CASES DEATHS CASES DEATHS
December 2020 19,111,443 341,149 2,120,610 24,241
January 26,185,362 441,319 3,310,949 .40,702
February 28,602,101 513,137 3,563,578 51,953
March 30,459,874 552,072 3,668,277 59,240
April 32,225,012 574,280 3,742,115 62,078
May 33,261,284 594,468 3,789,227 63,247
June 33,624,871 603,966 3,814,890 63,569
July 34,434,136 610,859 3,903,052 64,231
August 29,057,368 638,700 4,326,204 65,757
UPDATED WEEKLY - Last updated on 19 September, 2021, 5:15 pm PST, John Hopkins Corona Virus Dashboard and Worldometer
John Hopkins Worldometer
Recovered - Recovered - 205,879,944
POPULATION - is 333,363,103 as of 19 September, 2021, 5:15 pm PST, based on Census U.S. and World Population Clock.
Cases in the U.S.
Recovered - Recovered - 32,503,536
Cases in California
Recovered - Recovered - 2,392,283
National unemployment numbers are at 5.2% as of August 2021. California unemployment is at 7.6% as of August 2021.
09/19/2021 Cases (WHO) Deaths (WHO) Recovered (WHO)
**reporting information is limited, reduced testing and increased cases
United States progress Updated as of 19 September, 2021, 5:15 pm PST
State Progress Updated as of 19 September, 2021, 5:15 pm PST
. 1st dose 2nd dose % fully Vaccinated
** Last on vaccine tracker
DELTA VARIANT AND CHILDREN
The delta variant of COVID-19 is more contagious for children. Is it making them sicker, too? Late July, an noted that the Delta coronavirus variant surging across the United States appears to cause more severe illness and can spread as easily as chickenpox — detailing that one person infected with the Delta variant could spread the virus to five to eight other people on average. With chickenpox, each infected person, on average, can infect eight or nine others.
As of 10 August, 2021 an average of 203 children with Covid-19 were admitted to US hospitals every day over the past week, . That’s a 21% increase from the previous week in daily new hospitalizations among Covid-19 patients up to age 17.
At Texas Children's Hospital, there are more patients with COVID-19 right now than at any point in the pandemic. Tennessee is close to an all-time high of kids sick with COVID-19. At Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, the number of children needing treatment for COVID-19 jumped from 20 in June to 200 in July – and has topped 160 so far in August.
Delta is clearly more contagious than previous variants and tearing its way across the South, said Dr. James Versalovic, the Texas Children's interim pediatrician-in-chief. What's not clear is whether kids are getting sicker with delta than with other variants. "Right now, it's speculative," he said.
He said children seem to have more fever and congestion than those treated during last summer's and winter's surges and we do think delta is maybe contributing to that."
It’s too soon to know whether they will have worse outcomes, "it is literally unfolding as we speak," Versalovic said. "We're going to be keeping a close eye on delta in children and adolescents."
Other researchers are less convinced. "I think kids are being swept up in the firestorm raging in the South," said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, also in Houston.
"In low vaccination areas like here in the South, it’s so transmissible – the community transmission or force of infection is like nothing we’ve seen – so everyone who is unvaccinated is at high risk of getting sick," he indicated.
Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, categorizes the likelihood that delta makes kids sicker a "maybe." "It's not a slam dunk," he said. Early studies looking at the alpha variant also indicated that it was likely more virulent than its predecessor, but it turned out not to be. "So we don't want to overreact," Jha said.
Children under 12 are still not eligible for vaccination. Vaccine studies in kids were started later than in adults and older teens and are expected to be completed in the early fall.
How do we slow spread of delta variant? Get vaccinated, experts say.
It's extremely difficult to show whether one variant is more virulent than another, said Dr. Rick Malley, an infectious disease specialist at Boston Children's Hospital. "My guess is delta is not particularly more virulent in children than others," Malley said. With so many adults infected, it stands to reason that more children and teens will catch it, too, he said.
Masks are also helpful, he said, particularly among children too young to be vaccinated. Unmasked children in close contact with one another – such as in a classroom – could pass on the virus. "If left unmasked and interacting with lots of others, you could imagine a child could serve as an important vector of transmission," Malley said.
A handful of public health experts said it's crucial for everyone who can be vaccinated against COVID-19 to get the shots. The more the virus can be slowed down, the fewer children will catch it, the experts said.
Follow the science, end up in the classroom. Several at reducing the spread of Covid-19. In June, a study published in the found that other mitigation measures — such as physical distancing and handwashing — are “insufficient by themselves” in curbing the pandemic without too.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said officials are following every jurisdiction and tracking outbreaks that occur in camps and schools.
“The places that are having a problem, the places that are having disease that is transmitted in the schools, are the places that are not taking prevention strategies — the places that aren’t masking,” Walensky said. “The places where you see kids in the hospital, the places where you see footage of kids in the hospital, are all places that are not taking mitigation strategies to keep our children safe.”
School openings so far reveal science is right — masking works. As schools start classes across the United States, public health experts warn that politics around masks could hinder the nation’s fight against Covid-19. But the real-life evidence about masks leaves little doubt that they work.
