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Coronavirus 411 podcast provides daily updates, news, alerts, and information regarding the Coronavirus COVID 19. Coronavirus 411 podcast collects Information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the World Health Organization (WHO) and other news sources. This information is meant to help people stay informed and updated about Coronavirus.

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    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 10-15-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 5:25

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for October 15th, 2021. A major study shows infections among school-aged children in England are “high and rising.” That probably ups the intensity of the debate over kids and vaccines. The reproduction rate of those aged 17 and younger was 1.18, meaning on average every 10 infected young people are passing it on to about 12 others. From the gee I wish we'd known this earlier department, two new international studies show the immune protection from two doses of Pfizer drops off after a mere two months. One study found the drop especially true for men, people 65 and older, and those with immunosuppression. The study also found immunity lasts longer from a vaccination if you've already had a natural case of COVID-19. Penn State College of Medicine researchers found more than half of the 236 million people diagnosed with COVID-19 worldwide since December 2019 will experience post-COVID symptoms for up to six months after recovering. These include tiredness, difficulty breathing, chest pain, sore joints and loss of taste or smell. The research team said healthcare officials should get ready for all those survivors who'll need care for psychological and physical conditions. How do airline passengers feel about vaccine mandates to fly? Well, it's America, so the answer is, it's split. That's according to the travel website Skift's poll. 45% definitely want a mandate, 23% don't care either way, and 33% are against it. The older the person, the more likely they are to be in favor of requiring vaccinations to fly. With all the stories of overworked nurses with PTSD and of nurses who are getting fired or quitting because of vaccine mandates, you'd think it wouldn't be a very alluring occupation right now. But applications to nursing schools are actually rising. Up 5.6% in 2020 according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and number are also trending up in 2021. The reasons; unprecedented career opportunities, the challenge, and many people have been inspired by healthcare workers over the past couple of years. In the United States cases were down 22%, deaths are down 5%, and hospitalizations are down 21% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,702,828 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in hospitalizations per capita: Michigan 26%, Minnesota 21%. North Dakota 16%, Montana 13%, and Pennsylvania 11%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Bethel Census Area, AK. Stark, ND. Goshen, WY. Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK. Lewis, KY. Lake, MT. Nome Census Area, AK. Rio Grande, CO. Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK. And Whitley, KY. There have been at least 720,482 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont unchanged at 70.3%, Connecticut unchanged at 69.6%, and Rhode Island at 69.5%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia still unchanged at 40.7%, Idaho unchanged at 42.5%, and Wyoming at 42.7%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is unchanged at 56.5%. The five countries with the biggest 24-hour increases in the number of fully vaccinated people: Cambodia, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, and Oceana all up 2%. Globally, cases were down 14% and deaths were down 15% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 26. There are 17,809,484 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 99,775. The U.K. 42,606. Turkey 31,248. Russia 28,717. And India... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 10-14-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 5:09

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for October 14th, 2021. After a 19-month freeze, the United States will open its land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travel. Fully vaccinated foreign nationals can enter the U.S. for whatever reason starting early November. Travelers will be asked about their vaccination status as part of the standard Customs and Border Protection admissions process, and no testing will be required to enter by land or sea. Despite full steam ahead by the U.S. administration and other countries, the Director General of the World Health Organization called booster shots while initial inoculations lag in some countries is "immoral, unfair, and unjust.” He went on to say, "To start boosters is really the worst we can do as a global community." A federal judge ruled the state of New York can't impose a vaccine mandate on healthcare workers and not allow their employers to consider religious exemption requests. The judge said the vaccination requirement conflicted with the workers' federally protected right to seek religious accommodations from their employers. The Governor vowed to fight the decision. At least 24 states have imposed vaccine requirements on workers, usually in healthcare. Boeing told employees they have to be vaccinated and if they don't, they might get fired. Deadline is December 8 and the company said compliance is a condition of employment. This affects about 125,000 U.S.-based employees. The International Association of Machinists union said it's their responsibility to defend and advocate for members, but the fact is the membership is polarized on the issue. So can you get a booster from a different vaccine than your original doses? A new NIH study found yes, it's safe and effective. However, Moderna and Pfizer were found to spark a stronger immune system response than Johnson & Johnson. The study found those that got J&J got stronger antibody levels after getting a Moderna or Pfizer booster, compared to another J&J shot. In the United States cases were down 21%, deaths are down 4%, and hospitalizations are down 20% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,695,293 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in hospitalizations per capita: Michigan 23%, Minnesota 18%. North Dakota and Pennsylvania 12%. And Montana 10%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Karnes, TX. Bethel Census Area, AK. Lewis, KY. Stark, ND. Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK. Knox, IN. Goshen, WY. Rio Grande, CO. Clay, TX. And Nome Census Area, AK. There have been at least 717,812 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 70.3%, Connecticut at 69.6%, and Rhode Island at 69.4%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia still unchanged at 40.7%, Idaho at 42.5%, and Wyoming at 42.6%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 56.5%. The five countries with biggest 24-hour increases in the number of fully vaccinated people: Taiwan up 5%. And South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, and Oceana 2%. Globally, cases were down 13% and deaths were down 14% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 26. There are 17,774,995 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 84,154. The U.K. 38,076. Turkey 33,860. Russia 28,190. And Romania 16,743. There have been at least 4,870,663 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 10-13-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 5:26

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for October 13th, 2021. The British government didn't get a very good report card from Parliament on how it handled COVID. A critical report said the country waited too long to impose a lockdown in the early days, and that missed a chance to contain the disease and led to thousands of unnecessary deaths. The delay attributed to a dangerous level of “groupthink” that caused dismissal of more aggressive strategies. The committees did praise the government's early focus on vaccines and vaccine development. A French study of 22.6 million people over 50 found vaccination reduces the risk of dying or being hospitalized by 90%. It also found vaccines appear to protect against the worst effects of Delta. The study's authors said, “This means those vaccinated are nine times less at risk of being hospitalized or dying from Covid than those unvaccinated.” Explosive accusations against Prevent Senior, which operates 10 hospitals in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Whistleblowing doctors testified the hospitals enlisted participants to test unproven drugs without proper consent and forced doctors to prescribe unproven drugs touted by Brazil's President. Some senators say it also looks like the system falsified death certificates to omit COVID as cause of death. The FDA declined to take a stand on whether it should back booster shots of Moderna's vaccine, mostly because data shows two doses are still enough to protect against severe disease and death in the U.S. They also didn't take a stand on Pfizer's booster shots last month and rejected Pfizer's original plan to distribute boosters to everyone 16 and older. A national poll by NPR find the pandemic put Americans increasingly behind the economic 8-ball. More are experiencing serious financial problems, rent's overdue, evictions are looming, two-thirds of parents say their kids fell behind in school, and one in five households say someone in the home couldn't get medical care for a serious condition. All this while billions of dollars in government relief money have gone out. 19% of U.S. households report losing all their savings during the pandemic and have no savings to fall back on. Add to that, half of households report at least one person in the home has had serious problems with depression, anxiety, stress or sleep in recent months. In the United States cases were down 24%, deaths are down 10%, and hospitalizations are down 20% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,757,409 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in hospitalizations per capita: Michigan 21%, Minnesota 17%. Pennsylvania 13%. North Dakota 12%. And Montana 9%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Bethel Census Area, AK. Knox, IN. Lewis, KY. Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK. Stark, ND. McCreary, KY. Kodiak Island Borough, AK. Rio Grande, CO. Clay, TX. And Martin, MN. There have been at least 715,413 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated were all unchanged: Vermont at 70.2%, Connecticut at 69.4%, and Rhode Island at 69.3%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states, also unchanged, are West Virginia at 40.7%, and Wyoming and Idaho at 42.4%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 56.4%. The five countries with biggest 24-hour increases in the number of fully vaccinated people: Oceana up 3%. Cambodia, Australia, and Kosovo 2%. And Ukraine 1%. Globally, cases were down 12% and deaths were down 14% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 26. There are... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 10-12-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 4:59

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for October 12th, 2021. Merck asked U.S. regulators yesterday to authorize the pill it has for treating COVID. If they hear what they want to hear from the FDA, and that could happen in a few weeks, that'd be the first pill shown to treat the illness. There are other drugs, but they require an IV or injection. Merck said earlier this month the pill cut hospitalizations and deaths by half among patients with early symptoms. Meanwhile AstraZeneca's antibody cocktail against COVID, already shown to work as a preventative shot in the non-infected, was also shown to save lives and prevent severe disease when used as treatment within a week of first symptoms. Two new studies indicate pregnant women who develop Covid symptoms risk emergency complications and additional problems, and the disease puts their babies at risk. Of the 100 Covid-positive moms who delivered babies between March and September of 2020 at one Texas hospital, 58% of those with symptomatic infections delivered in emergency circumstances. For those with an asymptomatic case, 46% did. It's a sure way to fight Covid…sue people. A parent in southern Wisconsin has sued their school district after her son got Covid-19 from a classmate. She's upset the board removed a student mask requirement and other Covid-19 mitigation measures in May. Her son, who was wearing a mask, sat next to a kid who had symptoms and was infected regardless. The suit calls for the district to comply with CDC guidelines. Do you habitually smoke weed? Never mind, you don't have to tell me. But you should know a study from an arm of the National Institutes of Health says the risk of getting a coronavirus breakthrough infection in the U.S. may be 7.8% higher among those who habitually smoke weed. The risk is also there, but a little lower, for those with tobacco use disorder. In the United States cases were down 19%, deaths are down 2%, and hospitalizations are down 21% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,793,733 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in hospitalizations per capita: Michigan 21%, Minnesota 16%. Pennsylvania 15%. North Dakota 14%. And Montana 10%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Bethel Census Area, AK. Stark, ND. Lewis, KY. Kodiak Island Borough, AK. Whitley, KY. Knox, IN. Clay, TX. Custer, MT. McCreary, MT. And Big Horn, WY. There have been at least 713,770 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 70.2%, Connecticut at 69.4%, and Rhode Island at 69.3%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia at 40.7%, and Wyoming and Idaho at 42.4%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 56.4%. The five countries with biggest 24-hour increases in the number of fully vaccinated people: Oceana, Cambodia up 2%, and Saudi Arabia and India 1%. Globally, cases were down 12% and deaths were down 12% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 26. There are 17,913,065 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The U.K. 34,320. The United States 29,520. Russia 28,647. Turkey 28,370. And India 19,018. There have been at least 4,855,635 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 10-11-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 5:18

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for October 11th, 2021. You might want to send Italy a congratulations. That country announced it's reached its goal of 80% of the population over 12 being fully vaccinated. That amounts to 43 million people out of 60 million. However, a lot of people hit the streets not to celebrate, but to protest vaccine passports. Many of these gatherings turned into violent riots. A comprehensive CBS News poll shows that most Americans are still worried about the pandemic with winter on the way, and a bit pessimistic in saying things are going to get worse in the coming months, not better. As for parents of young children, it's split down the middle in terms of will they get their children vaccinated. Masking for kids in school does seem to have majority support. About half feel the information they hear from America's health leaders has been confusing. The deadline is right around the corner and at the moment, hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members are still unvaccinated. Most of those deadlines are in November and December. Different branches are delivering different levels of compliance. For instance 90% of the active-duty Navy is fully immunized while only 72% of active-duty Marines are. The news is usually bad enough without getting it completely wrong. The New York Times issued a correction after their health and science reporter said 900,000 children have been hospitalized in the US with Covid-19. Not even a little bit close. The actual figure is a 63,000. The piece also got actions taken by regulators in Sweden and Denmark wrong. Wait, we're not done. She also got the timing of an FDA meeting on authorizing the Pfizer vaccine for kids wrong. Typically cautious and often a full-on buzzkill about holidays, Dr. Anthony Fauci says don't worry about trick or treating outdoors this Halloween. While he says we shouldn't declare premature victory and he still wants more people vaccinated who are eligible, Fauci did note that cases are dropping. Right now, there are about 95,000 new cases a day. Fauci said when it drops to less than 10,000 a day, we can start dropping restrictions like masking indoors...which will make it much easier to bob for apples. In the United States cases were down 20%, deaths are down 14%, and hospitalizations are down 21% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,820,727 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in hospitalizations per capita: Michigan 20%, North Dakota 18%, Pennsylvania 15%. Minnesota 13%. And Montana 8%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Bethel Census Area, AK. Stark, ND. Lewis, KY. Kodiak Island Borough, AK. Whitley, KY. Knox, IN. Clay, TX. Custer, MT. McCreary, MT. And Big Horn, WY. There have been at least 712,993 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont unchanged at 69.8%, Connecticut unchanged at 69.2%, and Rhode Island unchanged at 69%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia unchanged at 40.6%, and Wyoming and Idaho at 42.2%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 56.2%. The five countries with biggest 24-hour increases in the number of fully vaccinated people: St. Lucia and Kosovo up 2%. And Australia, Sri Lanka, and Finland 1%. Globally, cases were down 14% and deaths were down 16% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since October 5. The number of active cases around the world has now dropped below 18 million, at 17,987,905. The five countries with the... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 10-08-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 4:51

