, and transit.U.S. taxpayers will apparently buy 500 million more doses of the Pfizer vaccine, all to be shared through the COVAX alliance. The vaccines will go to 92 lower income countries and the African Union over the next year.Many countries still have a tough road ahead and Haiti is one of them. It initially confounded health experts with low infection and death rates despite a weak public health system, a total lack of vaccines, and rejection of safety measures. But now it’s in trouble, with the few hospitals swamped and turning away patients. Haiti is experiencing its largest spike of the pandemic.The UK is on edge, recording the highest number of new cases in a single day since February. There are now fears of a third wave. The four nations had 7,540 cases in 24 hours, up 74% from a week ago. The Prime Minister will decide soon on whether England can go ahead with its planned full reopening June 21.Those who have survived COVID and don’t want to get a vaccine are embracing a story yesterday about a Cleveland Clinic study of healthcare providers. It found anyone who previously tested positive got no additional benefits from the vaccine. During the study of over 52,000 employees, not a single incidence of infection was observed in previously infected participants, regardless of whether or not they’d been vaccinated. However, the clinic still recommends anyone who can get the vaccine, should.In the United States cases were down 42%, deaths are down 20%, and hospitalizations are down 23% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 4.  There are now 5,397,142 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and Florida. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Lamb, TX. Livingston, MO. Hutchinson, TX. Linn, MO. Hockley, TX. West Feliciana, LA. Scott, KY. Harrison, KY. And Moffat, CO. There have been 598,760 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Texas 38. New Jersey 31. Pennsylvania and Alabama 29. California 28. Illinois 27. Georgia 25. West Virginia 24. Colorado 20. And North Carolina 18. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 71.7%, Massachusetts at 67.9%, and Hawaii at 67.7%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 34.7%, Alabama unchanged at 36.2%, and Louisiana unchanged at 36.4%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 42.3%.Globally, cases were down 23% and deaths down 19% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since May 28. There are 12,714,267 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: India 93,896. Brazil 87,097. Argentina 29,757. Colombia 24,233. And the United States 14,201.    There have now been 3,754,914 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-09-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 9th, 2021.Experts say San Francisco may have become the first major city in the United States to hit herd immunity. Yes, there are still about 137 cases a day, but they aren’t gaining enough of a foothold to trigger wider outbreaks. And that, for all practical purposes, is what herd immunity looks like. Nearly 80% of residents have received at least one shot with 68% fully vaccinated. While San Francisco and some other places are doing a good job, the White House is increasingly resigning to the prospect the U.S. goal to have 70% of Americans at least partially vaccinated by July 4 will be achieved. The pace of new vaccinations has dropped below 400,000 people per day.The Toronto-based Mastercard Foundation is one of the biggest in the world. And over the next three years it’s going to spend $1.3 billion to vaccinate more than 50 million people in Africa. That country needs the help as fears grow of a third wave of infections. The single doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be available starting in August.Yes, it’s a wonder drug, but it doesn’t cure COVID-19. One of the biggest trials in Britain has learned Aspirin doesn’t improve the chances of survival in severely ill patients. Since aspirin helps reduce blood clots in other diseases, it was tested in COVID-19 patients. And although there was a small increase in the likelihood of being discharged alive, researchers determined it wasn’t enough to justify its widespread use.If your plan is to be clever and buy a fake vaccination card online, you might want to think again. The Federal Trade Commission says the real cards were never designed to prove vaccination long term. But the FBI said unauthorized use of an official government agency seal can get you a fine or up to five years behind bars.In the United States cases were down 42%, deaths are down 20%, and hospitalizations are down 22% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending flat since June 4.  There are now 5,408,951 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and New York. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Lamb, TX. Livingston, MO. Hutchinson, TX. Linn, MO. Hockley, TX. West Feliciana, LA. Scott, KY. Harrison, KY. And Moffat, CO. There have been 598,323 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Michigan 58. Georgia 38. Texas 37. Pennsylvania 32. California 23. Washington 18. Illinois 14. And North Carolina, Arizona, and Tennessee 13. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 71.6%, Massachusetts at 67.8%, and Hawaii at 67.6%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 34.4%, Alabama unchanged at 36.2%, and Louisiana at 36.4%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 42.1%.Globally, cases were down 27% and deaths down 24% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since May 28. There are 12,842,257 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: India 91,227. Brazil 52,448. Argentina 31,137. Colombia 18,586. And the United States 13,542.    