In some places where schools have been open for a while now, such as and , public health experts notice what happens when schools follow the science: classes go on without disruption as long staff and students wear masks. But when staff and students do not wear masks, Covid-19 can spread, forcing people to stay home to quarantine and classes returning to virtual learning.
Schools have closed, at least temporarily, in Georgia, Indiana and Mississippi due to cluster outbreaks among students and staff. An elementary school in Cobb County in the Atlanta suburbs, fifth graders were sent home for virtual learning due to high numbers of Covid-19 cases. Masks are optional for students and staff at the school, , but there is social distancing in classrooms when possible.
The Glascock County Consolidated School in Gibson, Georgia is also in virtual classes until at least August 20. Within the first week of school nine students and four staff members tested positive and 99 students and 11 staff had to quarantine.
In Indiana, the Scott County School District 1 advised parents that “due to the high rate of positive cases and extremely high rate of student in quarantine” it would switch to virtual learning.
Several schools in Lamar County, Mississippi switched to virtual learning before the school board voted to maintain a hybrid teaching model. During a board meeting on Monday, Superintendent Steven Hampton said while he believes face-to-face learning is best, a hybrid model would help avoid having all of the schools go virtual.
Cases have been climbing in Massachusetts, but more slowly than in the South. Vaccination rates in Massachusetts are relatively high: 64% are fully vaccinated and more than 73% are partially vaccinated.
Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, said the number of infections are rising in his state, where vaccination rates remain relatively low.
The best way to protect children too young to be vaccinated, he stressed, is to get everyone around them vaccinated. "If you live in a community where virus transmission is very low, schools are going to be quite safe," he said.
Schaffner said he is worried about what will happen when flu season starts this fall. Last year, masking and school closures essentially eliminated the flu, but he worries about the possibility of a "twindemic" this year.
One other concern, Versalovic said, is the rising number of cases of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, which can be caused by pneumonia, especially in young children. Texas Children's has counted 25 cases of children with both RSV and COVID-19, a mix that makes each worse, he said. "This combination obviously has presented a formidable challenge for children's hospitals in this region and across the country."
COVID-19 vaccine and kids: What parents of 12- to 15-year-olds need to know.
On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) endorsed Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, paving the way for kids of this age group to get vaccinated against the virus. The news comes on the heels of the Food and Drug Administration expanding emergency-use authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine to kids as young as 12. The vaccine was previously accessible only for people ages 16 and up.
"Having a vaccine authorized for a younger population is a critical step in continuing to lessen the immense public health burden caused by the COVID-19 pandemic," Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. Even if you've been vaccinated, it's understandable to have questions about what, exactly, this news means for your child — and how to even go about getting them vaccinated in the first place.
Here's what you need to know.
The results were perfect: There were no cases of COVID-19 in those who received the vaccine, making it 100 percent effective at preventing COVID-19. However, 16 study participants who received the placebo contracted the virus.
What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine in kids? Side effects were similar to those in adults. Side effects usually lasted between one and three days, the FDA says. The most common ones include:
How might this affect school in the fall for children? If a large portion of 12- to 15-year-olds get vaccinated, it's "going to have a terrifically positive impact on schools, at least for middle school and up," Schreiber says. "It will help us move back to a more normal school environment — athletics and activities could resume in a much more robust way," he says.
How soon might the next age group of children be eligible for the vaccine? Currently there are several clinical trials in the works for children as young as 6 months and there are different predictions on when results will be available. "Apparently it’s taking a little longer to recruit younger children into the trials." Still, Adalja says, trial results will "probably come in closer to the end of 2021" with an emergency-use authorization for this vaccine toward the beginning of 2022.
Politics but no masks in the classroom. The National Education Association, the largest teachers’ union in the United States, has been watching the reopening of schools closely.
“Where the schools have highly communicative, collaborative relationships with educators, parents, community members and .an ongoing constant system of communication about their safety plans and reopening, things are going better,” Kim Anderson, executive director of the National Education Association.
“In places where they’re not communicating and politicians are trying to strip the ability of communities to protect themselves, things are not going well.”
Implementing mask requirements in schools has become a politicized topic of debate in some states across the country. As of last week, at least seven states — Arkansas, Arizona, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah — prohibit districts from requiring masks in schools. But there have been some efforts to fight back.
Of new hospitalizations for coronavirus-related illness, nearly 40 percent are in Florida and Texas, White House pandemic response coordinator Jeff Zients revealed during a Thursday press briefing. Cases have been rising in both states, and the attendant rise in hospitalizations is not a surprise.
Texas, 44.7%, and Florida, 49.8% vaccination rates are far too low to halt community transmission of the virus. For that to occur, some 80% of a population would have to be vaccinated. The White House has told both governors to “get out of the way” and allow for a proper response.
The reported 23,903 new coronavirus cases in Florida on Friday, 6 August 2021, the state's highest single-day total since the start of the pandemic. Two days later, numbers from hospitals reporting to the showed Florida's inpatient beds at more than 83% occupancy. As of Sunday, 13,793 coronavirus patients accounted for 24% of the state's inpatient beds.