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for October 8th, 2021. With the number of those killed by COVID having surpassed 700,000, among that number is a bonus tragedy. A study shows the number of children in the U.S. who were made orphans or partial orphans by the pandemic is larger than first believed. More than 120,000 lost a primary guardian or caregiver. Black and Hispanic children have experienced this the most. Finland joined Sweden and Denmark in halting the use of Moderna's vaccine as a precautionary measure for men born in 1991 and later. This because of concerns about reports of possible rare cardiovascular side effects like myocarditis and pericarditis. Finland will give those young citizens the Pfizer vaccine instead. Is the pandemic leading to diplomacy? The World Health Organization has shipped COVID-19 medical supplies into North Korea. It's the kind of help that isolated nation rarely accepts. Those supplies are still sitting in quarantine at a seaport, but still. North Korea had severely restricted cross-border traffic and trade for the past two years despite an already crippled economy. We told you yesterday about how police officers are among the most reluctant profession to get vaccinated. Well New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn't care. He's considering expanding his mandates on teachers and school employees to police officers, firefighters, and correction officers. The Mayor called them the “other pieces of the puzzle.” It's widely considered unethical to refuse to treat someone because they smoke. But a Colorado woman is being denied a kidney transplant unless she gets vaccinated. The 56-year-old may not last long without the surgery and is quite confused that her hospital is so insistent on protecting her from COVID, that they're willing to watch her die from her kidney condition. In the United States cases were down 23%, deaths are down 13%, and hospitalizations are down 20% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,811,930 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in hospitalizations per capita: North Dakota 25%, Pennsylvania and Michigan 14%, Wyoming 11%, and Montana 9%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Kodiak Island Borough, AK. McCreary, KY. Bethel Census Area, AK. Custer, MT. Green, KY. Whitley, KY. Clay, TX. Stark, ND. Morton, ND. And Wadena, MN. There have been at least 710,173 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont unchanged at 69.8%, Connecticut at 69.2%, and Rhode Island at 69%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia at 40.6%, and Wyoming and Idaho at 42.1%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is unchanged at 56.1%. The five countries with the biggest 24-hour increases in the number of fully vaccinated people: Taiwan up 5%. And New Zealand, South Korea, Australia, and Thailand 2%. Globally, cases were down 11% and deaths were down 9% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since October 5. There are 18,062,833 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 102,090. The U.K. 40,701. Turkey 30,019. Russia 27,550. And Germany 22,403. There have been at least 4,833,592 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 10-07-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 5:11

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for October 7th, 2021. As expected, Los Angeles leaders voted 11-2 to enact one of the nation's strictest vaccine mandates. Vaccination is required for everyone entering bars, restaurants, nail salons, gyms, and indoor sporting events. Everyone needs to be in compliance by November 4. About 69% of the county's 10 million residents are fully vaccinated. Sweden and Denmark, as a precautionary measure, stopped the use of Moderna's vaccine for people born in 1991 and later after reports of possible rare cardiovascular side effects. These include myocarditis and pericarditis, which involve inflammation of the heart or its lining. For those who ask why we can't rely on testing alone instead of vaccines, here's one reason. Australian test kit maker Ellume recalled some at-home tests after learning they were reporting a higher-than-expected number of false positives. The tests went out to U.S. retailers and other distributors from April through August. About 427,000 tests are involved in the recall. Being a police officer is dangerous. But now, not for the reasons you might think. COVID-19 is now killing more law enforcement officers than any other threat they face in the line of duty. The Fraternal Order of Police reports 716 officers have died since March 2020. And vaccine reluctance remains high among them. For instance, in Philadelphia, only 13% of police department employees have provided proof of vaccination. Following the science is fine, but does science really say the bodies of famous celebrities contain more natural immunity to COVID-19 than the rest of us? Many performers and athletes are exempt from New York City's vaccination mandates, and some local politicians are calling it a “double standard” that's both “astounding” and “infuriating.” The loophole is entertainers can work unvaccinated in the city as long as they aren't residents of the city. In the United States cases were down 24%, deaths are down 12%, and hospitalizations are down 20% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,800,155 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in hospitalizations per capita: North Dakota 26%, Pennsylvania 16%, Michigan 14%, and Montana and Wyoming 11%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: McCreary, KY. Kodiak Island Borough, AK. Bethel Census Area, AK. Custer, MT. Green, KY. Morton, ND. Whitley, KY. Wadena, MN. Big Horn, WY. And Stark, ND. There have been at least 707,775 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 69.8%, Connecticut unchanged at 69.1%, and Rhode Island at 68.8%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia again unchanged at 40.5%, and Wyoming and Idaho at 42%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is unchanged at 56%. The 5 countries with the most recent 24-hour increases in the number of fully vaccinated people: Taiwan up 4%. South Korea 3%. And New Zealand, Australia, and Oceana 2%. Globally, cases were down 16% and deaths were down 13% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,025,977 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 106,455. The U.K. 39,851. Turkey 30,438. Russia 25,133. And India 22,617. There have been at least 4,827,568 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, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 10-06-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 5:00


    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for October 6th, 2021. Amid the nationwide shortage in qualified, experienced healthcare workers, we're losing them by the thousands due to vaccine mandates. Northwell Health, the largest health care provider in New York state, fired 1,400 of them for non-compliance. In Detroit, around 400 workers left the job at Henry Ford Health System. We'll see if the same thing happens with teachers. The vaccine mandate for teachers and staff took effect Monday in New York City's million-plus-student public school system. Unvaccinated employees will be placed on unpaid leave and substitutes brought in to take their place. And there is no test-out option. A similar mandate goes into effect in L.A. October 15. There's a problem with COVID-19 tests. Demand has made the price skyrocket and made availability an issue. Much of that demand is coming from employers who've been made responsible for making sure their workers are COVID-free. Test makers are scaling up production, but it will take time to catch up. Just how much worse was Delta than the original version of the coronavirus? A new study out of Canada has put a number on it. Saying Delta causes more serious disease and is associated with increased risk of death, researchers found a 108% increased risk for hospitalization, 235% increased risk for ICU admission, and 133% increased risk for death compared to the original. It's hard to imagine anyone making Mike Tyson do anything. But the world-famous boxer said that while he has been vaccinated, it's not because he wanted to. He told USA TODAY, “I didn't do it willingly. I was pretty much beaten into submission to do this because I travel internationally. And if I don't travel, we don't eat.” In the United States cases were down 24%, deaths are down 12%, and hospitalizations are down 20% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are currently 9,774,391 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in hospitalizations per capita: North Dakota 27%, Pennsylvania 16%, Michigan and Wyoming 13%, and Montana 11%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: McCreary, KY. Kodiak Island Borough, AK. Bethel Census Area, AK. Custer, MT. Green, KY. Morton, ND. Whitley, KY. Wadena, MN. Big Horn, WY. And Stark, ND. There have been at least 705,116 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 69.7%, Connecticut at 69.1%, and Maine unchanged at 68.7%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia unchanged at 40.5%, Wyoming unchanged at 41.7%, and Idaho at 42%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 56%. There were only 4 countries with recent 24-hour increases in the number of fully vaccinated people: Taiwan up 7%. Oceana 2%. And El Salvador and India 1%. Globally, cases were down 20% and deaths were down 17% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are currently 18,040,210 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 94,811. The U.K. 33,869. Turkey 29,802. Russia 25,110. And Brazil 20,528. There have been at least 4,816,009 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 10-05-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 5:03

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for October 5th, 2021. They had a dream, they gave it a shot, but it didn't work out. New Zealand has admitted it will not be able to completely get rid of the coronavirus. They've had a zero-tolerance approach from the beginning with strict lockdowns and aggressive contact tracing. In a country of 5 million, only 27 virus deaths have been reported. But a delta outbreak has made the government realize they're going to have to ease lockdown restrictions, even though COVID is still around. The EU's drug regulator gave its backing to giving booster shots of Pfizer to everyone 18 and older, saying doses “may be considered at least 6 months after the second dose.” They also support a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna for those with severely weakened immune systems at least 28 days after their second shot. Johnson & Johnson is reportedly going to ask the FDA this week to authorize a booster of its vaccine. A meeting of the agency's expert advisory committee will happen on the 15th to discuss the matter. Over 15 million Americans have gotten the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The company says a second shot about two months after the first increased effectiveness to 94%. In another head spinning reversal, the CDC quickly removed the guidance for holiday safety that they put out a couple of days prior, saying it was old information posted in error. That explains a lot as the guidance was as severe and restrictive as for the holidays of 2020. The organization said it will be sharing updated guidance soon. Is the pandemic pushing the world into the automation revolution? Last year's grape harvest in Italy was so bad for Mirko Cappelli's Tuscan vineyard because he couldn't get workers that this year, he spent $98,000 on a grape-picking robot. And he's not alone. Vintners have been slow to adopt automation because of worry it might damage the grapes. Some European regions even ban machine harvesting. But the tide seems to be shifting out of necessity, despite a few sour grapes. In the United States cases were down 24%, deaths are down 12%, and hospitalizations are down 20% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,802,566 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in hospitalizations per capita: North Dakota 26%, Pennsylvania 17%, and Michigan, Montana, and Wyoming 13%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Kodiak Island Borough, AK. DeWitt, TX. Bethel Census Area, AK. Custer, MT. McCreary, KY. Green, KY. Morton, ND. Big Horn, WY. Stark, ND. And Wadena, MN. There have been at least 703,278 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 69.6%, Connecticut at 69%, and Maine at 68.7%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia at 40.5%, Wyoming at 41.7%, and Idaho at 41.9%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 55.9%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: There were only three with increases. Panama, South America, and Oceana all up 2%. Globally, cases were down 19% and deaths were down 15% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,115,500 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 72,947. The U.K. 35,077. Turkey 28,810. Russia 25,781. And India 16,762. There have been at least 4,808,399 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 10-04-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 5:25

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for October 4th, 2021. More pressure on vaccinated citizens in Israel to go ahead and get their booster shot. Only those who do will be eligible for the "green pass" needed to get into restaurants, gyms, and other venues. They started giving boosters to everyone 12 and up at the end of August. For some unexplained reason, places like museums and libraries are exempt from the green pass requirement. Still a rough go of it in Russia. That country yesterday reported a record daily death toll from COVID for the fifth time in a week. 890 more deaths and the number of new infections in the past day was the second highest of the year. Overall, Russia has Europe's highest death toll, nearly 210,000 people. Happy holidays from your friends at the CDC. They issued new guidelines for how you should decrease the risk of infection or transmission during the upcoming holiday season. They suggest outdoor or virtual celebrations only, staying 6 feet away from each other, wearing a mask at all times if unvaccinated, putting fans in open windows to keep air circulating, and no traveling unless fully vaccinated and masked on public transportation. Kinda makes you feel all warm inside. Another story about just how determined anti-vaxxers are to avoid vaccines at all costs. A woman recounted on Twitter how her 52-year-old unvaccinated husband wound up in ICU with a ventilator and ECMO from severe COVID. He needed a blood transfusion, but she wouldn't allow it for fear he'd get vaccinated blood. Well, he died, but she says it wasn't because he was unvaccinated. It's hard to believe since many of us are surrounded by them every day, but COVID has created a clown shortage. It's particularly bad in Northern Ireland because many circus clowns went back to their home countries after the initial lockdown. Others found work in countries with more relaxed restrictions. Big recruiting drives for new clowns are underway but applicants have big shoes to fill. I said they have big shoes to fill. In the United States cases were down 27%, deaths are down 6%, and hospitalizations are down 17% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,860,357 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in hospitalizations per capita: North Dakota 21%, Pennsylvania 19%, Montana 17%, Maine 16%,and West Virginia 13%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Kodiak Island Borough, AK. Green, KY. McCreary, KY. Waynesboro, VA. Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK. Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK. Bethel Census Area, AK. Custer, MT. Lewis, WV. And Harlan, KY. The number of deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related has crossed over 700,000, at at least 701,169. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 69.5%, Connecticut at 68.7%, and Maine unchanged at 68.5%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia still unchanged at 40.4%, and Wyoming and Idaho at 41.6%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 55.6%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: South Korea up 2%. And Finland, Argentina, Australia, and Azerbaijan 1%. Globally, cases were down 18% and deaths were down 11% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,321,109 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The U.K. 30,439. Turkey 27,351. The United States 26,933. Russia 25,769. And India 21,684. The number of deaths reported as... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 10-01-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 5:20

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for October 1st, 2021. Time to get your vaccine. We're not talking about your COVID vaccine although you're supposed to get that too. It's also flu shot time. And yes, health experts are very worried that there's plenty of vaccine fatigue out there which could result in an atypical drop in the number of people getting their flu shots. It also could be a hard sell because flu cases are at historically low levels, at least partly because of the pandemic. You might think the vast majority of Americans are of one mind and in favor of vaccine mandates, but an AP poll shows that's not the case. In fact, as we so often are these days, the country is split almost 50/50 on the issue. 51% approve, 34% disapprove and 14% haven't formed an opinion yet. Even 23% of people who have been vaccinated are against mandates. As for how mandates by employers are working, United Airlines say of the employees facing firing for not accepting the vaccine shots, almost half eventually submitted. That leaves only about 320 employees to fire. Delta's trying another tactic, charging unvaccinated workers an extra $200 a month on their health plans. We thought we'd go ahead and answer this question before you ask it. Are you considered fully vaccinated so you can work and travel and go shopping if you do not get a booster shot? The CDC says yes, you're fully vaccinated two weeks after getting a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson. Boosters are recommended for people 65 and over, long-term care residents, and those 50 to 64 with health problems like diabetes or heart disease if they got their last Pfizer shot at least six months ago. People who got Moderna and J&J aren't even eligible for boosters yet. In the Broadway show, Aladdin sings about a whole new world and that's obviously what we're living in. Because that show was cancelled Wednesday when several of the company's members tested positive. They had just reopened the show the day before. In the United States cases were down 26%, deaths are up 2%, and hospitalizations are down 17% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,875,879 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in hospitalizations per capita: Maine 21%, Vermont 20%, and Montana, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia 18%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Kodiak Island Borough, AK. Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK. Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK. Green, KY. Cleburne, AL. Lewis, WV. Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK. Letcher, KY. Whitley, KY. And Waynesboro, VA. There have been at least 697,832 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont unchanged at 69.4%, Connecticut unchanged at 68.6%, and Maine at 68.5%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia still unchanged at 40.4%, and Wyoming and Idaho at 41.5%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 55.5%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Taiwan up 4%. Ethiopia 3%. And South Korea, Australia, and Indonesia 2%. Globally, cases were down 17% and deaths were down 13% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,404,118 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 113,922. The U.K. 36,480. Turkey 29,104. Brazil 27,527. And India 27,300. There have now been at least 4,781,886 deaths reported as Covid-related... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 9-30-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 5:22