There have now been 3,744,378 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-08-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 8th, 2021.Increasing vaccinations in the U.S. from this point on may prove difficult. A Gallup survey shows 76% of U.S. adults say they’ve been vaccinated or plan to be, a number that hasn’t moved much in three months. Among those not planning to be vaccinated, 78% say they won’t reconsider. 53% of U.S. adults say they’re worried about people choosing not to get vaccinated, and it’s now the public's greatest worry about the virus by far. You still hear about breakthrough infections, but a CDC study shows vaccinated people, if they do get infected, have milder cases than the unvaccinated; 40% less virus in their bodies, 58% less likely to have a fever, and two fewer days spent in bed. They also appear less likely to spread the virus to others. The Delta variant is wreaking havoc in beautiful Fiji. It’s another country that had good success in the first year but now it’s struggling with a record surge in cases. Fiji only recorded 70 cases before April this year. It’s now recorded 751. Three of the new cases are employees at the nation's Covid-19 management team. India is changing its approach. The government will provide free vaccine shots to any adult starting later this month and take back control of the country's vaccination effort, which has been hampered by delays and shortages. Up to now it was the states and private sector tasked with the vaccination rollout. My how times have changed. Not only is marijuana a legal recreational drug now, it’s being used as bait to get people to take a vaccine for their health. The Liquor and Cannabis Board of Washington approved a temporary allowance for cannabis retailers to offer “Joints for Jabs.” One joint for every adult customer who gets a vaccination at an in-store vaccination clinic.In the United States cases were down 45%, deaths are down 22%, and hospitalizations are down 22% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since April 14.  There are now 5,436,877 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and New York. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Livingston, MO. Linn, MO. Moffat, CO. West Feliciana, LA. Dimmit, TX. Hutchinson, TX. Harrison, KY. Lamb, TX. Lincoln, WA. And Scott, KY.There have been 597,946 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: North Carolina 48. New York 45. Illinois 20. Alabama 19. Washington 17. Kansas 16. Texas 14. Colorado 13. Michigan 12. And California 10. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 71.4%, and Hawaii and Massachusetts at 67.6%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi unchanged at 34.3%, and Alabama and Louisiana at 36.2%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 41.9%.Globally, cases were down 22% and deaths down 16% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since May 28. There are now under 13 million active cases around the world, at 12,998,140.The five countries with the most new cases: India 87,345. Brazil 38,750. Argentina 22,195. Colombia 21,949. And the United States 12,283.    There have now been 3,734,609 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-07-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 7th, 2021.The Group of Seven is a summit of the world’s wealthier democracies, it’s happening next week, and the UK will use that occasion to urge world leaders to commit to vaccinating the world by the end of 2022. Britain pledged in February to give most of its surplus supply to COVAX, the U.N.-backed program to vaccinate poorer countries.There might be a new kind of COVID-19 vaccine as soon as this summer. It’s based on known technology and doesn't require special refrigeration. What makes it different is the current vaccines deliver genetic instructions for the spike protein, then our bodies’ cells have to make that protein. This vaccine contains the spike protein itself — so it's already made — plus something that enhances the immune system's response.We finally bring you good news out of India. Daily cases yesterday dropped to the lowest level seen in over two months. It’s a welcome turnaround after a brutal second wave. Cases peaked May 9 and have dropped over 68% from the peak. Plus 66% of new cases are in just five states, an indication transmission has been contained to a localized area.Royal Caribbean says it won’t require US passengers to get vaccinated to go on several ships set to sail this summer out of Florida, they’ll just strongly encourage it. And the unvaccinated may have to undergo testing and follow some restrictions. Florida’s governor threatened to fine cruise lines $5,000 each time they required a guest to show proof of vaccination.Pro golfer Jon Rahm was on the golf course, leading by six shots at the Memorial Tournament when he was told he’d tested positive for COVID-19. He had to withdraw, likely costing him the trophy and oh yeah, $1.6 million. It led to much debate on Twitter; some said if he’d been vaccinated in his home state of Arizona March 24 this wouldn’t have happened. Others said what a tragedy this would be if the test was a false positive.In the United States cases were down 45%, deaths are down 23%, and hospitalizations are down 19% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since April 14.  There are now 5,475,679 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and New York. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Livingston, MO. Linn, MO. Moffat, CO. West Feliciana, LA. Dimmit, TX. Hutchinson, TX. Harrison, KY. Lamb, TX. Lincoln, WA. And Scott, KY.There have been 597,627 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Illinois 38. California 32. New York 26. Texas 17. Virginia 7. New Jersey and Maryland 6. And Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Iowa 4. