SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 4.23.22

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Vaccine Related Information:

Should people wait until the fall for a second booster? CDC panel weighs in. –
Despite previous recommendations that people ages 50 and older get a second
Covid-19 booster shot, advisers to the CDC suggested it may be reasonable for some to wait.
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/people-wait-fall-second-booster-rcna25160

CDC advisers mull what’s next for Covid-19 boosters
https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/20/health/cdc-acip-meeting-covid-booster-shots/index.html

Moderna data yield hope for better Covid boosters, but highlight complexity of figuring out how to give them
https://www.statnews.com/2022/04/19/moderna-data-yield-hope-for-better-covid-boosters-but-highlight-complexity-of-figuring-out-how-to-give-them/

Moderna: Bivalent COVID Booster Passes Muster — Superior immune response to authorized booster, company says https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/98278

Men and women may respond differently to vaccines. Research needs to account for that
https://www.statnews.com/2022/04/18/vaccine-research-sex-differences-into-consideration/

Pfizer: COVID Booster Fights Omicron in Kids 5-11 – — Company plans to submit data for EUA in this age group https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/98213

 

Testing:

How to use Biden’s free coronavirus tests for international travel
https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/tips/free-tests-biden-international-travel/

FDA OKs First Breath Test for COVID-19 — With high sensitivity and specificity, results returned in under 3 minutes
https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/98228

 

Scientific Research & Variants:

Seven in 10 people in England have had Covid, research shows
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/22/seven-in-10-people-in-england-have-had-covid-research-shows-omicron

Factors Associated with Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC) After Diagnosis of
Symptomatic COVID-19 in the Inpatient and Outpatient Setting in a Diverse Cohort
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11606-022-07523-3

About 30% of COVID Patients Develop “Long COVID” – Here’s Who Is Most at Risk
https://scitechdaily.com/about-30-of-covid-patients-develop-long-covid-heres-who-is-most-at-risk/

BA.2.12.1 in statnews: “Omicron splinters into fast-spreading lineages, highlighting coronavirus’s evolution”
https://www.statnews.com/2022/04/19/omicron-splinters-into-fast-spreading-lineages-highlighting-coronaviruss-evolution/

“Covid hasn’t given up all its secrets. Here are 6 mysteries experts hope to unravel”
https://www.statnews.com/2022/04/19/six-covid-mysteries-including-how-it-will-evolve/

“4 Michiganders with COVID-19 strain unique to mink were likely 1st U.S. spillover cases”
https://www.freep.com/story/news/health/2022/04/17/michigan-covid-cases-tied-to-mink-human-spillover/7338784001/

“New, highly transmissible forms of omicron may pose latest covid threat”
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/New-highly-transmissible-forms-of-omicron-may-17084050.php

Chemical Found in Leafy Greens Shown to Slow Growth of COVID-19 and Common Cold Viruses
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/newsroom/news-releases/chemical-found-in-leafy-greens-shown-to-slow-growth-of-covid-19-and-common-cold-viruses

Mutations in BA.4, BA.5 sub-variants: Cases detected in South Africa, Denmark, Botswana,
Scotland and UK – Experts closely tracking emerging variants to know their infectiousness, severity
https://gulfnews.com/special-reports/mutations-in-ba4-ba5-sub-variants-cases-detected-in-south-africa-denmark-botswana-scotland-and-uk-1.1649747608841

New Omicron Sub-Variants BA.4 And BA.5 On WHO Radar: All You Need To Know –
The two new sub-variants – BA.4 and BA.5 – were discovered in South Africa. The
WHO has added these strains to its list for monitoring.
https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/2-new-omicron-sub-variants-ba-4-and-ba-5-on-who-radar-all-you-need-to-know-2881093

 

Outbreaks & Restrictions:

Beijing on alert after COVID-19 cases discovered in school – Beijing is on alert after
10 middle school students tested positive for COVID-19, in what city officials say was an initial round of testing
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/beijing-alert-covid-19-cases-discovered-school-84259927

Shanghai’s Low Covid Death Toll Revives Questions About China’s Numbers
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/20/world/asia/covid-shanghai-china-deaths.html

Sanitation workers wearing personal protective equipment sit on an electric tricycle
during the lockdown in Shanghai on Wednesday.
https://media-cldnry.s-nbcnews.com/image/upload/t_fit-1240w,f_auto,q_auto:best/rockcms/2022-04/GettyImages-1391352024-5f459c.jpg

Shanghai reports record virus cases as Xi says no change in ‘zero-Covid’ strategy –
Leader Xi Jinping said China must continue with its strict pandemic measures, promising
those enduring lockdowns that persistence will win out in the end.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/shanghai-covid-lockdown-xi-jinping-rcna24350

Guangzhou closes to most arrivals as China’s outbreak grows
https://apnews.com/article/covid-health-business-guangzhou-beijing-e4c1df45c9906cd6818ddeee4d855b3e

Shanghai lockdown: residents in fear of false-positive Covid-19 tests after couple who tested negative hauled off to quarantine
https://www.scmp.com/news/people-culture/social-welfare/article/3173882/shanghai-lockdown-residents-fear-false-positive