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for September 30th, 2021. YouTube had already censored videos containing what they deemed was vaccine misinformation. Now it's gone an extra step and is censoring any video expressing any opinion about vaccines that suggest there are any possible health consequences to getting vaccinated. The 1996 Communications Decency Act that protects YouTube from liability claims is based on the notion the platform is merely a host and has no editorial role in what does and doesn't go on the platform. Fans of mandates will be happy to hear AT&T will mandate vaccines for its employees in the Communications Workers of America union. They've got until February 1 to be fully vaccinated. CWA represents about 90,000 AT&T workers, and the company has about 230,000 employees. Not only does the CDC say the vaccines do not negatively affect pregnancies or fertility, it issued its strongest guidance yet yesterday urging pregnant women to be vaccinated. More than a quarter million cases in pregnant women have been reported, 22,000 of whom were hospitalized. 161 pregnant women have died of Covid, with 22 deaths in August alone. Yet less than a third of pregnant women have been vaccinated. A new AP poll shows being vaccinated isn't giving older Americans much comfort. In fact, they're far more worried about COVID than their unvaccinated counterparts and despite being vaccinated are more likely to self-isolate. They're also less likely to rate their quality of life, mental and emotional health, and social activities and relationships as excellent or very good. If you want total control of the population and a zero tolerance COVID policy, China's showing us what that looks like. A woman was infected, so she went into isolation, leaving food and water for her three pet cats. An official came in and tested the cats, they tested positive, so they killed them all. The CDC says the risk of animals spreading the virus is low, plus the cats were confined to the apartment. In the United States cases were down 26%, deaths are up 7%, and hospitalizations are down 16% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,850,841 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in hospitalizations per capita: Vermont up 28%, Maine 21%, Montana 20%, Pennsylvania 19%, and West Virginia and North Dakota 18%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Kodiak Island Borough, AK. Cleburne, AL. Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK. Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK. Green, KY. Whitley, KY. Letcher, KY. Lewis, WV. Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK. And Knox, KY. There have been at least 695,041 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 69.4%, Connecticut at 68.6%, and Maine at 68.4%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia unchanged at 40.4%, Wyoming at 41.4%, and Idaho at 41.5%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 55.8%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: The Philippines up 16%. Jamaica 4%. Taiwan 3%. And Oceana and New Zealand 2%. Globally, cases were down 17% and deaths were down 11% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,392,504 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 123,276. The U.K. 36,722. Turkey 29,386. India 23,139. And Russia 22,430. There have now been at least 4,772,958 deaths reported as Covid-related... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 9-29-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 4:57

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for September 29th, 2021. Pfizer has given the FDA research on the effectiveness of its vaccine in kids 5-11, but those shots may not come until November. First, Pfizer has to file its application, then U.S. regulators and public health officials review and consult with advisory committees. And all that takes time. Russia reported its highest Covid death toll in a single day yesterday with 852 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours. The Kremlin acknowledged some regions had seen an increase in cases. Less than 50 million Russians having received a first dose of a vaccine even though the country was first in the world to approve one. We should be cherishing healthcare workers but instead they're being attacked. So much so that they'll be issued panic buttons. This has happened in a Branson, Missouri hospital where assaults on workers tripled since the pandemic hit. Pushing the button immediately alerts security. Similar increases in hospital assaults have been reported around the country. An updated study on what the main reason was people who were previously reluctant to get vaccinated wound up changing their mind from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The top reasons, in order, were, someone they knew personally got sick or died, vaccines were required to participate in a desired activity, concerns about overwhelmed hospitals, the surge of cases due to Delta, and it was required as a condition of employment. He's one of the biggest, most well-known celebrities on the planet. So NBA superstar LeBron James might be able to inspire people to get vaccinated. But he won't. After months of initial reluctance, he confirmed yesterday he did get the vaccine. But he's not going to tell anyone else to do so, saying, "I don't feel I should get involved in what other people should do for their bodies and livelihoods.” In the United States cases were down 33%, deaths are up 12%, and hospitalizations are down 16% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,822,645 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest number of daily deaths per capita are Alabama, Alaska, Florida, South Carolina, and Oklahoma. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK. Cleburne, AL. Kodiak Island Borough, AK. Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK. Lewis, WV. Whitley, KY. Green, KY. Custer, MT. Letcher, KY. And Magoffin, KY. There have been at least 692,511 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated were all unchanged: Vermont at 69.3%, Connecticut at 68.5%, and Maine at 68.2%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia at 40.4%, Wyoming unchanged at 41.2%, and Idaho unchanged at 41.4%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 55.4%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: South Korea and Taiwan up 3%. And Oceana, Nepal, and India 2%. Globally, cases were down 20% and deaths were down 10% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,415,997 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 105,633. The U.K. 34,526. Turkey 28,892. India 21,901. And Russia 21,559. There have now been at least 4,763,415 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, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 9-28-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 4:57

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for September 28th, 2021. The U.S. President sought to lead by example as he received his booster shot on camera just one workday after the CDC and FDA recommended a third dose of Pfizer. You're qualified to get one if you have pre-existing medical conditions, high-risk work environments, or are 65 and older. Let's just say the President qualified. Pfizer started a large study testing its oral antiviral drug to prevent COVID-19 infection among those who've been exposed. They're in a battle with Merck and Roche to get there first. The drug is designed to block a key enzyme needed for the virus to multiply and will be combined with a low dose of an older medication widely used as part of treatment for HIV. A Massachusetts police union announced that not a couple, not a few, but dozens of state troopers have quit over a vaccine mandate for state workers. A judge threw out a lawsuit filed by the State Police Association of Massachusetts that sought to at least delay the mandate. While cases are trending down, for many, the damage has already been done. And we're not talking about long COVID. A study out of Oxford shows American males experienced the largest loss in life expectancy in 2020, which shaved 2.2 years off their lifespans. Black and Hispanic groups saw the greatest dip in life expectancy. Some scientists are studying a type of antibody derived from llamas as a possible treatment for COVID. Actually any member of the camelid family, like camels, llamas, and alpacas, will do and produce unique antibodies called nanobodies that are robust and bind to specific targets. The llama they're studying is named Fifi, just so if it works you'll know who to thank. In the United States cases were down 33%, deaths are up 12%, and hospitalizations are down 16% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,840,573 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in per capita hospitalizations over 14 days are Vermont at 35%, Maine 22%, Montana 21%, West Virginia 20%. And Pennsylvania and North Dakota 19%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AL. Cleburne, AL. Kodiak Island Borough, AK. Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK. Lewis, WV. Whitley, KY. Green, KY. Custer, MT. Letcher, KY. And Magoffin, KY. There have been at least 690,426 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 69.3%, Connecticut at 68.5%, and Maine at 68.2%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia at 40.3%, Wyoming at 41.2%, and Idaho at 41.4%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 55.3%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Georgia, Kosovo, Oceana, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia all up 2%. Globally, cases were down 22% and deaths were down 12% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,519,283 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 81,550. The U.K. 32,258. India 27,022. Turkey 25,861. And Russia 22,498. There have now been at least 4,755,749 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 9-27-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 5:14


    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for September 27th, 2021. Health officials in the U.S. say supply isn't a problem. There are more than 40 million doses of vaccines available, so that's enough to give qualified older Americans boosters and the first rounds for young children when the vaccine is approved for them. More than 70 million Americans remain unvaccinated. Breakthrough cases in the vaccinated are still rare but growing less rare. In fact, experts expect them to be even more common in the near future, saying most people will become infected at some point in their lives. But the appeal is still that vaccines will help keep cases from being severe. The CDC's latest data found unvaccinated people are 10 times more likely to be hospitalized from the virus. So if healthcare workers keep quitting, some of them because of vaccine mandates, who'll take care of patients? In New York, the possible answer is The National Guard. They're looking into that, as well as bringing in professionals from other states and countries, and reactivating retired nurses. Some 16% of the state's hospital staff have not been fully vaccinated. In California, first responders also remain disproportionately reluctant to get vaccinated. Public health officials have identified more than 200 outbreaks at police or fire agencies throughout Los Angeles County since the start of the pandemic. Vaccination rates for LAPD an LAFD employees generally lag behind the 68% of eligible county residents who've gotten their shots. Also, lots of vaccine reluctance in the NBA, a league that's trying to figure out what to do about it. There are 10% or so of players that are still holding out. And that doesn't make basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar too happy. He says “there's no room for players” who pass on the vaccine. And as influencers, he says they're “failing to live up to the responsibilities that come with celebrity.” In the United States cases were down 18%, deaths are up 23%, and hospitalizations are down 15% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,858,405 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in per capita hospitalizations over 14 days are Vermont at 45%, Montana 24%, Maine 23%. West Virginia 21%. And Pennsylvania and North Dakota 20%. Vermont and Maine are among the most fully vaccinated states. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Cleburne, AL. Whitley, KY. Magoffin, KY. Custer, MT. Braxton, WV. Kodiak Island Borough, AK. Lewis, WV. Russell, KY. Big Horn, WY. And Harlan, KY. There have been at least 688,032 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont unchanged at 69.1%, Connecticut at 68.2%, and Maine at 68%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia still unchanged at 40.2%, Wyoming at 41%, and Idaho at 41.1%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 55%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Australia and St. Lucia up 2%, and Azerbaijan, Australia, and Oceana 1%. Globally, cases were down 16% and deaths were down 10% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,614,780 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The U.K. 32,417. India 27,022. Turkey 25,861. The United States 24,343. And Russia 22,498. There have now been at least 4,747,726 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 9-24-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 4:59

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for September 24th, 2021. A CDC advisory panel recommended a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine for Americans 65 and older and some adults with underlying medical conditions that put them at risk of severe disease. What it declined to do was recommend boosters for younger adults, including healthcare workers, who live or work in places with high risk of contracting COVID-19. Boy we hope this is true. The creator of the AstraZeneca vaccine says COVID-19 is unlikely to mutate into a deadlier variant and will eventually end up like the common cold. Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert said viruses tend to “become less virulent as they circulate” through the population. She also points out we already live with four different human coronaviruses and this one will become just another. No choice this time. All Team USA athletes and staff will need to be fully vaccinated to compete at the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing that kick off in February 2022. Proof must be submitted by December 1 and the Olympic Committee added booster shots “may be required in the future.” England's Covid travel rules aren't exactly winning raves. The country is refusing to recognize vaccines administered across Latin America, Africa, and south Asia. Critics call it illogical and discriminatory. Those without recognized vaccines will be considered “not fully vaccinated” and made to quarantine 10 days on arrival from amber list countries. It was a joke. “Hey maybe some people will hold COVID parties to deliberately infect themselves like people used to do for their kids with chicken pox.” But now it's not a joke, because a group of people in Alberta, Canada actually did it. Well, it worked, several attendees are now in the hospital, some in ICU. The Health Minister said it's irresponsible and puts the health care system under “unprecedented pressure.” In the United States cases were down 12%, deaths are up 35%, and hospitalizations are down 10% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,795,988 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in per capita hospitalizations over 14 days are Vermont at 51%, Idaho 33%, Montana 29%, Ohio 27%, and West Virginia 25%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Andrews, TX. Russell, KY. Lewis, WV. Whitley, KY. Harlan, KY. Knox, KY. Braxton, WV. Perry, KY. Scott, TN. And McCreary, KY. There have been at least 684,286 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 69.1%, Connecticut at 68.1%, and Maine at 67.9%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia still unchanged at 40.2%, Wyoming at 40.9%, and Idaho at 41%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 54.9%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Ethiopia up 24%, the Philippines 22%, Taiwan 6%, and Thailand and Palestine 3%. Globally, cases were down 12% and deaths were down 8% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,590,619 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 127,463. The U.K. 36,710. India 31,458. Turkey 27,844. And Brazil 24,611. There have now been at least 4,727,498 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 9-23-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 5:17

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for September 23rd, 2021. A story for you optimists out there. An analysis by a consortium of researchers advising the CDC indicates the Delta surge looks like it's peaking. Which means cases and deaths should decline steadily now through the spring as long as there's not a big winter surge. The analysis was made by combining nine different mathematical models from different research groups. The optimistic model for the next six months also assumes a new and dangerous variant won't take hold. But the R.1 variant, which originated in Japan, has been identified at a Kentucky nursing home where it infected 45 residents and workers, many of whom were vaccinated. It has mutations that can improve “transmission, replication, and immune suppression.” The FDA gave the okay for extra shots of Pfizer vaccine for seniors and others at high risk. And it's a little amazing the FDA is functioning as well as it is, because there is no permanent head of that agency. 10 months after the election, the current administration has yet to name one. Public health experts are baffled why this would be the case given the situation we're in and insiders say staff at the agency is demoralized. The kids are in school, but when it comes to teachers and school staff, there are desperate shortages nationwide. Notes are going to parents saying, “we're hiring,” Principals are filling in as crossing guards, and of course, schools are moving back to online learning. COVID-19 has triggered a spike in retirements and resignations, for any number of reasons. Maybe those teachers are home drinking. Even though we hear so many people kvetching about the possible temporary side effects of getting vaccinated, they don't seem worried about pickling their bodies with alcohol. A new Harris Poll shows nearly 1 in 5 Americans is consuming an unhealthy amount of alcohol. If you don't know if you're a heavy drinker or not, it's defined as two heavy drinking days in a single week at least twice in the previous 30 days. And a "heavy drinking day" is four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men. In the United States cases were down 12%, deaths are up 36%, and hospitalizations are down 9% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,757,275 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in per capita hospitalizations over 14 days are Vermont at 52%, Idaho 34%, Montana 33%, Ohio 31%, and West Virginia 28%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Andrews, TX. Russell, KY. Knox, KY. Perry, KY. Lewis, WV. Braxton, WV. Whitley, KY. McCreary, KY. Rockcastle, KY. And Scott, TN. There have been at least 681,111 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont unchanged at 69%, Connecticut at 68%, and Maine at 67.8%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia unchanged at 40.2%, Wyoming at 40.8%, and Idaho at 40.9%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 54.8%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Kosovo up 3%, and Brazil, Australia, Oceana, and New Zealand 2%. Globally, cases were down 16% and deaths were down 13% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,574,248 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 133,620. Brazil 36,473. The U.K. 34,460. India 31,957. And Turkey 28,168. There have now been at least... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 9-22-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 5:08