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 71.2%, Hawaii at 67.4%, and Massachusetts at 67.2%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 34.3%, Alabama at 36.1%, and Louisiana at 36.2%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 41.6%.Globally, cases were down 26% and deaths down 22% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since May 28. There are now 13,251,679 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: India 101,232. Brazil 39,637. Colombia 24,050. Argentina 16,415. And Russia 9,163.    There have now been 3,726,107 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-04-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 4th, 2021. The United States sends its first shipments of surplus vaccine doses abroad today. 80 million doses by the end of June to start with. 75% of the first 25 million doses will be allotted through COVAX, the international distribution system to help with vaccinations in the world's poorest countries. California will fully reopen in less than two weeks and do away with almost all mask and social distancing requirements for the vaccinated people. But the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is considering new workplace rules that even vaccinated employees must remain masked unless everyone in their workspace is inoculated. The California Chamber of Commerce is not pleased. We’re hearing a lot about vaccinations but what about effective treatments for COVID-19, and what about outright cures for it? The task is to develop a drug that targets the virus itself. So far, only one antiviral treatment — remdesivir — is recommended for use in the U.S., and experts say it’s not effective enough. A team at Miami’s Ridgeback Biotherapeutics began work in the spring of 2020 to find a possible treatment and get ready for the clinical trials. Now their drug, molnupiravir, is one of two medicines to treat COVID-19 nearing the end of clinical testing. Another report of inaccurate reporting. Two new studies show COVID-19 is many times more prevalent in Indonesia than shown by official figures. The inaccuracies are the result of a lack of testing and contact tracing. One study suggested 15% of Indonesians had already contracted COVID-19 - when official figures had infections at only around 0.4% of people. You’d think with all the lockdowns and working from home U.S. traffic deaths would have dropped tremendously. Not at all. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says traffic deaths rose 7% last year, the biggest increase in 13 years. The agency blamed it on drivers taking more risk because roads were less congested. In the United States cases were down 46%, deaths are down 35%, and hospitalizations are down 22% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since April 14.  There are now 5,537,566 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and New York. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Chattahoochee, GA. Livingston, MO. Linn, MO. Dimmit, TX. Karnes, TX. Lincoln, WA. Moffat, CO. Tyler, TX. Reeves, TX. And LaSalle, LA. There have been 596,401 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%. The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Michigan 62. Texas 57. Florida 49. Pennsylvania 34. Georgia 33. Oklahoma 25. Illinois 24. Washington 23. California 22. And Alabama 21. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 70.7%, Hawaii at 66.9%, and Massachusetts at 66.7%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 34.3%, Louisiana at 35.9%, and Alabama at 36.1%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 41%. Globally, cases were down 27% and deaths down 12% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since May 28. There are now 13,573,286 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: India 131,371. Brazil 83,391. Argentina 32,291. Colombia 28,624. And the United States 17,821.     There have now been 3,698,371 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-03-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 3rd, 2021. CDC data shows twelve U.S. states now have 70% of adult residents who’ve had at least one Covid vaccine shot. California and Maryland are the newest to hit that mark, joining Vermont, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. The national goal is to have one shot or more administered to 70% of those 18 and older by July 4. It’s a question that gets asked a lot, can you mix vaccines. Meaning one dose of one kind and the second dose of another kind. An official Canadian panel said people who got a first shot of AstraZeneca can get a different shot for their second dose. That’s not news AstraZeneca wanted, but it’s what was ruled. And it was also decided vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna can be interchangeable. Cases continue to go up in Taiwan so now there’s a mass vaccination plan to cover 1.7 million people a week. The country had already placed curbs on gatherings and ordered entertainment venues closed. Taiwan has vaccinated just about 3% of its people. Increasingly, it looks like the U.S. will not reach herd immunity as vaccine acceptance continues to stall. Vox gathered up the six main reasons experts believe people are slow to get vaccinated or refuse to get vaccinated. Lack of access, either real or perceived, they don’t see Covid-19 as that big a threat, fear of vaccine side effects, lack of trust in the vaccines, lack of trust in institutions like government and health bureaucracies, and a vast array of conspiracy theories. It’s become obvious the pandemic has changed the approach to work forever. A Morning Consult survey found 39% of workers would actually consider quitting if their bosses did not remain flexible about working from home. Most of those who said that were millennials and Gen Z. Just 2% of respondents said they wanted to work in the office full time again. In the United States cases were down 45%, deaths are down 44%, and hospitalizations are down 22% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since April 14.  