Florida has also seen a rise in cases among children with at least 135 of them hospitalized with COVID-19. For the first time since February, the U.S. is now reporting an average of more than . COVID-19 deaths are also on the rise, averaging 454 daily fatal cases, with close to one-fifth of those deadly cases from Florida. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is facing resistance from a growing number of Republican-leaning counties over his handling of the recent surge in COVID-19 infections, in a rare bipartisan rebuke of the governor's laissez-faire approach to the pandemic. More recently, DeSantis has taken to promoting a COVID-19 antibody treatment sold by the pharmaceutical company Regeneron as a way to fight the delta variant.
Public health officials have been urging schools and parents to keep politics out of the classroom. “This is not a political statement or invasion of your liberties. This is a life-saving medical device and asking kids to wear a mask is uncomfortable, but kids are pretty resilient.”
What the Heck is Invermectin? Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19. Ivermectin is often used in the U.S. to treat or prevent parasites in animals. The FDA has received reports of patients requiring medical support and hospitalization after self-medicating with Ivermectin intended for horses.
The FDA has approved the use of Ivermectin tablets to treat people with intestinal strongyloidiasis and onchocerciasis, two conditions caused by parasitic worms. There are also topical forms of Ivermectin approved to treat external parasites like head lice and skin conditions such as rosacea.
Onchocerca volvulus is transmitted by repeated bites of infected blackflies. In the human body, the adult worms produce embryonic larvae or microfilariae that migrate to the skin, eyes and other organs. Symptoms are caused by the microfilariae, which move around the human body in the subcutaneous tissue and induce intense inflammatory responses when they die. Infected people show symptoms such as severe itching and various skin changes. Some of the infected develop eye lesions which can lead to visual impairment and permanent blindness. In most cases, nodules under the skin form around the adult worms.
There’s a lot of misinformation around the intake of large doses of Ivermectin. That information is wrong! The levels of Ivermectin for approved uses can interact with other medications, such as blood-thinners. You can also overdose on Ivermectin which can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hypotension or low blood pressure, allergic reactions - itching and hives, dizziness, ataxia - problems with balance, seizures, coma and even death.
Major study of Ivermectin, the anti-vaccine crowd's latest COVID drug, finds 'no effect whatsoever!' Ivermectin, the latest supposed treatment for COVID-19 being touted by anti-vaccination groups, had "no effect whatsoever" on the disease, according to a large patient study. That's the conclusion of the Together Trial, which has subjected several purported non-vaccine treatments for COVID-19 to carefully designed clinical testing. The trial is supervised by McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada and conducted in Brazil. The study's results on Ivermectin haven't been formally published or peer-reviewed.
Earlier peer-reviewed results from the Together Trial related to the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, touted as a miracle treatment for COVID by ex-president Trump, were published in April and showed no significant therapeutic effect on the virus.
Dr. Fauci says Covid booster shots are now ‘inevitable’ as FDA approves them for immunocompromised. Dr. Fauci confirmed that Covid-19 booster shots will be available for the immunocompromised starting as soon this week. The CDC approximates 9 million adults in the U.S. are immunocompromised, including organ transplant recipients, cancer patients, those with HIV or those with debilitating conditions.
A Johns Hopkins study showed that in those groups of patients, a majority of people did not develop antibodies to the coronavirus after vaccination. The others in the study only developed a low level of protection against the virus.
“Inevitably there will be a time when we’ll have to give boosts” to the general population, Dr Fauci said. “What we’re doing literally on a weekly and monthly basis is following cohorts of patients to determine if, when and whom should get it.”
Federal regulators with the Food and Drug Administration were expected to authorize the third shot of the coronavirus vaccine as early as 11 August, 2021 for the immunocompromised. Countries in Europe, such as France, Hungary and Germany, have offered booster shots to certain people with weaker immune systems.
The FDA’s decision to authorize a booster shot will first be considered by an advisory committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC0. While the two federal health agencies were independent from each other, they have typically waited until after committee discussions to roll out a new authorization for the public.
More “breakthrough cases” have been recorded of fully vaccinated individuals contracting Covid-19. Although the percentage of these breakthrough cases was still low, it has caused concern about a vaccine’s waning immunity over time.
While this was a concern, data currently indicates that the vaccine prevented severe disease and death in almost every individual who was fully vaccinated. Those who experienced a “breakthrough case” were typically asymptomatic or experienced mild symptoms.
COVID-19 live updates: Mississippi asks Biden administration to send military hospital ship
Hard-hit Mississippi has requested the federal government send a military hospital ship such as the USNS Comfort, state health official Jim Craig said Wednesday.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center has 127 COVID-19 patients, including 26 children, Dean LouAnn Woodward said Wednesday. About 90% are unvaccinated, she said. The dean warned, "The Mississippi hospital system will fail within the next five to seven or 10 days if the current trajectory continues.”
How to Protect Yourself? Getting vaccinated is your best bet!
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