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for September 22nd, 2021.There are approximately 71 million unvaccinated Americans. And COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have climbed to an average of more than 1,900 a day for the first time since early March. Many hospitals are full and health care workers demoralized, with patients dying and disbelief about the virus continuing. Dr. William Moss of Johns Hopkins said, “I think this is a failure of society.”Almost 400 Novant Health employees in North Carolina aren't overworked anymore. They've been suspended after failing to comply with the hospital system's vaccination program. Those who got their first vaccine of Pfizer or Moderna have until October 15 to get the second, or they're gone too.People who got the Johnson & Johnson booster shot are better protected, and for a longer period of time, according to their own latest trial results. The one-dose vaccine has been found to be 72% protective against severe cases in the U.S. But get a second shot two months later and that protection goes up to 94%.Two big retail groups have asked the Biden administration for at least a 90-day heads up before imposing new rules that'll require employees at bigger companies to be vaccinated or submit to regular testing. The groups represent brands like Walmart, CVS, Target, and Home Depot and said "there could be as many as 4 million workers who may need to be tested weekly," and they need time and guidance to figure out how that gets done. He's one of the most famous filmmakers you don't know, and he has died from COVID. His name is George Holliday. He was actually a plumber in Los Angeles. But it was he who shot the grainy video of four white police officers beating black motorist Rodney King back in 1991, an incident which later sparked massive riots. He was 61 and had been fighting COVID in the hospital for over a month. In the United States cases were up 4%, deaths are up 51%, and hospitalizations are down 8% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,715,410 active cases in the United States.With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in per capita hospitalizations over 14 days are Vermont, the number one most vaccinated state in the United States at 44%, Montana 35%, Idaho 34%, Ohio 32%, and West Virginia 30%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Russell, KY. McCreary, KY. Andrews, TX. Scott, TN. Lewis, WV. Green, KY. Knox, KY. Braxton, WV. Whitley, KY. And Perry, KY. There have been at least 678,405 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 69%, Connecticut at 67.9%, and Maine unchanged at 67.5%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia at 40.2%, Wyoming unchanged at 40.6%, and Idaho unchanged at 40.8%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 54.7%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Pakistan, Oceana, Georgia, Bangladesh, and India all up 2%. Globally, cases were down 9% and deaths were down 7% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,561,770 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 120,579. The U.K. 31,564. Turkey 29,338. India 27,333. And Russia 19,179. There have now been at least 4,707,662 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, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 9-21-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 4:57

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for September 21st, 2021.It is now official, at least according to the numbers from Johns Hopkins, COVID-19 has now killed as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu. 675,000 Americans died during the 1918 pandemic, in waves that played out over about two years. But back then there were no vaccines. It wasn't until the 30s researchers even understood influenza was caused by a virus and not a bacterium.Finally, some much needed good news for travel and tourism. The U.S. said it will allow foreigners to fly into the country this fall if they have vaccination proof and a negative COVID-19 test. That replaces a hodgepodge of rules that kept out non-citizens from countries that frankly, are doing better than the U.S. in containing outbreaks.The school mask fight may soon switch to a vaccine for kids fight. Pfizer said its vaccine works for children 5 to 11 and it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon. For elementary school-aged kids, Pfizer tested a much lower dose — a third of the amount that's in each shot given now. But after the second dose, the kids developed coronavirus-fighting antibody levels equal to that of teens and young adults getting regular-strength shots. Pfizer says the kid dosage also proved safe.Someone just got COVID in American Samoa. That's newsworthy because, it was their very first case. And even then it was a traveler from Hawaii. Believe it or not there are still countries and territories, mostly islands, that have yet to experience one case of COVID, including the Cook Islands, Saint Helena, the Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, Tuvalu, and the Pitcairn Islands. Mostly the kinds of places where Survivor is filmed. No special treatment for the president of Brazil. He's against vaccinations and would not get vaccinated before attending this week's UN General Assembly in New York. Therefore, he was not allowed inside a New York City restaurant and was told he'd have to eat his pizza slice outside. Which he did. In the United States cases were down 8%, deaths are up 29%, and hospitalizations are down 8% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,748,413 active cases in the United States.With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest daily number of deaths per capita are Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Idaho, and West Virginia. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Knox, KY. Russell, KY. Scott, TN. Andrews, TX. Rockcastle, KY. Lewis, WV. Powell, KY. Perry, KY. Whitley, KY. And Lincoln, MT. There have been at least 676,059 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 68.9%, Connecticut at 67.7%, and Maine at 67.5%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia at 40.1%, Wyoming at 40.6%, and Idaho at 40.8%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 54.6%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Ethiopia up 4%. Kosovo 3%. And Oceana, Thailand, and India 2%. Globally, cases were down 12% and deaths were down 8% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,639,928 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 85,913. The U.K. 36,100. Turkey 27,688. India 24,925. And Russia 19,744. There have now been at least 4,699,187 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 9-20-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 5:00


    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for September 20th, 2021.Many are trying to get religious exemptions from the vaccine right now. But religious leaders are saying, we don't agree with you. Leaders of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said there's no exemption for them for religious reasons. The Evangelical Lutheran Church said “there's no evident basis for religious exemption.” The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York said any priest issuing an exemption letter would be “acting in contradiction” to statements from the Pope. The influential, politically involved Rev. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist megachurch in Dallas said they “are not encouraging members to seek religious exemptions because there's no credible religious argument against the vaccines. And the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also doesn't provide religious exemptions for its members. Some good news around hospitalizations in some areas. The LA County Department of Public Health said they had a decrease of close to 100 people from last week's hospitalization number. And in Florida they had 417 fewer patients from Saturday to Sunday. COVID patients are occupying 15.9% of inpatient beds.A startling statistic out of Alabama. The state had more people die last year during the onset of the pandemic than were born. That means 2020 will be the first year in the history of the state with more deaths than births.They really aren't talked about much, the sufferers of long COVID. A study published in the CDC Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report showed about a third of COVID survivors still had health problems two months later. Long Covid can encompass a wide variety of symptoms and there's not enough research on who might be more likely to suffer from it.Comedian Chris Rock announced he tested positive for Covid-19. The 56-year-old, who was vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, wrote, “Trust me you don't want this.”In the United States cases were down 8%, deaths are up 29%, and hospitalizations are down 8% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,705,031 active cases in the United States.With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in hospitalizations over 14 days are Vermont and Montana up 38%, Idaho and Ohio 33%, and West Virginia 31%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Knox, KY. Russell, KY. Scott, TN. Andrews, TX. Rockcastle, KY. Lewis, WV. Powell, KY. Perry, KY. Whitley, KY. And Lincoln, MT. There have been at least 673,763 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 68.8%, Connecticut at 67.5%, and Maine at 67.2%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia again unchanged at 40%, Wyoming at 40.4%, and Idaho at 40.5%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 54.2%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: India up 4%. Kosovo 3%. Australia 2%. And Argentina and Oceana 1%. Globally, cases were down 14% and deaths were down 10% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,674,573 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 32,731. India 30,809. The U.K. 29,612. Turkey 26,398. And Russia 20,174. There have now been at least 4,691,081 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... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 9-17-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 5:09

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for September 17th, 2021.Idaho public health leaders yesterday expanded health care rationing statewide. Individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have also implemented rationing policies. Increases in COVID-19 patients are exhausting medical resources so those resources are allocated to those most likely to survive.A government watchdog says the Department of Homeland Security must improve its COVID-19 response at the U.S.-Mexico border. Customs and Border Patrol says they don't have the resources to test symptomatic migrants and has been relying on local public health systems and nongovernmental organizations to handle things. No, vaccine refusal is not just an American conservative thing. France's health minister said 3,000 health care workers across the country have been suspended without pay for refusing to get vaccinated. The deadline was September 15. France has recently seen mass demonstrations opposing the government's vaccine policies.We'll see if that also happens in Italy. A measure was approved yesterday that applies to all public and private-sector workers and will come into force Oct. 15 that deploys Green Pass requirements. Workers face fines of up to $1,700 and employers who don't check their workers will also be fined. The new Green Pass mandate will affect about 18 million people. But Italy's full vaccination rate is already a very high 75%.It's one health condition causing another. A new study ties the pandemic to an “alarming” increase in obesity in U.S. children and teenagers. That speeds up a problem that was already happening, but now the increase is called profound. The sad irony being the pandemic seems to be increasing obesity, and in turn obesity puts people at risk for more severe cases of COVID.In the United States cases were down 9%, deaths are up 29%, and hospitalizations are down 5% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,597,842 active cases in the United States.With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in hospitalizations over 14 days are Montana up 47%, Ohio 39%, West Virginia 31%, And Idaho and Alaska 29%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Knox, KY. Monroe, KY. Powell, KY. Perry, KY. Rockcastle, KY. Russell, KY. Humboldt, NV. Wyoming, WV. Whitley, KY. And Lincoln, MT. There have been at least 669,996 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont again unchanged at 68.7%, Connecticut unchanged at 67.3%, and Maine at 67.1%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia unchanged at 40%, Wyoming at 40.3%, and Idaho at 40.4%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 54.1%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Taiwan up 16%. Kosovo and Thailand 4%. And Africa and Nepal 3%. Globally, cases were down 17% and deaths were down 9% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,671,978 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 151,142. India 34,649. Brazil 34,407. Turkey 28,118. And the U.K. 26,911. There have now been at least 4,669,300 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 9-16-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 5:14

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for September 16th, 2021.A tough statistic for the “it's like the chicken pox” crowd. 19 months into the pandemic, 1 in 500 American residents has died from COVID-19. The death rate for certain demographics age 40-64 is even more stark; for black Americans, 1 in 480 has died, for Hispanics, 1 in 390, and 1 out of every 240 Native Americans have died.Public health officials in Los Angeles County will begin requiring proof of at least one dose of a vaccine by October 7 for customers and employees at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, and nightclubs. By November 4, full vaccination will be required. Government guidelines in England say healthcare staff can decide whether children 12-15 get a vaccine against their parents' wishes. School headmasters worry this virtually guarantees disruptive protests are right around the corner. Shots will be administered by School Age Immunization Service teams and if parents don't give their consent but the child is deemed able to make an informed decision and wants the vaccine, the parents will be overruled. There was a time it was believed when someone an anti-vaxxer knew personally died of COVID, it would change their minds. A new Pew poll says maybe not. 72% of American adults know someone who's been hospitalized or killed. The death count in America is now a few thousand away from surpassing the 1918 Spanish Flu as the single largest death toll from a pandemic in the U.S. It's probably the saddest aspect of the vaccine debate, friends and family ripping themselves apart and ending relationships over their disagreements. A Harris poll shows 33% of vaccinated Americans have stopped seeing people they know because they haven't been vaccinated. 8% don't intend to ever socialize with them again even if they do eventually get vaccinated. In the United States cases were down 8%, deaths are up 37%, and hospitalizations are down 4% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,523,673 active cases in the United States.With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in hospitalizations over 14 days are Montana up 47%, Ohio 40%, West Virginia 34%, Alaska 31%, and Idaho and New Hampshire 29%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Knox, KY. Perry, KY. Monroe, KY. Martin, KY. Powell, KY. Whitley, KY. White, IL. Lincoln, MT. Russell, KY. And Lewis, WV. There have been at least 666,598 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont unchanged at 68.7%, Connecticut at 67.3%, and Maine at 67%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia at 40%, Wyoming at 40.2%, and Idaho at 40.3%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 54%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Ethiopia up 102%. Kosovo 3%. And South America, Oceana, and Australia 2%. Globally, cases were down 17% and deaths were down 10% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,641,559 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 164,509. The U.K. 30,597. India 30,361. Turkey 28,224. And Iran 19,731. There have now been at least 4,659,290 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 9-15-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 5:08