There are now 5,556,774 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and New York. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Chattahoochee, GA. Livingston, MO. Linn, MO. Torrance, NM. Lincoln, WA. Reeves, TX. Moffat, CO. LaSalle, LA. Koochiching, MN. And Webster, KY. There have been 595,822 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%. The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Florida 55. Texas 52. Pennsylvania 45. California 35. Michigan 34. Georgia 29. New Jersey 28. Arizona 20. Virginia 12. And Alabama 11. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 70.7%, Hawaii at 66.9%, and Massachusetts at 66.6%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 34%, Louisiana at 35.8%, and Alabama at 36%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 40.9%. Globally, cases were down 27% and deaths down 9% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since May 28. There are now 13,668,387 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: India 134,105. Brazil 94,509. Argentina 35,017. Colombia 27,000. And the United States 16,974.     There have now been 3,687,575 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-02-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 2nd, 2021. Good decisions come from good data and throughout the pandemic the data has been questionable. Case in point, Peru has more than doubled its official death toll after a government review. That instantly makes it the country with the highest coronavirus-related death rate per capita. And just 3% of Latin Americans have been fully vaccinated.  In the UK, they’re dwelling on good news. There were no deaths from Covid-19 for the first time since July of 2020. That means no one died within 28 days of testing positive. Experts caution that while the number is obviously low, it might not be zero. Deaths announced on any given day usually occurred earlier, and the total by date of death is calculated later. The variant that first emerged in India, which we are now supposed to call variant Delta, is spreading rapidly in the US. It now makes up 7% of new cases, up from 1% at the start of May. Experts say the variant is 60% more transmissible. Health officials say the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines can handle it. In an effort to get travel going again, at least between EU countries, Greece, Germany and five other EU nations introduced a vaccination certificate system that will roll out July 1. Certificates are issued to people who are fully vaccinated as well as those who’ve already had the virus and developed antibodies and others who’ve had a PCR test within the last 72 hours. Incentives only work if you know what the people want, and West Virginia believes its people want guns. The state is giving the newly-vaccinated the chance to win not just money, but five custom hunting rifles and five custom shotguns. A poll conducted between March 20 and April 19 found 28% of West Virginians were unwilling to get the vaccine. In the United States cases were down 46%, deaths are down 36%, and hospitalizations are down 23% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since April 14.  There are now 5,585,384 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and New York.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Livingston, MO. Linn, MO. Torrance, NM. Chattahoochee, GA. Dimmit, TX. Karnes, TX. Lincoln, WA. Mesa, CO. Alamosa, CO. And Koochiching, MN. There have been 595,205 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%. The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Illinois 38. Florida 23. New York and Virginia 13. Missouri 10. Maryland 7. Mississippi 6. Pennsylvania and New Jersey 5. And South Carolina, Kentucky, and South Dakota 4.  The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 70.2%, Hawaii at 66.5%, and Massachusetts at 66.2%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 34%, Louisiana at 35.7%, and Alabama at 36%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 40.7%. Globally, cases were down 28% and deaths down 12% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since May 28.  There are now under 14 million active cases around the world, at 13,939,592. The five countries with the most new cases: India 133,228. Brazil 77,898. Argentina 35,355. Colombia 25,966. And the United States 12,976.     There have now been 3,557,144 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 6-01-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for June 1st, 2021.The World Health Organization announced from now on, coronavirus variants are to be known by letters of the Greek alphabet to avoid stigmatizing and discriminating against nations where they were first detected. The UK variant will be known as Alpha, the South Africa Beta, Brazil will be Gamma, and India Delta. They also considered naming the variants after Greek Gods.New coronavirus cases leaped 73% in Washington in the week ending Sunday. With 2.29% of the country's population, Washington had 5.93% of the country's cases in the last week. Five states had more cases in the latest week than they did the week before. Washington has 56.5% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. Stocks in Malaysia fell after the government announced a nationwide two-week “total lockdown” to curb its rapidly rising daily infections. Last week, the country reported five-consecutive days of record increases in cases.In Thailand, new reported cases surged yesterday to the highest level thus far. The country is redoubling efforts to stop the spread in labor camps, factories, and markets. Concern prompted the government to overrule a plan by Bangkok’s governor to ease some restrictions that was supposed to start today. With the pandemic seemingly easing, some are taking stock of the various tolls its taken. For instance, a study shows as many as 43,000 children in the U.S. are estimated to have lost at least one parent to COVID-19 by February. That’s a dramatic 20% increase in parental bereavement compared to a typical year. The study also found Black children have been hit the hardest — they comprise 14% of children but represent 20% of those who lost a parent to the virus.In the United States cases were down 46%, deaths are down 36%, and hospitalizations are down 19% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since April 14.  