Pfizer, Moderna and the J&J vaccines have EUAs from the FDA. Health Canada has authorized Pfizer, Moderna, J&J and AstraZeneca. December 31, 2019 – China alerted WHO to several cases of unusual pneumonia in Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people in the central Hubei province. January 7 – Officials announced they had identified a new virus, according to the WHO. The novel virus was named 2019-nCoV and was identified as belonging to the coronavirus family, which includes SARS and the common cold. February 13 – The death toll in mainland China hit 1,300, with nearly 60,000 infections recorded.
If you don’t have a regular doctor, call your local board of health. If you’re infected, symptoms can show up in as few as 2 days or as many as 14. It is also normal for a virus to change, or mutate, as it infects people and this virus has done so.
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Absurdly, it’s often hard to get people out of the hospital, Sara Wolfson, a geriatrician at Nebraska Medicine, told me. Many elderly patients still need care after they’ve stabilized, but it’s hard to discharge them, because long-term care facilities and home-health agencies are also incredibly short-staffed and unable to accommodate new patients. Some people in Wolfson’s care have ended up staying in the hospital for 40 to 45 days longer than they needed to. These logjams take up beds that are needed for elective surgeries, which hurts a hospital’s bottom line. And such deficits will become more consequential as emergency COVID funding dries up.
Further, higher-than-expected efficacy may help offset coverage challenges that surveys have suggested. Those two factors could advance the timeline, and make Q3 a little more likely than Q4. A secondary effect of the recent vaccine trials is to make Q more likely for herd immunity than Q4. While the potential for a transition toward normalcy in just a few months is encouraging, many signs suggest that the next six to eight weeks will be difficult. Case and death numbers are at or near all-time highs in many locations, new variants may accelerate short-term transmission, and vaccine rollout has not yet proceeded far enough to protect much of the population. Strong public-health measures will remain critical to saving lives during this period.
Ways To Get Tested
Keep activities small and outdoors if people who are unvaccinated will participate. The virus spreads easily indoors, so businesses and organizations can reduce the virus in the air by having good air flow indoors and using air filters. Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive. The steps you should take if you think you are sick with COVID‑19 depend on whether you have a higher risk of developing severe illness. DSHS also recommends staying six feet apart from others indoors in public if you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines or if you are at higher risk of getting very sick with COVID-19.
Who is Paxlovid recommended for?
The FDA authorized Paxlovid for people ages 12 and older who weigh at least 88 pounds. But in order to qualify for a prescription, you must also have had a positive COVID-19 test result and be at high risk for developing severe COVID-19.
Kim has called the outbreak a “great upheaval,” berated officials for letting the virus spread and restricted the movement of people and supplies between cities and regions. North Korea’s anti-virus headquarters reported a single additional death, raising its toll to 63, which experts have said is abnormally small compared to the suspected number of coronavirus infections. We meet regularly and discuss our newest data, plans for testing new variants and pathogens, and how to use the data for pandemic response. We also work closely with Russell Furr’s group at Environmental Health & Safety and communicate with them weekly. At Stanford, the Provost’s office provided seed funding in late 2020 for a pilot project using wastewater to gain insights about COVID-19 on campus. That project involved School of Medicine collaborators Ami Bhatt, Ben Pinsky, and Bonnie Maldonado, as well as Julia Nussbaum of the Stanford Water Planning & Stewardship team.
Tell your child that your family is following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , which include social distancing. Social distancing means staying away from others until the risk of contracting COVID-19 is under control. Showing older children the “flatten the curve” charts will help them grasp the significance of social distancing. Explain that while we don’t know how long it will take to “flatten the curve” to reduce the number of those infected, we do know that this is a critical time—we must follow the guidelines of health experts to do our part. Families across the country are adapting to the evolving changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most schools, places of public gathering, and nonessential businesses are closed, and parents and other caregivers are faced with helping their families adjust to the new normal.
But if these results hold up, the spread of strains against which existing vaccines are substantially less effective would be a significant risk to lives and could delay the end of the pandemic. What’s more difficult to estimate is when a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 will emerge. It could be a day after we publish this update, or six months , or years from now. The extraordinary progression we’ve already seen—in just over two years four strains in succession have become globally dominant—makes it dangerous to plan on a “no new variant” scenario.