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for September 15th, 2021.The CDC released a new study that examined hospitalizations and deaths from Covid over more than three months and found the unvaccinated are more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized and 11 times more likely to die. The study also found that as the delta variant became more widespread, protection against initial infections fell slightly.Russian President Vladimir Putin went into self-isolation after people in his inner circle became infected. He himself has reportedly tested negative and is fully vaccinated with Russia's Sputnik V. And Czech President Milos Zeman was hospitalized yesterday. His predecessor is also undergoing tests at the same hospital.With the newly released US mandates, now the courts get to be health experts, advisors, and policy makers. A federal judge has temporarily blocked the state of New York from forcing medical workers to be vaccinated. This after a group of health care workers sued because the state's mandate does not even allow for religious exemptions.Four US military branches now have deadlines for when active-duty, reserve and National Guard service members must be vaccinated. For the Army it's December 15, with a National Guard deadline of June 30, 2022. For the Air Force it's November 2, with Reserve personnel vaccinated by December 2. The Navy deadline is November 28 for active duty and December 28 for Reserves. And for the Marines it's November 28 with reservists vaccinated by December 28.It's a pattern that's getting a lot harder to ignore. A fifth conservative radio talk show host has now died of COVID-19, with all five having died in the last six weeks. The latest was Denver's Bob Enyart. All publicly opposed and refused to get the vaccine.In the United States cases were up 8%, deaths are up 36%, and hospitalizations are down 2% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since September 12. There are 9,429,080 active cases in the United States.With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest number of daily deaths per capita are Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Georgia. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Perry, KY. Sequatchie, TN. White, TN. Warren, TN. McMinn, TN. Rockcastle, KY. Clay, KY. Bledsoe, TN. Monroe, TN. And Knox, KY. There have been at least 663,923 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 68.7%, Connecticut at 67.2%, and Massachusetts at 66.9%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Wyoming unchanged at 39.9%, West Virginia at 40%, and Idaho at 40.2%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 53.9%.What age groups are the most fully vaccinated in the United States? According to the Mayo Clinic it's those 65-74 at 85.5%, then comes 75+ at 79.7%, 50-64 at 71.5%, 40-49 at 62.9%, 25-39 at 53.8%, and 18-24 at 49.6%. In other words, the younger the American, the less likely they are to be vaccinated. Globally, cases were down 11% and deaths were down 9% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,657,926 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 142,059. Turkey 27,802. India 27,491. The U.K. 26,628. And Iran 22,329. There have now been at least 4,647,792 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 9-14-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 5:24

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for September 14th, 2021.In a heartbreaking illustration of maxed out hospitals, the staff in one north Alabama hospital contacted 43 others across three states looking for a specialty cardiac ICU bed for patient Ray DeMonia. Most were full with COVID patients, which Ray was not. He wound up in Meridian, Mississippi, about 170 miles away, where he died of a cardiac event shortly after arriving.Looks like Americans are okay with government vaccination mandates. A new Morning Consult/Politico poll shows 58% support them. 62% favor encouraging states to require vaccinations for all school employees; 60% support a mandate for most health care workers with no ability to opt out through regular testing; and 56% support the same rule for most federal workers and contractors.The mantra is the vaccines help keep infections from turning into serious COVID cases. But it does happen. In fact, the Office for National Statistics in England says those who were fully vaccinated accounted for 1.2% of all deaths involving Covid-19 in England so far this year. That number is low and is actually being promoted as proof the vaccines are effective.An international group of scientists including two FDA vaccine reviewers wrote in the science journal Lancet that the average person doesn't need a booster yet. Their review shows the shots are working well, even against Delta. The White House, which promised to “follow the science,” is continuing to follow a different science and is pressing forward with third shots as soon as later this month. The CDC says Americans should not travel to Afghanistan. Which leads to the obvious response, duh. But it's not because of that Taliban thing. The country was added to the list of Level 4 high risk areas for COVID. Also added to the list: Belize, Grenada, Mauritius, Saint Kitts and Nevis. Pretty much anyplace tropical and beautiful you'd like to travel to, they say it's safer for you to stay in the USA, which by the way is now 40th in vaccination rates. In the United States cases were up 8%, deaths are up 36%, and hospitalizations are down 2% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since September 12. There are 9,396,924 active cases in the United States.With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the biggest increase in hospitalizations per capita: North Dakota 56%, Alaska 43%, Ohio and Montana 42%, And West Virginia 38%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Perry, KY. Sequatchie, TN. White, TN. Warren, TN. McMinn, TN. Rockcastle, KY. Clay, KY. Bledsoe, TN. Monroe, TN. And Knox, KY. There have been at least 661,537 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 68.6%, Connecticut at 67.1%, and Massachusetts and Maine at 66.8%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Wyoming and West Virginia at 39.9%, and Idaho at 40.1%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 53.8%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Africa and Bangladesh up 3%. And Aruba, Panama, and Oceana 2% Globally, cases were down 13% and deaths were down 11% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,725,144 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 109,432. The U.K. 30,825. Turkey 24,613. India 24,479. And Iran 22,541. There have now been at least 4,638,578 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 9-13-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 5:26

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for September 13th, 2021.Guess who's exempt from the US administration's recently announced vaccine mandates for all federal employees and contractors? Congress, congressional staffs, and those in the federal court system. That's because only the executive branch of government can be compelled under the executive order. Still, it creates an enormous layer of hypocrisy and suspicion that probably will not help reassure Americans the vaccines are safe and effective. Adding to that, the Speaker of the House said the House can't make its members get the vaccine, saying quote, “Here's the thing. We cannot require someone to be vaccinated. That's just not what we can do. It is a matter of privacy to know who is or who isn't.” Which actually underscores the point many anti-vaxxers have been making. Get ready to go to the UK and dance. Authorities in Britain will not require vaccine passports for entry into nightclubs and other crowded events in England after all. That reverses an earlier plan. The Health Minister said they might reconsider if cases rise exponentially again.Not really sure how they plan on talking the babies out of being born, but a hospital in New York plans to stop delivering them later this month because too many maternity workers resigned rather than get the vaccine. A spokesman from the hospital in Lowville said seven of the 30 people who resigned worked in maternity, and seven more are being non-committal about the vaccine. That health system's full vaccination rate is above average at 73%.Here's an interesting way to honor first responders around 9/11, threaten them. Mayor Bill de Blasio said they'll stop paying police and other city workers who aren't vaccinated. Only 53% of NYPD employees have gotten at least one dose.They aren't anti-vaxxers with political agendas. But they won't keep masks on or socially distance. That's because they're gorillas. They're very social creatures like, you know, us. Atlanta's zoo says at least 13 western lowland gorillas tested positive, including 60-year-old Ozzie, the oldest male gorilla in captivity. They're being treated with monoclonal antibodies. They believe the gorillas got it from a fully vaccinated, asymptomatic employee. In the United States cases were down 7%, deaths are up 27%, and hospitalizations are flat over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 2. There are 9,303,506 active cases in the United States.With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the biggest increase in hospitalizations per capita: North Dakota 98%, Alaska 39%, Ohio and West Virginia 37%, And Montana and South Dakota 30%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Perry, KY. White, TN. Clay, KY. Stephens, OK. Whitley, KY. Warren, TN. Russell, KY. Sequatchie, TN. Grayson, KY. And Rockcastle, KY. There have been at least 659,942 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 68.4%, Connecticut at 66.8%, and Massachusetts at 66.6%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 39.6%, Wyoming at 39.7%, and Idaho at 39.8%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 53.4%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Sri Lanka, Panama, Argentina, Brazil, and Australia all up 2%.Globally, cases were down 18% and deaths were down 13% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,788,871 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 35,450. India 31,374. The U.K.... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 9-10-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 5:16

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for September 10th, 2021.In the U.S., the administration announced new steps, including mandates to tackle the pandemic. Those steps include mandating vaccines for federal workers, contractors and certain health care workers, mandates for employees at companies with 100 or more workers to be vaccinated or tested weekly, and a recommendation large venues require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. The Los Angeles board of education voted to mandate students 12 and older be vaccinated in order to be allowed to come to school. The Los Angeles Unified School District, which has more than 600,000 mostly Latino students, already tests all students and employees weekly, requires masking indoors and outdoors, and has ordered employees to be vaccinated. If we want to know what happens when you vaccinate even younger kids, we can watch Cuba. That government has begun to vaccinate children as young as two. They are using Cuban vaccines and say it's safe for young children but have provided little data to outside observers to confirm this. If you think the pandemic hasn't been confusing enough, throw this into the mix. The CDC changed the definitions of vaccine and vaccinated. The changes mostly involve backing away from the word “immunity” and saying it offers “protection,” so as not to raise expectations. A CDC spokesperson said changing the words of a definition doesn't change the definition.Here's some good news considering it's never healthy to hold it in. Peer-reviewed research has found public toilets pose little risk of catching the virus. No evidence of airborne transmission for pathogens was found there. Yes, there was some risk of aerosolization from flushing and those hand blowers, but nothing that increased the chances of transmission.In the United States cases were down 2%, deaths are up 32%, and hospitalizations are up 3% over 14 days. Keep in mind this week's statistics are affected by changes in reporting over the Labor Day holiday. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 2. There are 9,141,650 active cases in the United States.With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the biggest increase in hospitalizations per capita: North Dakota 106%, South Dakota 64%, West Virginia 49%, Alaska 39%, and Virginia and Ohio 38%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Perry, KY. Rusk, TX. Russell, KY. Taylor, FL. Clay, KY. Dorchester, SC. Nolan, TX. Hendry, FL. Sequatchie, TN. And Monroe, TN. There have been at least 654,576 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont unchanged at 68.3%, Connecticut at 66.7%, and Massachusetts and Maine at 66.5%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 39.5%, and Wyoming and Mississippi at 39.6%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 53.3%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Bangladesh up 31%. Vietnam 9%. Thailand 4%. Sri Lanka 3%. And Argentina 2%.Globally, cases were down 11% and deaths were down 9% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,792,324 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 157,827. India 43,406. The U.K. 38,797. Iran 26,854. And Turkey 23,914. There have now been at least 4,604,426 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... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 9-9-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 5:01

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for September 9th, 2021.The World Health Organization is again calling for a moratorium on booster shots, saying rich countries with large supplies should not offer shots through the end of the year so first doses can go to poorer countries. So far that request has been ignored by countries like the United States. The Director General added, “We do not want to see widespread use of boosters for healthy people who are fully vaccinated."Novavax has initiated an early-stage study to test a combined flu and COVID-19 vaccine. The trial will be conducted in Australia. A spokesman said, "Combination of these two vaccines may lead to greater efficiencies and achieve high levels of protection against COVID-19 and influenza with a single regimen.”Some good news for young adult COVID survivors. Research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress shows the disease doesn't appear to have affected lung function. Even patients with asthma showed no statistically significant deterioration. The investigators measured the volume of air in the lungs that can be exhaled after a taking the deepest breath possible and a ratio that's an indicator of narrowed airways. An analysis shows the pace of new vaccinations in rural America increased for the fourth consecutive week last week. Rural counties reported just over 318,000 rural Americans completed their vaccine regimen last week. That's 9% higher than the number who were newly vaccinated two weeks ago. 39% of the total rural population is completely vaccinated, up 0.7 percentage points from two weeks ago. Another country has decided it's going to have to learn to live with COVID and is preparing to do just that. South Korea's working up a plan on returning life to normal by late October, when 80% of adults are expected to be fully vaccinated. The strategy will be implemented in phases.In the United States cases were up 1%, deaths are up 34%, and hospitalizations are up 4% over 14 days. Keep in mind this week's statistics are affected by changes in reporting over the Labor Day holiday. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 9,058,897 active cases in the United States.With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the biggest daily volume of deaths per capita: Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, the US Virgin Islands, and South Carolina. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Perry, KY. Rusk, TX. Dorchester, SC. Sequatchie, TN. Monroe, TN. Taylor, FL. Clay, KY. Marion, TN. Richland, LA. And Hendry, FL. There have been at least 652,647 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 68.3%, Connecticut at 66.6%, and Massachusetts at 66.5%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Wyoming unchanged at 39.3%, Alabama at 39.4%, and Mississippi at 39.6%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 53.2%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Georgia and Thailand up 4%. And Sri Lanka, Argentina, and Bangladesh 3%.Globally, cases were down 9% and deaths were down 5% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,876,631 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 115,776. India 38,130. The U.K. 37,326. Iran 27,138. And Turkey 23,638. There have now been at least 4,594,805 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 9-8-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 5:27

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for September 8th, 2021. Idaho public health leaders have activated “crisis standards of care.” That lets hospitals in the northern part of the state ration health care since there are more patients than they can handle. Residents have been warned they may not get the care they'd normally expect if they need to be hospitalized. Hawaii's Governor signed an order last week releasing hospitals and health care workers from liability if they must ration health care. Who wouldn't want “super immunity”? A series of studies has found some people mount an extraordinarily powerful immune response against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Their bodies produce very high levels of antibodies and make antibodies with great flexibility that can fight off current and future variants. Who's most likely to achieve such a thing? People who were infected in 2020 then immunized with mRNA vaccines in 2021. Reports say "those people have amazing responses to the vaccine." It's question and answer time. What are the chances you'll get COVID-19 if you're fully vaccinated? According to new data reported by the New York Times, it's 1 in 5,000. What are the chances you'll be hospitalized from COVID if you're fully vaccinated? The same report suggests that number is 1 in every 1 million. Malaysia will be the first country to declare Covid-19 an endemic as opposed to a pandemic. This change will happen around the end of October. Covid would be endemic when the virus that causes the disease becomes permanent in the community and keeps circulating among the population. Other endemics include flu, dengue, and malaria. An ABC News poll asked unvaccinated workers whose employers haven't imposed a vaccine mandate yet what they'd do if it became mandatory. 16% would get vaccinated, 35% would ask for a medical or religious exemption and 42% would quit. Asked what they'd do if they couldn't get an exemption, the number who would quit goes up to an astonishing 72%. In the United States cases were flat, deaths are up 34%, and hospitalizations are up 4% over 14 days. Keep in mind this week's statistics are affected by changes in reporting over the Labor Day holiday. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are once again over 9 million active cases in the United States, at 9,015,387. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the biggest 14-day increase in hospitalizations: North Dakota up 103%. South Dakota 72%. West Virginia 47%. Maine 38%. And Wyoming and Virginia 37%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Perry, KY. Rusk, TX. Dorchester, SC. Sequatchie, TN. Monroe, TN. Taylor, FL. Clay, KY. Marion, TN. Richland, LA. And Hendry, FL. There have been at least 650,511 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated was not updated and remain: Vermont at 68.1%, Connecticut at 66.4%, and Massachusetts at 66.3%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 39.1%, Wyoming at 39.3%, and Idaho at 39.5%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 53%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Vietnam, Guatemala, and South Korea up 4%. And Pakistan and Morocco 3%. Globally, cases were down 11% and deaths were down 8% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,888,092 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 114,626. The U.K. 41,088. India 30,184. Iran 27,579. And the Philippines 22,380. There... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 9-7-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 5:33