There are now 5,639,539 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and New York. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Livingston, MO. Linn, MO. Torrance, NM. Chattahoochee, GA. Dimmit, TX. Karnes, TX. Lincoln, WA. Mesa, CO. Alamosa, CO. And Koochiching, MN.The five states with the highest risk levels and most daily new cases per capita over 7 days are Rhode Island, Washington, Colorado, West Virginia, and Wyoming.There have been 594,568 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Illinois 38. New York and Virginia 13. Missouri 10. Maryland 7. Mississippi 6. Pennsylvania and New Jersey 5. And South Carolina and South Dakota 4. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 70.2%, Hawaii at 66.5%, and Massachusetts at 66.2%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 34%, Louisiana at 35.7%, and Alabama at 36%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 40.7%.Globally, cases were down 31% and deaths down 16% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since May 28. There are now 14,161,013 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: India 126,698. Brazil 32,554. Argentina 28,175. Colombia 23,177. And Iran 11,042.    There have now been 3,546,731 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 5-31-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for May 31st, 2021. A hospital in Houston is being sued by 117 employees who say it’s turning them into vaccine “guinea pigs” and breaking the law by requiring they get the shot. The lawsuit alleges compulsory vaccines violate the Nuremberg Code, created as a reaction to Nazi medical experiments. However, updated guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says yes, employers of all kinds can require the vaccine.  In New York, interest in vaccines is plummeting and incentives aren’t working. In the 24 hours ending 11 a.m. Saturday, there were less than half the doses given just three weeks ago. Rewards like Mets and Yankees tickets, free drinks, and a lottery don’t seem to be helping. And in Arkansas, citizens appear they’d rather let the vaccines rot than take them. Nearly 60,000 doses are set to expire and will be trashed at the end of June. South Africa will go back to stricter lockdowns after a sharp rise in cases that indicate the virus is “surging again” in Africa's worst-affected nation. Positive cases in the past seven days were 31% higher than the week before, and cities like Johannesburg and Pretoria are in a third wave. The words “third wave” are also being used in the U.K. Scientists have warned ministers it may have already started and plans to lift all restrictions in England are premature. A surge in hospital admissions could leave the NHS struggling as it works to clear the huge backlog of non-Covid cases. A reminder out of Florida not being vaccinated could get expensive. A concert promoter is saying those who can prove they’re fully vaccinated can pay $18 per ticket to attend a concert in Saint Petersburg June 26. Those who can’t will be charged $999.99 per ticket. The logic is unvaccinated people will scare off vaccinated ticket buyers so they have to pay to make up for the damage they’re causing.  In the United States cases were down 39%, deaths are down 27%, and hospitalizations are down 21% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since April 14.  There are now 5,592,640 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, and New York.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Livingston, MO. Linn, MO. Torrance, NM. Chattahoochee, GA. Dimmit, TX. Karnes, TX. Lincoln, WA. Mesa, CO. Alamosa, CO. And Koochiching, MN. The five states with the highest risk levels and most daily new cases per capita over 7 days are Rhode Island, Colorado, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. There have been 594,430 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.8%. The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Illinois 19. New York 15. Virginia 13. Texas 12. California 10. Minnesota and Maryland 8. New Jersey 6. And Pennsylvania, Indiana, and South Carolina 5.  The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 70%, Hawaii at 66.4%, and Massachusetts at 66%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 34%, Louisiana at 35.6%, and Alabama at 36%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 40.5%. Globally, cases were down 29% and deaths down 13% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since May 28.  There are now 14,354,573 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: India 153,485. Brazil 43,520. Argentina 21,346. Colombia 20,218. And Russia 9,694.     