Following first unmasked concert, chorus members share cautionary tale
https://www.wbur.org/news/2022/04/15/tanglewood-festial-chorus-boston-symphony-orchestra-covid?linkId=161068569

Wedding late Jan 2021: “Infectious Disease Doc Pulled Off 400-Person Wedding During Omicron
Surge — Manoj Jain, MD, MPH, details strict event protocols that emphasized health and safety”
https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/exclusives/98288

COVID-19 in Wisconsin: Over 1,000 cases confirmed for 2nd day, rate of positive tests rises
https://www.wbay.com/2022/04/21/covid-19-wisconsin-over-1000-cases-confirmed-2nd-day-rate-positive-tests-rises/

Twin Cities wastewater shows steady COVID-19 increase – Sewage sampling, COVID-19 cases
and hospitalizations are gradually rising, but severity of Minnesota’s next pandemic phase unclear.
https://www.startribune.com/twin-cities-wastewater-shows-steady-covid-19-increase/600167118/

Nearly 100 San Mateo High School students get COVID after prom
https://abc7news.com/coronavirus-covid-outbreak-san-mateo-high-school-prom/11775462/

Marin 8th graders return from field trip to Washington D.C. with COVID-19
https://www.ktvu.com/news/marin-8th-graders-return-from-field-trip-to-washington-d-c-with-covid-19

Boston Symphony Orchestra cancels concert dates in Europe due to COVID-19 –
“We must keep as our first priority the health and safety of everyone involved with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.” https://www.boston.com/news/music/2022/04/12/boston-symphony-orchestra-cancels-europe-tour-covid-19/

Doctors support return of masking restrictions amid signs of new COVID surge –
Six of the nine Bay Area counties are reporting substantial or high levels of COVID-19 community transmission, CDC says
https://abc7news.com/coronavirus-covid-cases-bay-area-new-variant-delta/11738737/

US travel advisory for all of China, Hong Kong
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html

Virus outbreaks are pushing some U.S. universities to reinstate mask mandates.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/11/us/colleges-mask-mandate.html

The U.S. State Department orders nonemergency workers and their families to leave Shanghai.
https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/04/12/world/covid-19-mandates-cases-vaccine/us-shanghai-lockdown

Ontario sees another covid wave
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/canadas-ontario-sixth-covid-wave-hospitalizations-likely-rise-official-2022-04-11/

“COVID Cases Rising in About Half of States”
https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20220408/covid-cases-rising-in-about-half-of-states

NYC mayor tests positive for COVID as cases surge 42% statewide, hospitalizations rise 14%
https://www.lohud.com/story/news/2022/04/11/new-york-covid-cases-rise-nyc-mayor-eric-adams-tests-positive/65349345007/

 

 

All Other Covid News:

Milwaukee schools dropped a mask mandate. It was back days later.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2022/04/21/milwaukee-schools-mask-mandate

First person to have Covid infection for more than a year identified in UK
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/21/first-person-to-have-covid-infection-for-more-than-a-year-identified-in-uk

What experts told me to do after my positive COVID-19 at-home test –
It gets complicated to figure out how to report results and when you’re no longer contagious
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/covid-coronavirus-rapid-test-at-home-positive-cases

Ohio bill encourages use of ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients
https://www.nbc4i.com/news/your-local-election-hq/ohio-bill-encourages-use-of-ivermectin-hydroxychloroquine-for-covid-19-patients/

How to Judge COVID Risks and When to Wear a Mask – Scientific American asks experts in medicine,
risk assessment and other fields how to balance the risks of COVID with the benefits of visiting public indoor spaces
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-make-smart-decisions-about-covid-risk-benefit1/

It Makes Total Sense if You Still Don’t Want to Get COVID – Between people going maskless
on planes and politicians attending fancy dinners, there’s a lot of pressure to just move on.
https://slate.com/technology/2022/04/covid-masks-planes-gridiron-treatments.html

Philly ends mask mandate and nixes response levels, hours after Kenney defended them – Health Commissioner
Cheryl Bettigole said the metrics the city created in mid-February “are no longer what we need right now.”
https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/live/covid-philadelphia-mask-mandate-restrictions-pa-nj-de-cases-20220422.html

CDC: Kindergarten vaccination rates drop across the U.S. – Coverage for three
state-required vaccines for public and private schools fell by about 1 percent to approximately 94 percent, with most states reporting a drop.
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/04/21/cdc-kindergarten-vaccination-rates-drop-00026921

As COVID-19 recedes, Californians have new worries
https://www.mv-voice.com/news/2022/04/21/as-covid-19-recedes-californians-have-new-worries

Hochul: NY Mask Mandate Stays for ‘Short Term,’ COVID Hospitalizations Up 56% in Month –
A federal judge in Florida threw out the CDC’s mask mandate for public transportation and
airlines earlier this week. Here’s what New York’s governor has to say on that front
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/coronavirus/hochul-ny-mask-mandate-stays-for-short-term-covid-hospitalizations-up-56-in-month/3653877/

U.S. FAA to make zero tolerance unruly passenger policy permanent
https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-faa-make-zero-tolerance-unruly-passenger-policy-permanent-2022-04-20