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for September 7th, 2021. Like healthcare workers, they are most at risk. And like many healthcare workers, they are reluctant to get the vaccine. No national statistics show the vaccination rate for America's entire population of first responders, but police and fire departments report figures far below the national rate of adults who have had at least one dose. Increasingly, mandates are putting jobs at risk for refusal to take the shots. You really have to wonder what's going on behind the scenes. Now, the CDC says masks are no longer required indoors or outdoors in most settings if you're fully vaccinated. The news came as a shock after a steady drumbeat of guidance that the fully vaccinated can get Covid, spread Covid, and host new variants of Covid. Regardless, the White House is promoting the new guidance on social media. There are reports researchers recently discovered antibodies that can neutralize a range of variants and coronaviruses. This could lead to better post-infection treatments if true. They studied survivors, looking for antibodies that may be resistant to losing their effectiveness against variants and new viruses. One antibody showed a high breadth of effectiveness. Another bound well with all respiratory viruses and prevented COVID-19 infections in animal subjects. How bad is the nursing shortage? Right now, close to 15,000 RN positions are available in North Carolina alone. And there are 5,500 job openings for nursing assistants and LPNs. There's also a shortage of school nurses. In fact, that was happening even before the pandemic. The CDC says there should be a nurse for every 750 students, but nearly a fourth of all schools in the US don't have one at all. You want to get tough on people who put others at risk of the virus but, do you want to get communist country tough? Vietnam put a 28-year-old man in jail for five years Monday for breaking quarantine rules. His trial lasted one day. Despite that severity, Vietnam's outbreak is worsening, with the vast majority of its 13,385 deaths happening in the last few months. In the United States cases were down 12%, deaths are up 31%, and hospitalizations are up 9% over 14 days. But keep in mind that for this and most of today's statistics, there's an artificial dip due to lack of reporting over the Labor Day holiday. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 8,863,957 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the biggest 14-day increase in hospitalizations: North Dakota up 379%. South Dakota 79%. West Virginia 52%. Tennessee 50%. And Maine 42%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Rusk, TX. Dorchester, SC. Taylor, FL. Russell, KY. Uvalde, TX. Hendry, FL. Butte, SD. Hardee, FL. Pike, OH. And Wayne, MS. There have been at least 649,023 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 68.1%, Connecticut at 66.4%, and Massachusetts at 66.3%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 39.1%, Wyoming at 39.3%, and Idaho at 39.5%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 53%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Panama up 3%. And Oceana, Bangladesh, Argentina, and India 2%. Globally, cases were down 16% and deaths were down 10% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,811,819 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The U.K. 41,192. The United States 39,644. India 30,184.... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 9-6-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 4:52


    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for September 6th, 2021. Full steam ahead in the U.S. with booster shots, even though the EU, the World Health Organization, and even the CDC says it could be premature and possibly unnecessary right now. It's believed boosters will be available September 20 for Pfizer, with Moderna's rolling out a couple weeks later. The President said Americans should consider getting a booster 8 months after their second shot. Israel is so bought into boosters they're actually getting ready to administer fourth doses of the vaccines. Cases are soaring there despite world-leading vaccinations. Their national coronavirus czar said new injections could better protect against new variants of the virus and could be needed every few months. He said, “This is our life from now on.” There's nothing yet to suggest the current vaccines won't work against the new Mu variant. But as always, science doesn't seem to know for sure. What is known is it's already made its way to nearly every state in the U.S. and 39 countries. And it's been here awhile. It was first detected in Colombia in January. Right now, the variant only accounts for less than 1% of all Covid-19 samples sequenced in the U.S. Some vaccine passport news. They'll be required in indoor venues in England starting the end of this month. There are critics but the Health Minister said this is the way to keep the economy open. And Japan will issue vaccination certificates starting mid-December. Those are mostly meant for overseas travel via a QR code on smartphones. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady confirmed he tested positive for Covid-19 in February, soon after the team's boat parade that celebrated their Super Bowl win. He's since been vaccinated. In the United States cases were up 8%, deaths are up 55%, and hospitalizations are up 11% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 8,823,289 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the biggest 14-day increase in hospitalizations: North Dakota up 331%. South Dakota 88%. West Virginia 56%. Maine 53%. And Wyoming and Tennessee 51%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Russell, KY. Perry, KY. Rusk, TX. Uvalde, TX. Bell, KY. Marion, TN. Clay, KY. Dorchester, SC. Glynn, GA. And Taylor, FL. There have been at least 648,467 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 68%, Connecticut unchanged at 66.2%, and Massachusetts at 66.1%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 38.5%, Alabama at 38.6%, and Wyoming at 39.1%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 52.7%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Panama and Kosovo up 3%. And Sri Lanka, Argentina, and Australia 2%. Globally, cases were down 9% and deaths were down 7% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,924,449 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: India 39,521. The U.K. 37,011. The United States 35,586. Iran 25,870. And Malaysia 20,396. There have now been at least 4,566,726 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 9-3-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 4:56

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for September 3rd, 2021.The CDC says if you're not vaccinated, you should cancel any travel plans you might have for the long Labor Day weekend. Holidays have always been worrisome to health officials because they often result in spikes. But this spike would occur on top of the Delta surge. Last year, even without vaccines available, more than 3 million airline passengers were screened over the Labor Day holiday.More than 500,000 children in the US tested positive from August 5 to August 26, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Since kids under 12 can't get vaccinated, an increasing number of states and school districts are imposing mask mandates. Others are trying to limit exposure among the unvaccinated. A new study of breakthrough infections in the UK finds vaccines not only reduce the risk of severe disease and hospitalization, but they can lower the odds you'll have long-term symptoms. They found the odds of having symptoms for 28 days or more after a post-vaccination infection were just about cut in half. The European Medicines Agency is joining the World Health Organization in going against the United States where booster shots are concerned. It said there's no urgent need for booster shots for fully vaccinated people and the emphasis and supply should stay focused on primary vaccinations. If you think people who are against the vaccine aren't serious, observe how many are willing to give up their careers over it. We've seen it in healthcare, law enforcement, fire departments, and now America's pastime. Longtime Washington Nationals Vice President Bob Boone has chosen to resign rather than comply with orders to vaccinate. Two scouts are also leaving the team for that reason. Boone joined the Nationals in 2005, and as a player was with the Phillies, Cardinals, and Royals.In the United States cases were up 14%, deaths are up 67%, and hospitalizations are up 16% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 8,650,330 active cases in the United States.With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the biggest 14-day increase in hospitalizations: North Dakota up 304%. South Dakota 105%. Wyoming 65%. And New Hampshire, West Virginia, and Delaware 59%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Perry, KY. Taylor, FL. Clinton, KY. Marion, TN. Hardee, FL. Bell, KY. Dorchester, SC. Glynn, GA. Bledsoe, TN. And Sequatchie, TN.There have been at least 643,594 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont again unchanged at 67.9%, Connecticut at 66.2%, and Massachusetts at 66%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi and Alabama at 38.4%, and Wyoming at 38.7%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 52.6%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Sri Lanka up 6%. Nepal 5%. Vietnam 4%. And South Korea and Argentina 3%.Globally, cases were down 7% and deaths were down 20% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,803,773 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 177,568. India 45,482. The U.K. 38,154. Iran 30,279. And Brazil 26,497. There have now been at least 4,550,984 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 9-2-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 5:06

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for September 2nd, 2021.The World Health Organization has another “variant of interest” to watch. It's being called the Mu variant and there are concerns it may partially evade the immunity developed from past infection or vaccination. The variant has been detected in 39 countries. It was first identified in Colombia in January. A new survey shows most firms are now planning on having vaccine mandates for their workforce, and that will be happening in the next several months. While 21% of firms currently have some vaccine mandate in place, 52% said they'd have one by the fourth quarter of this year.The approach is a good bit different in Florida. The state will start issuing $5,000 fines to businesses, schools and government agencies that require people show proof of vaccination. That will start September 16.The great missing data problem continues. An NPR analysis found that in trying to get more detailed information from the CDC, such as where patients live, whether they were hospitalized or died, demographic details, it comes up that about 1 in 5 known cases — or 7 million people — are completely missing. And about two-thirds of the data present is unusable with fields left blank or marked "Unknown.” Some states have submitted less than one-tenth of their total cases. A 24-year-old woman from Illinois is not quite as slick as she thought she was. She submitted a fake vaccination card to visit Hawaii which didn't work at all. Mainly because she misspelled Moderna. Also, she lived in Illinois but her make believe shot was taken in Delaware, so that was suspicious. And the hotel she said she'd be staying at had no reservation for her. Having failed at the crime of the century, she was arrested for two misdemeanors and is awaiting a hearing.In the United States cases were up 18%, deaths are up 75%, and hospitalizations are up 17% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 8,532,849 active cases in the United States.With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the biggest 14-day increase in hospitalizations: South Dakota up 103%. Delaware 70%. Wyoming 67%. New Hampshire 61%. And West Virginia 59%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Marion, TN. Perry, KY. Taylor, FL. Clinton, KY. Bledsoe, TN. Bell, KY. Lewis, TN. Sequatchie, TN. Hardee, FL. And Glynn, GA. There have been at least 642,004 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont unchanged at 67.9%, And Massachusetts and Connecticut at 66%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi still unchanged at 37.7%, Alabama at 38.3%, and Wyoming at 38.6%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is unchanged at 52.4%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Sri Lanka up 7%. Vietnam 4%. And South Korea, South Africa, and Ukraine 3%.Globally, cases were down 5% and deaths were down 4% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,679,281 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 184,420. India 45,971. The U.K. 35,693. Iran 33,170. And Brazil 26,348. There have now been at least 4,541,140 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 9-1-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 4:53

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for September 1st, 2021. The EU says it's now hit its target of fully vaccinating 70% of adults by the end of summer. They're calling it a great achievement, but the World Health Organization says the pace of vaccinations in the continent now appears to be faltering, and parts of Europe are at risk of fresh outbreaks and new restrictions. As far as Denmark is concerned, COVID is over. That country is set to remove all remaining measures against the spread except for border controls September 10, and the government says its epidemic is "under control." The Netherlands ended most restrictions in June only to see Delta increase case numbers over 500% in one week. If you Moderna people are having a friendly rivalry with your Pfizer friends, you win. A study of Belgian healthcare workers shows Moderna resulted in higher antibody levels than Pfizer. And that was true in infected as well as uninfected participants, across age categories. Policies are supposed to follow the data, but the data consistently shows problems with reliability. This time, newly backfilled data from Tennessee's department of health reveals the number of coronavirus patients hospitalized to be about 5,100 more than was reported over the past 14 months. That's a discrepancy of more than 20%. A new Axios poll finds vaccine hesitancy in the United States has been dropping over the past few weeks. 20% said they're still unlikely to get a vaccine — but that's the lowest level since the index started tracking opposition. That's down from a high of 63% in September 2020. In the United States cases were up 12%, deaths are up 91%, and hospitalizations are up 22% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 8,435,577 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the biggest 14-day increase in hospitalizations per capita: South Dakota up 111%. Delaware 85%. New Hampshire 73%. West Virginia 69%. And Wyoming 66%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Taylor, FL. Bell, KY. Clay, KY. Clinton, KY. Whitley, KY. Perry, KY. Hardee, FL. Pierce, GA. Cook, GA. And Dodge, GA. There have been at least 640,088 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 67.9%, And Massachusetts and Connecticut at 65.9%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi unchanged at 37.7%, Alabama at 38.1%, and Wyoming unchanged at 38.4%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 52.4%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Thailand up 6%. South Korea, Panama, and Vietnam 4%. And Brazil 3%. Globally, cases were down 1% and deaths were flat over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,642,259 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 156,002. India 43,072. The U.K. 32,181. Iran 31,319. And Brazil 25,586. There have now been at least 4,517,377 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 8-31-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 5:11

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 31st, 2021.Take an area with high concentrations of COVID, with a shortage of ICU beds, patients on ventilators, and challenges keeping health care staff working. Then hit it with a Category 4 hurricane and you have the situation in Louisiana. Hospitals had to evacuate over 160 patients, the storm tore off parts of roofs, and left water leaking down walls to pool on floors. Generators kicked in for electricity and some hospitals used water from private wells. And now new patients have begun showing up with storm-related injuries. As we said yesterday to expect, the EU recommended its 27 nations reinstate restrictions on tourists from the U.S. That reverses advice it gave in June, when the recommendation was to lift restrictions before the summer tourism season. However, the EU has no unified COVID-19 tourism policy, and each government can decide whether or not to close their borders.The last thing we want to report on is a new COVID variant. But a report says a mutation first detected in South Africa, C.1.2, appears to have mutated the most from the original virus, almost double the global mutation rate seen in any other existing variant of concern. Scientists have found 14 mutations in nearly 50% of the variants that had a C.1.2 sequence.In Israel, new daily infections have just climbed to record levels. Around 63% of the population there has been fully vaccinated. In late July, Israel began offering everyone over 60 a booster dose, and that program is being rapidly expanded. Boosters have been available to everyone over 30 since a week ago.A judge in OH has issued an emergency order telling a hospital they have to treat a coronavirus patient with ivermectin. That's the controversial antiparasitic drug that hasn't yet been approved by the FDA as a COVID treatment. In fact, some have taken a version of the drug intended for animals and died of overdoses in the process. In the United States cases were up 20%, deaths are up 96%, and hospitalizations are up 24% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 8,345,850 active cases in the United States.With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the biggest 14-day increase in hospitalizations per capita: South Dakota up 117%. Delaware 89%. New Hampshire 80%. West Virginia 74%. And Maine 73%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Taylor, FL. Clay, KY. Cook, GA. Pierce, GA. Bell, KY. McIntosh, GA. Hardee, FL. Live Oak, TX. Emanuel, GA. And Crockett, TN. There have been at least 638,676 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 67.8%, And Massachusetts and Connecticut at 65.8%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Mississippi at 37.7%, Alabama at 37.9%, and Wyoming at 38.4%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 52.3%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Argentina, Jordan, and Suriname all up 2%. Globally, cases were up 1% and deaths were up 3% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending flat since August 27. There are 18,607,957 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 119,642. Iran 33,780. India 30,251. The U.K. 26,476. And the Philippines 22,366. There have now been at least 4,508,896 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... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 8-30-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 5:16