There have now been 3,538,160 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 5-28-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for May 28th, 2021.Data from Johns Hopkins shows average daily Covid case counts in the U.S. are at less than half the level recorded at the start of May. The country is seeing an average of 23,407 new infections per day over the past week. The U.S. reports an average of 1.7 million daily vaccinations, and nearly 50% of the population has received one dose or more. Case counts have not been this low since June 2020.Melbourne, Australia was set to enter its fourth lockdown yesterday as concerns grow over the rapid spread of infections from a variant. This one will be seven days. Victoria’s Acting Premier said, “Unless something changes, this will be increasingly uncontrollable.”The incentives continue. California is giving away the country's largest pot of vaccine prize money — $116.5 million — to get more people inoculated before the state fully reopens next month. The prize includes $1.5 million each for 10 Californians. And yes, those who’ve already gotten partially or fully vaccinated are eligible.Lisa Shaw, a news presenter for BBC Newcastle, died at 44 after being treated for blood clots and bleeding and after getting the AstraZeneca shot. But now, German scientists think they know more about why these blood clot issues happen. The cold viruses used by some vaccines to insert the spike protein of COVID-19 into the nucleus of the cell can, in some people, cause bits of the proteins to enter the nucleus and break up. Those fragments enter the bloodstream and can cause clotting. The European Medicines Agency said they know of 169 such cases after 34 million doses.From the “oh the irony” department. For over a year, we’ve been on pins and needles about a virus that attacks the respiratory system and could kill us. But new research shows that in 2019, smoking killed almost 8 million people and more people started smoking. An all-time high of 1.1 billion. It’s mostly young people who are picking it up and 89% of new smokers were addicted by the time they were 25.In the United States cases were down 35%, deaths are down 20%, and hospitalizations are down 23% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since April 14.  There are now 5,690,075 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Kentucky. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Chattahoochee, GA. Torrance, NM. Livingston, MO. Linn, MO. Lincoln, WA. Koochiching, MN. Alamosa, CO. Dimmit, TX. Karnes, TX. And Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK. The five states with the highest risk levels and most daily new cases per capita over 7 days are Rhode Island, Missouri, Colorado, Wyoming, and Washington. There have been 593,282 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.79%.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Florida 86. Michigan 62. Texas 51. California 48. Illinois 44. Pennsylvania and Georgia 39. North Carolina 24. Tennessee 22. And Oregon 21. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 70.2%, Hawaii at 65.6%, and Massachusetts at 65.2%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 33.7%, Louisiana at 35.3%, and Alabama at 35.8%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 39.7%.Globally, cases were down 30% and deaths down 14% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since April 26. There are now 14,767,886 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: India 179,770. Brazil 66,722. Argentina 41,080. Colombia 25,092. And the United States  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 5-27-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for May 27th, 2021. France is imposing a mandatory quarantine on visitors from Britain to slow the spread of the Indian variant. Germany has even stricter limits on people coming in from the U.K. Travel companies can only transport German citizens and residents from Britain. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said she was relying on a study in a top infectious disease journal when she said outdoor transmission accounted for less than 10% of cases. Now the New York Times reports a co-author of that study says that was misleading, because the actual number is far less, "probably substantially less than 1%." There’s seemingly a news story every time a breakthrough infection occurs in someone who’s been fully vaccinated. It seems like breakthroughs are happening a lot. But a new CDC report says that’s incredibly rare. How rare? It’s estimated such infections may occur in 0.01% of all fully vaccinated people. And only 10% of that .01% required hospitalization. Researchers announced an average 15% of Brazil's citizens have COVID-19 antibodies. That research was done at the beginning of the vaccine rollout when less than 1% had gotten even one dose. The presence of those antibodies suggests these people were likely infected at some point and may have at least some immunity. Probably not a good idea to censor theories about how the pandemic started long before the facts have been established. But that’s what Facebook did. Deeming any mention of the possibility the virus leaked from a Wuhan lab as conspiratorial misinformation, Facebook removed, blocked, and banned such content. It has now reversed that policy, as Republicans and Democrats alike call for more scrutiny into the origins of Covid-19. In the United States cases were down 37%, deaths are down 12%, and hospitalizations are down 23% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since April 14.  There are now 5,702,760 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Kentucky.  The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Chattahoochee, GA. Linn, MO. Livingston, MO. Torrance, NM. Karnes, TX. Lincoln, WA. Dimmit, TX. Koochiching, MN. Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK. And Alamosa, CO.  The five states with the highest risk levels and most daily new cases per capita over 7 days are Rhode Island, Missouri, Delaware, Colorado, and West Virginia. There have been 591,941 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.79%. The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Florida 70. Texas 61. Pennsylvania 42. Georgia 36. California and New Jersey 34. Colorado 33. Illinois 28. North Carolina 27. And New York 23.  