DOJ to appeal mask ruling after CDC request
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/3275003-doj-appeals-mask-ruling-following-cdc-request/

We’re Toying With a Ruinous End to COVID Travel Masking —
CDC’s powers to protect the public during health emergencies hangs in the balance
https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/98309

COVID Reinfection Rate in NY County Hit Hard by Contagious Subvariant Is Nearly 3x Average –
The New York area, as the CDC defines it, has another new dominant COVID subvariant —
and this one could be 60% more contagious than the “most transmissible yet” one that came before it, experts say
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/coronavirus/covid-reinfection-rate-in-ny-county-hit-hard-by-contagious-subvariant-nearly-3x-average/3653903/

Biden appeal of judge’s mask mandate ruling risks backfiring
https://thehill.com/news/administration/3274441-biden-appeal-of-judges-mask-mandate-ruling-risks-backfiring/

Administration officials are divided over whether to fight for travel mask mandate
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/politico-pulse/2022/04/20/administration-officials-are-divided-over-whether-to-fight-for-travel-mask-mandate-00026517

New CDC team: A ‘Weather Service’ to forecast what’s next in pandemic
https://wapo.st/3vsm2A9

White House urges travelers to keep wearing masks after ‘disappointing’ ruling
https://thehill.com/news/administration/3272152-white-house-urges-travelers-to-keep-wearing-masks-after-disappointing-ruling/

CDC removes all countries from highest COVID travel risk category
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/3272146-cdc-removes-all-countries-from-highest-covid-travel-risk-category/

“Covid vaccine concerns are starting to spill over into routine immunizations –
Public health leaders fear preventable and possibly fatal diseases could become more common.”
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/04/18/kids-are-behind-on-routine-immunizations-covid-vaccine-hesitancy-isnt-helping-00025503

Reinfections account for a growing percentage of COVID-19 cases
https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/reinfections-account-for-a-growing-percentage-of-covid-19-cases-2561869/

Leana Wen talks Covid risk tolerance and her response to critics
https://www.statnews.com/2022/04/15/leana-wen-talks-covid-risk-tolerance-and-her-response-to-critics/

Two new omicron variants are spreading in N.Y. and elsewhere. Here’s what we know
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2022/04/14/1092812456/two-new-omicron-variants-are-spreading-in-n-y-and-elsewhere-heres-what-we-know

COVID-19 patient released after 204 days in Des Moines hospital
https://www.kcci.com/article/des-moines-iowa-covid-19-patient-released-after-204-days-in-hospital/39720405#

“Imperfect messengers? An analysis of vaccine confidence among primary care physicians”
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X22003024

What Proportion of Doctors Are Vaccine Hesitant? —
Researchers conducting a new survey said the answer was far higher than expected
https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/exclusives/98196

China’s economy pays a price as lockdowns restrict nearly a third of its population.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/14/business/china-lockdowns-economy.html

New ‘highly contagious’ omicron BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1 subvariants detected in NY –
Health officials announced the discoveries Wednesday, attributing them to rising case levels across the state.
https://www.cityandstateny.com/politics/2022/04/new-highly-contagious-omicron-ba212-and-ba2121-subvariants-detected-ny/365639/

Could COVID Infection After Age 50 Leave You Vulnerable to Shingles?
https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2022-04-11/could-covid-infection-after-age-50-leave-you-vulnerable-to-shingles

Will Easter, Passover and Eid gatherings spur COVID spike in NJ? Here’s what models show
https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/coronavirus/2022/04/13/nj-covid-cases-spring-holidays-spike-easter-passover/7305801001/

Dirty soda bottle tubes sold to US govt for covid lab test kits
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2022/04/12/1091678178/pandemic-inc-j-david-mcswane-covid-fraud

iPhone maker Pegatron halts Shanghai production due to Covid lockdown
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/13/iphone-maker-pegatron-halts-shanghai-production-due-to-covid-lockdown

A Key Detail in Some People’s Childhoods May Lead to Vaccine Resistance, Study Finds
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-key-detail-in-some-people-s-childhoods-may-lead-to-vaccine-resistance-study-finds

As U.S. cases tick up, the new White House Covid czar says it’s not a moment to be ‘excessively concerned.’
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/11/us/politics/covid-cases-white-house-czar.html

Incomplete data likely masks a rise in U.S. Covid cases as focus on infection counts fades –
Experts agree that daily U.S. Covid cases are dramatically undercounted. Some have begun
to question the stat’s importance in this phase of the pandemic.
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/incomplete-data-likely-masks-rise-us-covid-cases-rcna23652

Economies face ‘long COVID’ threat as data shows rates surging – Patients call for more research
and support as an estimated 1.7 million people in the UK are found to have long COVID.
https://www.politico.eu/article/economy-long-covid-threat-data-surge/

“Are large indoor events safe? It’s impossible to know, making “personal choice” a false one. –
The math on events like the D.C. Gridiron dinner is variable and complicated, especially without testing or masks.”
https://insidemedicine.bulletin.com/are-large-indoor-events-safe-it-s-impossible-to-know-making-personal-choice-a-false-one/

 

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