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 30th, 2021. A UK study published in Lancet says people who get the Delta variant are more than twice as likely to be hospitalized as those infected with the alpha strain. Early studies of the Delta variant found it was 50% more transmissible than other strains. The study's author said absent vaccination, Delta outbreaks will keep imposing a huge burden on healthcare. If you're an American who had plans to travel to the EU for fun, start thinking about new plans. The block of nations is expected to announce today that you are too risky to let in. The U.S. is expected to get pulled from the EU's “safe” list for non-essential travel after being on that list less than two months. Of course, the U.S. has maintained its ban on all non-essential travel from Europe. Stressed as healthcare workers are, many continue to refuse to set an example. An American Nurses Association survey shows 1 in 8 nurses still aren't vaccinated and have no plans to get vaccinated. Of those who won't take the shot, 84% said there's not enough info about possible long-term effects. Such nurses have started being fired, adding to critical staff shortages. If you're not scared of COVID maybe you're afraid of snakes. A new published medical study says getting the virus is not unlike being bitten by a poisonous rattlesnake. An enzyme has been identified in the virus that ravages the body like snake venom and causes severe inflammation. It's hoped that targeting that enzyme will help with treatments for COVID. Another shortage might be coming right behind the nursing shortage. School board members. Across the nation, many are deciding the position is just not worth it amidst tense, sometimes violent confrontations about masking in schools. Many are being harassed, threatened, and some have even contemplated suicide. Others are quitting over policies they disagree with. In the United States cases were up 20%, deaths are up 95%, and hospitalizations are up 25% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are once again over 8 million active cases in the United States, at 8,184,348. With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the biggest 14-day increase in hospitalizations per capita: South Dakota up 104%. New Hampshire 90%. Delaware 77%. Maine 75%. And West Virginia 66%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Taylor, FL. Clay, KY. Cook, GA. Pierce, GA. Bell, KY. McIntosh, GA. Hardee, FL. Live Oak, TX. Emanuel, GA. And Crockett, TN. There have been at least 637,525 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 67.6%, Massachusetts at 65.6%, and Connecticut at 65.5%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 37%, Mississippi unchanged at 37.3%, and Wyoming unchanged at 38.2%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is at 51.9%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Sri Lanka, Australia, and India up 2%. And South Korea and Malaysia 1%. Globally, cases were down 1% and deaths were up 1% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,589,957 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: India 43,381. The United States 37,262. The U.K. 33,196. Iran 31,516. And Japan 22,748. There have now been at least 4,500,291 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... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 8-27-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 5:14

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 27th, 2021.Kentucky and Texas joined a growing list of states seeing record numbers of hospitalized patients in a surge that's afflicting more children. Wednesday, both reported more patients in their hospitals than at any other time since the pandemic began. In New Mexico, health officials warned they're about a week away from rationing health care. And in Idaho, state leaders called on residents to volunteer to help keep medical facilities operating.U.S. health regulators could approve a third booster shot for adults beginning only six months after full vaccination, instead of the previously announced eight-months. Approval of boosters for Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson is expected in mid-September. Pfizer's already started the application process for approval of its booster shot for those 16 and older, saying it spurs a more than three-fold increase in antibodies. If you're worried about getting a blood clot from the vaccine, you have a bigger problem. COVID. A new peer-reviewed study out of Oxford shows the risk of rare blood clotting is significantly higher from Covid-19, than from vaccination. Researchers estimated 107 out of 10 million people would be hospitalized or die from low platelet counts within 28 days of getting a first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, while that number rose to 934 people per 10 million after a positive test for Covid.New research in the journal Nature says around one third of Americans had been infected with Covid-19 by the end of 2020. That's a number much higher than what official testing detected. The model showed around 103 million Americans had been infected while the CDC data puts the figure at only 20.5 million. How do Americans feel about employers imposing vaccine mandates? Split, as always. A new AP poll shows half are in favor, half aren't. Same for workplace mask mandates, half in favor, half opposed. The results are a bit different for Black and Hispanic workers, both of whom tend to be more supportive of vaccine and mask mandates. In the United States cases were up 23%, deaths are up 111%, and hospitalizations are up 32% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 7,958,077 active cases in the United States.With not all states reporting daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: Florida 21,183. Texas 18,112. California 12,622. Georgia 10,823. And North Carolina 8,620. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Cook, GA. Clay, KY. Pierce, GA. Brantley, GA. Dodge, GA. Hancock, MS. Nome Census Area, AK. Glynn, GA. Berrien, GA. And McIntosh, GA. There have been at least 633,479 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 67.5%, Massachusetts at 65.5%, and Connecticut and Maine at 65.3%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 36.8%, Mississippi at 37.3%, and Wyoming at 38.2%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 51.7%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Georgia, South Korea, and Ukraine up 4%. And El Salvador and Argentina 3%. Globally, cases were up 2% and deaths were up 4% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are 18,331,093 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 169,953. India 44,558. The U.K. 38,281. Iran 36,758. And Brazil 31,024. There have now been at least 4,472,870 deaths reported as Covid-related... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 8-26-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 5:18

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 26th, 2021. The international scientists sent to China by the World Health Organization to find the coronavirus' origin said yesterday, get ready to not be surprised, the search has stalled and the window of opportunity for ever getting to the truth is “closing fast.” And the U.S. intelligence review ordered up by the US proved inconclusive. So the world's scientists and governments have proven incapable of finding out how this happened so we can help prevent it from happening again. The new Governor of New York acknowledged on her first day in office the state has had nearly 12,000 more deaths from COVID-19 than her predecessor Andrew Cuomo told the public. She said, “The public deserves an honest picture of what's happening. Good or bad, they need to know the truth. And that's how we restore confidence.” Another blow for those who believe the vaccines are more dangerous than getting COVID-19 itself. A study from Israel says an infection carries a far higher risk of heart inflammation than Pfizer's vaccine. 3 cases of heart inflammation for every 100,000 people vaccinated with Pfizer and 11 per 100,000 in people who had COVID. We're starting to see more sticks and fewer carrots. Delta is going to charge employees on its company health plan $200 a month extra if they don't get vaccinated. It says the average hospital stay for the virus costs them $40,000. They're also stopping extending pay protection to unvaccinated workers who get COVID starting September 30. Oh wait, there are still companies using carrots. Well, hardly carrots. Krispy Kreme has upped the ante and will give two free donuts every day until September 5 to anyone who shows proof of vaccination. Krispy Kreme has given out 2.5 million donuts since March when they started giving people one free donut, and they'll go back to the one donut deal after September 5 for the rest of the year. In the United States cases were up 23%, deaths are up 111%, and hospitalizations are up 32% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 7,829,286 active cases in the United States. With not all states reporting daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: Florida 26,203. Texas 21,961. California 13,583. Georgia 10,677. And Louisiana 6,619. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Cook, GA. Clay, KY. Pierce, GA. Brantley, GA. Dodge, GA. Hancock, MS. Nome Census Area, AK. Glynn, GA. Berrien, GA. And McIntosh, GA. There have been at least 632,223 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. NPR did not update the top and bottom vaccinating states so they remain: 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 67.5%, Massachusetts at 65.4%, and Connecticut and Maine at 65.1%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 36.6%, Mississippi at 36.8%, and Wyoming at 37.9%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 51.5%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Georgia up 8%. South Korea 5%. And El Salvador, Morocco, and Suriname 3%. Globally, cases were flat and deaths were up 1% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are 18,196,147 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 171,737. India 46,397. Iran 39,983. The U.K. 35,847. And Brazil 30,529. There have now been at least 4,461,819 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, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 8-25-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 5:07

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 25th, 2021.Back to school didn't go terribly well. A few weeks in, more and more school districts have given up on in-person learning or switched to hybrid models because of rising infections. More than 80 school districts or charter networks in more than a dozen states have made changes. The US President will be receiving a classified report on the origins of the coronavirus. The review was ordered back in May and involves intelligence agencies rechecking anything that could shed light on this important question. But many intelligence and science experts say don't get your hopes up, they're doubtful the report will put the question to rest, and it will be added to the “guess we'll never know” column. This news is so disturbing because few other nations have done as well in terms of both vaccinations and now booster shots than Israel. But new daily coronavirus infections in Israel are approaching record levels. The delta variant is pervasive, even amongst the vaccinated. Officials point to this as evidence the initial round of vaccines become less effective over time.Just like Alabama, Arkansas has said that's it…there are no more ICU beds for COVID patients here. It's the first time since the beginning of the pandemic the state has been maxed out as Arkansas hit a new record Monday for patients on ventilators.Remember when country music star Reba McEntire said she and her boyfriend had COVID-19? Never mind. She genuinely thought they did but her test was a false positive. They actually had a common respiratory virus, RSV. She learned the truth after getting an antibody test. RSV does copy many of the symptoms of COVID. She said, “It takes the energy plumb out of you.”In the United States cases were up 29%, deaths are up 91%, and hospitalizations are up 39% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 7,702,120 active cases in the United States.With not all states reporting daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: Florida 21,208. Texas 17,403. California 14,583. Georgia 9,186. And Tennessee 5,153. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Cook, GA. Dimmit, TX. Crockett, TN. Wayne, MS. Clarke, MS. Pierce, GA. Clay, KY. Hancock, MS. Berrien, GA. And McIntosh, GA. There have been at least 630,663 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 67.5%, Massachusetts at 65.4%, and Connecticut and Maine unchanged at 65.1%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 36.6%, Mississippi unchanged at 36.8%, and Wyoming unchanged at 37.9%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is unchanged at 51.5%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Suriname up 7%. South Korea 6%. Kyrgyzstan 4%. And South Africa and Georgia 3%. Globally, cases were up 3% and deaths were up 4% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are now once again over 18 million active cases around the world, at 18,046,186.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 147,619. India 51,016. Iran 40,623. Brazil 31,014. And the U.K. 30,838. There have now been at least 4,450,408 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 8-24-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 5:12

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 24th, 2021.As expected, now that the Pfizer vaccine has full FDA approval, the Pentagon will require all service members to get vaccinated. Over the past month, the number of service member deaths from COVID jumped from 25 to 34 – more than a one third increase.The head of the World Health Organization is calling for a 2-month moratorium on booster shots to reduce global vaccine inequality. He says he's “really disappointed” that many countries struggle to provide first and second doses while rich countries like the United States are moving forward with third doses from stockpiled vaccines.Historically committed as they are, 75 doctors from a hospital in Palm Beach Gardens in South Florida walked out of their shifts to bring attention to how hard the surge has been on facilities and staff. They say 85% of ICU beds in the state are full and urged people to “ignore the nonsense and absurdities you're hearing at public meetings and recognize the value of what a vaccine will do.”No state should brag about how well they handled the pandemic. Take Oregon. It was held up as an example as it imposed some of the strictest safety measures like mask mandates for indoors and outdoors, limits on gatherings, and restaurant closures. Now the state has more people hospitalized with COVID than ever before. One Chief Medical Officer said the early success may have actually helped the Delta variant because the aggressive measures left many population pockets with no immunity. Six more destinations have been added to the CDC's highest-risk destinations for travelers. They are Bahamas, Haiti, Kosovo, Lebanon, Morocco, and Sint Maarten. To hit this category a country has to have had more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days.In the United States cases were up 36%, deaths are up 95%, and hospitalizations are up 43% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 7,597,700 active cases in the United States.Keeping in mind several states stopped reporting daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: Florida 14,621. California 10,136. Texas 8,317. Georgia 6,734. And North Carolina 5,184. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Cook, GA. Nome Census Area, AK. Dimmit, TX. Clarke, MS. George, MS. Hancock, MS. Berrien, GA. Tift, GA. Wayne, MS. And Neshoba, MS.There have been at least 629,390 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 67.4%, Massachusetts at 65.3%, and Connecticut and Maine at 65.1%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 36.3%, Mississippi at 36.8%, and Wyoming at 37.9%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 51.5%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Bangladesh up 3%. And Malaysia, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, and Sri Lanka 2%. Globally, cases were up 4% and deaths were up 4% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are 17,996,230 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 111,134. Iran 38,657. The U.K. 31,914. Japan 22,285. And Russia 19,454. There have now been at least 4,440,279 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 8-23-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 5:27