The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 69.9%, Hawaii at 65.3%, and Massachusetts at 65%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 33.6%, Louisiana at 35.1%, and Alabama at 35.8%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 39.5%. Globally, cases were down 32% and deaths down 9% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since April 26.  There are now 14,861,104 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: India 211,553. Brazil 79,459. Argentina 35,399. The United States 23,500. And Colombia 23,487.    There have now been 3,493,704 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.  For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 5-26-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for May 26th, 2021.The CDC reports nearly one out of two Americans have now received at least one dose of a vaccine as of yesterday. And half of citizens 18 and over have been fully vaccinated. The United States has administered 287,788,872 doses.Elsewhere, problems remain. Bahrain's health ministry reported the highest daily death toll in that small island nation as a surge in cases hits record levels. Authorities mostly blame it on large gatherings during Ramadan. And in Malaysia, an outbreak is getting worse and spilling over into neighboring Thailand. Hospitals in Malaysia are strained, and the country has imposed a near lockdown until June 7.Moderna reports trials of its vaccine show it’s safe and effective for teenagers. They’ll submit the results to the FDA in hopes of getting authorization for use in kids aged 12 to 17. It’s hoped this increased access could boost supply ahead of the new school year's start this fall.However, uptake of the virus in young Americans is proving to be a problem. Those 24 and younger are getting doses at much lower rates. For those 12 to 15, only 1.4% have gotten at least one dose. Only 1.7% of 16- to 17-year-olds have done so, and 7.6% of 18- to 24-year-olds have. Experts point out that while younger people don't face a high chance of serious illness, they still risk long-term symptoms if they get COVID-19.It’s getting kicked up a notch. The Republican led U.S. Senate and Democrat led House of Representatives intelligence committees are conducting their own investigations into the origins of the pandemic. There appear to be still-classified reports researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology became so ill they sought hospital care way back in November 2019. There are fears a lack of transparency will frustrate reaching an authoritative account of how the virus was unleashed.In the United States cases were down 37%, deaths are down 13%, and hospitalizations are down 23% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since April 14.  There are now 5,735,539 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Kentucky. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Chattahoochee, GA. Livingston, MO. Linn, MO. Charlton, GA. Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK. Lincoln, WA. Koochiching, MN. Alamosa, CO. Karnes, TX. And Alleghany, VA. The five states with the highest risk levels and most daily new cases per capita over 7 days are Delaware, Wyoming, Michigan, Colorado, and Maine.There have been 590,922 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.79%.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Florida 93. Michigan 71. Pennsylvania 45. Texas 42. California 39. Georgia 38. New York 31. New Jersey 25. Virginia 21. And Illinois 18. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 69.6%, Hawaii at 65%, and Massachusetts at 64.9%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 33.2%, Louisiana at 35.1%, and Alabama at 35.6%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 39.3%.Globally, cases were down 31% and deaths down 7% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since April 26. There are now under 15 million active cases around the world at 14,996,161.The five countries with the most new cases: India 208,886. Brazil 74,845. Argentina 24,601. The United States 22,738. And Colombia 21,181.  There have now been 3,480,781 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 5-25-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for May 25th, 2021.India crossed another milestone yesterday with more than 300,000 people lost to the coronavirus. That death toll is the third highest in the world after the U.S. and Brazil, accounting for 8.6% of coronavirus fatalities globally. It’s still believed the real numbers are much higher. Speaking of Brazil, its Health Ministry confirmed just shy of 450,000 dead from the virus.A damning report based on NHS data shows up to 8,700 patients in England died after catching Covid-19 while in a hospital being treated for another medical problem. Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt said hospital-acquired Covid “remains one of the silent scandals of this pandemic”.Many people who had COVID-19 don’t feel the need to get the vaccine because they believe they have ongoing immunity. Research out of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis appears to back them up. It shows months after recovery, when antibody levels in the blood have declined, immune cells in bone marrow stay ready to dispatch new antibodies against the coronavirus. These cells were found up to eleven months after mild COVID-19. It’s not clear yet if the same results would be seen in survivors of moderate to severe COVID-19.Even as they worried about dying from COVID-19, many people this past year were risking death from alcoholic liver disease. Cases are up 30% at the University of Michigan's health system, and liver specialist Dr. Jessica Mellinger says colleagues at other institutions tell her it’s “off the charts.” The CDC has not collected data on increase in hospitalizations from alcoholic liver disease since the pandemic began. Add this group to the list of people who are really good about getting vaccinated. Pharmacists. A survey found 88% are fully vaccinated and 92% plan to or have already had a dose. 98% feel comfortable addressing vaccine hesitancy concerns with customers.In the United States cases were down 38%, deaths are down 15%, and hospitalizations are down 22% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since April 14.  There are now 5,754,591 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Kentucky. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Chattahoochee, GA. Livingston, MO. Linn, MO. Charlton, GA. Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK. Koochiching, MN. Karnes, TX. Lincoln, WA. Alamosa, CO. And Dukes, MA. The five states with the highest risk levels and most daily new cases per capita over 7 days are Delaware, Colorado, Wyoming, Michigan, and Maine.There have been 590,516 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.79%.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: New York 51. North Carolina 29. Florida 28. Colorado 25. California 21. Maryland 15. Michigan and New Mexico 14. Louisiana 13. And Texas 12. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 68.9%, Massachusetts at 64.6%, and Hawaii at 64.4%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 33.2%, Louisiana at 35%, and Alabama at 35.6%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 39.2%.Globally, cases were down 26% and deaths down 7% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since May 22. There are now 15,196,725 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: India 195,815. Brazil 37,563. Argentina 22,651. The United States 19,866. And Colombia 16,977.   There have now been 3,469,419 deaths reported as Covid-related  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Coronavirus news, updates, hotspots and information for 5-24-2021
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for May 24th, 2021.There was a time anyone who suggested the novel coronavirus escaped from a lab in Wuhan was branded a conspiracy theorist, so certain was the reporting that it emerged naturally. Now none other than Dr. Anthony Fauci says he’s not convinced. He joins the rising number of voices calling for a real investigation into the virus' origins. For example, the Wall Street Journal reported three researchers from China's Wuhan Institute of Virology sought hospital care in November of 2019, months before the outbreak was disclosed. Their source was a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report.New cases in the United States have dropped to rates not seen since June, sparking optimism vaccinations are limiting severe cases and virus spread. Increasingly, pre-pandemic life has largely resumed, with states that have stuck to restrictions preparing to drop them. Health experts however continue to say not enough Americans have been vaccinated to eliminate the potential for new variants to extend the pandemic.Late last week, Taiwan moved to its second highest COVID alert level after a surge of cases. And because the country last year recorded zero cases of community transmission for eight straight months, and now it’s in the hundreds, people are asking what happened? Many say its Taiwan’s very slow vaccine rollout, and that Australia should take heed because it too is having a slow rollout.There’s an image you might have been given about what kind of people are reluctant about the vaccines. Which is fine provided that image includes young mothers. A study out of Northwestern, Harvard, and Rutgers shows parents are more likely to resist the vaccine vs other adults across all racial groups. 73% of black parents expressed being vaccine hesitant or resistant. And the study found young mothers are the most vaccine resistant among all groups.In India, an extreme example of vaccine hesitancy and the result of vaccine misinformation. A team of health officials arrived in a village in Barabanki to administer vaccinations, and numerous citizens jumped in the river and started swimming away to avoid them. Only 18 people took the shot. Others believed they were about to be injected with poison.In the United States cases were down 39%, deaths are down 14%, and hospitalizations are down 22% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since April 14.  There are now 5,790,318 active cases in the United States. The current top 5 states by number of active cases: California, Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Kentucky. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Chattahoochee, GA. Livingston, MO. Charlton, GA. Linn, MO. Ketchikan Gateway Borough, AK. Koochiching, MN. Alamosa, CO. Karnes, TX. Lincoln, WA. And Dukes, MA. The five states with the highest risk levels and most daily new cases per capita over 7 days are Delaware, Colorado, Wyoming, Michigan, and Maine.There have been 589,890 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related, with a current national fatality rate of 1.79%.The states with the most new deaths reported as COVID-related: Alabama 32. Illinois 25. California 22. Texas 19. New York 18. Maryland 17. Florida and Kentucky 11. South Carolina 10. And Pennsylvania and Virginia 9. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that’s had at least one dose, Vermont at 68.1%, Hawaii at 64.4%, and Massachusetts at 64.3%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 33.2%, Louisiana at 34.9%, and Alabama at 35.4%. The percentage of the U.S. that’s been fully vaccinated is 38.9%.Globally, cases were down 25% and deaths down 6% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since May  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.