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 23rd, 2021. By the time you hear this podcast, the Moderna vaccine may have full FDA approval. And that's going to likely result in many more vaccine mandates from businesses, municipalities, education facilities, venues, etc. Why? Because it removes some of the risk of successful legal challenges. The FDA has been conducting months of additional safety and efficacy data on the vaccines. Not to be forgotten amidst all the talk of vaccines are treatments. Regeneron's antibody cocktail, which has emergency use authorization from the FDA, treats symptoms in patients at high risk of developing severe symptoms. And the demand for it is going way up. In July, orders were for about 25,000 doses per week. Now it's up to 125,000 per week. It's a mix of two antibodies that bind to the spike protein of the virus, blocking it from infecting healthy cells. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, and his wife, Jacqueline, are hospitalized in Chicago and are reportedly “responding positively to treatments” for COVID-19. Jesse Jackson is 79, and his wife is 77. He has been diagnosed with Parkinson's. He had been vaccinated. If you think Mississippi has been lax in responding to the pandemic, check this out. A new order went out saying anyone infected must isolate for 10 days or face possible misdemeanor or even felony charges. A misdemeanor would get you a $500 fine, 6 months in prison or both. But since the coronavirus is life-threatening, you could be charged with a felony punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 or 5 years imprisonment, or both. If you've ever wondered why people believe in conspiracy theories, one new study says it's either from fear or for fun. The study published in the British Journal of Psychology says actively participating in a conspiracy give those who feel powerless a feeling they're taking some kind of action. Or, conspiratorial content was found to elicit “stronger entertainment appraisals and intense emotions.” Meaning conspiracies are exciting and give people a rush. In the United States cases were up 36%, deaths are up 95%, and hospitalizations are up 43% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 7,427,282 active cases in the United States. Keeping in mind several states stopped reporting daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: California 6,222. New York 4,047. Arizona 3,307. Texas 3,271. And Ohio 2,194. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Cook, GA. Nome Census Area, AK. Dimmit, TX. Clarke, MS. George, MS. Hancock, MS. Berrien, GA. Tift, GA. Wayne, MS. And Neshoba, MS. There have been at least 628,499 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 67.2%, Massachusetts unchanged at 65%, and Maine at 64.9%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 35.9%, Mississippi unchanged at 36.2%, and Wyoming at 37.7%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 51.1%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Suriname up 6%. Sri Lanka 5%. And Pakistan, Argentina, and Malaysia 3%. Globally, cases were up 3% and deaths were up 2% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are 17,942,283 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: Iran 36,419. The U.K. 32,253. The United States 30,810. Japan 25,492. And India 25,420. There have now been at least 4,430,758 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 8-20-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 6:22

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 20th, 2021. The World Health Organization is making it clear it is not happy with countries like the United States moving on to third booster shots. The Africa director warned such countries “make a mockery of vaccine equity.” Less than 2% of Africa's population is fully vaccinated. In Alabama, there aren't any more available ICU beds. The state has run out. In fact there were negative 29 ICU beds available Wednesday night. State health officials say, "We've never been here before." Also, Alabama surpassed Florida as the state with the highest rate of children hospitalized with Covid after the number of kids admitted increased 333% in one week. Needing an ICU bed and being unvaccinated may be a deadly combination if you're in Texas. Doctors there have been told if ICU bed availability becomes an issue, they can consider vaccination status as part of triage. Doctors have noted unvaccinated patients are suffering worse outcomes. Meaning all other things being equal, vaccinated people are deemed more likely to survive. Washington state joins those expanding vaccine mandates to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff — and anyone working at state colleges and universities. And there is no weekly testing alternative. Those unvaccinated by Oct. 18 risk losing their jobs. The unvaccinated have an answer for their critics. We didn't do this, you did. A new YouGov poll shows slightly more unvaccinated Americans blame vaccinated Americans for Delta's surge than blame themselves. 6% blame themselves, 7% blame the vaccinated. A full one third blame the US administration and the CDC. In the United States cases were up 47%, deaths are up 97%, and hospitalizations are up 56% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 7,198,006 actives cases in the United States. Keeping in mind several states stopped reporting daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: Texas 17,752. Florida 15,402. California 14,019. Georgia 9,836. And North Carolina 7,020. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Neshoba, MS. Cook, GA. Clay, KY. George, MS. Stone, MS. Columbia, FL. Tift, GA. Clarke, MS. Crockett, TN. And Attala, MS. There have been at least 625,153 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont again unchanged at 67.1%, Massachusetts at 65%, and Maine at 64.8%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama unchanged at 35.7%, Mississippi at 36.2%, and Wyoming unchanged at 37.6%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 51%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Malawi up 7%. Eswatini 6%. Kyrgyzstan 4%. And Malaysia and Morocco 3%. Globally, cases were up 8% and deaths were up 4% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are 17,652,034 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 154,917. India 37,312. The U.K. 36,572. Brazil 35,991. And Iran 31,266. There have now been at least 4,401,878 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 8-19-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 6:00

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 19th, 2021. As expected, U.S. health officials announced booster shots of Pfizer and Moderna should be available for all U.S. adults starting next month. It is an acknowledgement that the effectiveness of the vaccines could wear off significantly in as little as eight months. Officials said those who got the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will also probably need another shot, but they aren't releasing plans for that yet. Another mandate coming out of the White House yesterday; all nursing home staff will be required to be vaccinated or the facilities they work in could lose Medicare and Medicaid funding. That could also take effect as soon as next month. Hundreds of thousands of nursing home workers are not vaccinated. Why is it so important vaccine booster shots help protect against the Delta variant? Because those cases now make up more than 98.8% of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to the CDC. California has become the first state to require people to prove they've been vaccinated or have a negative test before they can attend any large indoor event with over 1,000 people. That could be conventions, conferences, expos, sporting events, and concerts. Event organizers will be in charge of enforcement. If you're supposed to wear a mask in Singapore, you should probably do it. Benjamin Glynn, a 40-year-old Brit living in Singapore for work, was filmed maskless on a public train. He was arrested and found guilty of that plus causing public nuisance and threatening public officials. At first, he was detained at a psychiatric hospital because he said COVID-19 was a hoax. In the United States cases were up 47%, deaths are up 97%, and hospitalizations are up 54% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are once again over 7 million active cases in the United States, at 7,089,424. Keeping in mind several states stopped reporting daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: Florida 23,335. Texas 18,434. California 13,023. Georgia 8,014. And Louisiana 6,606. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Neshoba, MS. Cook, GA. Clay, KY. George, MS. Stone, MS. Columbia, FL. Tift, GA. Clarke, MS. Crockett, TN. And Attala, MS. There have been at least 624,209 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 64.9%, and Maine at 64.7%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 35.7%, Mississippi at 36.1%, and Wyoming at 37.6%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 50.9%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, and South Korea up 5%. And Zimbabwe 4%. Globally, cases were up 5% and deaths were up 1% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are 17,477,559 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 158,127. Brazil 40,693. Iran 39,174. India 35,797. And the U.K. 33,904. There have now been at least 4,391,153 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 8-18-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 5:59

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 18th, 2021.Not all nations are reluctant to lock down, and New Zealand's one of them. The entire nation was put into strict lockdown for at least three days yesterday after discovery of one single case of infection. The Prime Minister said, "We've seen what happens elsewhere if we fail to get on top of it. We only get one chance.”Round three. The U.S. government is reportedly about to offer booster shots to all Americans as soon as next month. The recommendation is expected to be that booster shots are needed only eight months after the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Life for the unvaccinated will start getting a bit tougher to enjoy. People at New York City's restaurants, museums, gyms, pretty much anywhere indoors, had to show proof yesterday of at least partial inoculation. And in Chicago everyone 2 and older, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, must again wear masks when indoors in public starting Friday. In both cities businesses will be held responsible for enforcement. Customs and Border Protection seized thousands of fake vaccine cards in dozens of shipments this fiscal year, including one recently from China to New Orleans. That one was just one of 15 shipments in one night going to several different cities. Officials say they're so bad, most are very easy to spot. Debate the professional ethics of this amongst yourselves, but a doctor in Mobile, Alabama is refusing to see any more patients who aren't vaccinated. Dr. Jason Valentine is making the policy effective October 1. He says, “COVID is a miserable way to die and I can't watch them die like that.”In the United States cases were up 52%, deaths are up 87%, and hospitalizations are up 60% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 6,966,500 active cases in the United States.Keeping in mind several states stopped reporting daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: Florida 21,669. Texas 20,161. California 14,940. Georgia 7,639. And New York 3,834. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Neshoba, MS. Clay, KY. Cook, GA. Columbia, FL. Tift, GA. George, MS. Attala, MS. Crockett, TN. Stone, MS. And Berrien, GA.There have been at least 623,283 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 64.9%, and Maine unchanged at 64.6%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 35.6%, Mississippi at 35.8%, and Wyoming unchanged again at 37.3%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 50.8%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Kyrgyzstan up 5%. Trinidad & Tobago, Africa, and Nepal 4%. And Malaysia 3%. Globally, cases were up 6% and deaths were up 1% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are 17,333,486 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 137,307. Iran 50,228. Brazil 38,218. India 35,201. And France 28,114. There have now been at least 4,380,611 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 8-17-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 6:17

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 17th, 2021.For the first time since February when things were pre-vaccine, the US reported more than 900,000 cases last week. Cases are on the rise in 46 states. Just yesterday the US reported 382 deaths. Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, reported its worst day of the pandemic yesterday with 478 new infections and seven deaths. Two of the dead had gotten one dose of a two-shot vaccine. The rest were unvaccinated. Australia has one of the slowest vaccine rollouts among wealthy countries. Meanwhile Japan's state of emergency has been extended through Sept. 12 as cases continue to surge. The CDC added four places to their list of the highest-risk destinations for travelers. The newcomers are Dominica, the Island of Jersey, Montenegro, and TurkeyWith half of America rejecting the vaccines, testing for COVID is taking on a renewed sense of importance. And scientists at the National Institutes of Health believe they've developed a new, better, cheaper, and faster way to do it. The existing way involves amplifying viral RNA to detectable levels. But the RNA has to be extracted first, which is the time-consuming part. The new way can not only directly test RNA without extraction, it also inactivates the virus, making things safer for lab personnel.The NFL's Atlanta Falcons may or may not have a conference championship to boast about this year, but they do now have the distinction of being the first team in the league to reach 100% vaccination. The team had the NFL's first in-season positive COVID test and another COVID shutdown a month after that, but they have clearly turned things around. There is, however, no trophy for this. In the United States cases were up 64%, deaths are up 113%, and hospitalizations are up 70% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 6,870,886 active cases in the United States.Keeping in mind several states stopped reporting daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: Florida 17,216. California 9,542. Texas 7,985. Georgia 6,480. And Louisiana 4,457. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Neshoba, MS. Stone, MS. Columbia, FL. Wayne, MS. Lafourche, LA. Livingston, LA. Newton, MS. Tift, GA. George, MS. And Ascension, LA. There have been at least 622,292 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 64.7%, and Maine at 64.6%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 35.4%, Mississippi at 35.8%, and Wyoming unchanged at 37.3%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 50.7%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Trinidad and Tobago up 5%. Kyrgyzstan 4%. And Malaysia, Suriname, and Bangladesh 3%. Globally, cases were up 7% and deaths were up 5% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are 17,228,724 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 103,697. Iran 41,194. The U.K. 28,438. India 24,725. And Thailand 21,157. There have now been at least 4,370,447 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 8-16-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 6:27

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 16th, 2021. The director of the National Institutes of Health said the U.S. could decide in a couple of weeks to offer booster shots to Americans this fall. First in line to get them would be health care workers, nursing home residents and other older Americans. It's been peer reviewed, published in the American Journal of Therapeutics, and is the most comprehensive review of data taken from clinical, in vitro, animal, and real-world studies. The report's conclusion - ivermectin is an effective prophylaxis and treatment for COVID-19. Statistically significant reduction in mortality, time to recovery and viral clearance in COVID-19 patients. South Africa, Zimbabwe, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Mexico, and India have already approved the drug for use. Afghanistan has fallen to the Taliban, and while that has many implications, there are also implications related to COVID. They have reportedly already started banning the vaccine in certain regions of the country. Regional hospital employees have been warned to stop distributing it and vaccine wards are being closed. The number of children hospitalized for COVID-19 reached an all-time high in the US over the weekend according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Kids now make up 2.4% of those hospitalized with COVID. Texas leads the country in that with 311 pediatric hospitalizations. A 70-year-old hermit lives in a small mountain cave in Serbia. He moved there 20 years ago, sleeps on a bed of hay and lives mostly on foraged mushroom and fish from a nearby creek. He emerged from isolation a year ago to discover the pandemic ravaging the world. And even though he's an isolated hermit, even he wanted the vaccine immediately. He said he didn't understand the hesitancy, and that the virus isn't picky, and it could come to his cave. In the United States cases were up 65%, deaths are up 113%, and hospitalizations are up 69% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 6,675,581 active cases in the United States. Keeping in mind several states stopped reporting daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: California 6,524. Texas 4,627. New York 4,597. Arizona 3,052. And Pennsylvania 1,982. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Neshoba, MS. Stone, MS. Columbia, FL. Wayne, MS. Lafourche, LA. Livingston, LA. Newton, MS. Tift, GA. George, MS. And Ascension, LA. There have been at least 621,605 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 64.6%, and Maine unchanged at 64.4%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 35.1%, Mississippi at 35.5%, and Wyoming at 37.3%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 50.4%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Russia up 5%. Suriname 4%. And Malaysia, Trinidad & Tobago, and Argentina 3%. Globally, cases were up 8% and deaths were up 5% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are once again over 17 million active cases around the world, at 17,160,916. The five countries with the most new cases: Iran 36,736. India 33,221. The United States 30,883. The U.K. 26,750. And Mexico 23,642. There have now been at least 4,361,399 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 8-13-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 6:31

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 13th, 2021.The Department of Health and Human Services is the latest federal agency requiring employees who provide care or services for patients be vaccinated. That affects more than 25,000 clinicians, researchers, contractors, trainees, and volunteers. The Supreme Court said yes, universities can impose a vaccine mandate on students and faculty. It declined to block a mandate at Indiana University or provide emergency relief requested by some students who said the mandate violates their constitutional right to bodily integrity under the 14th Amendment.A vaccine sentiment survey by Verywell Health shows 27% of vaccinated respondents said they were previously against getting the vaccine. So the important question is, what was able to change their minds? The top reason—chosen by 40%—was the risk of COVID overtaking the risks of getting vaccinated. Other converts just needed some time to warm up to the idea. Vermont, as you hear almost every day in this podcast, has the highest vaccination rate in the country. Yet cases in the state rose 245% in the past two weeks, according to a Fortune analysis of New York Times data. That's the highest increase in the country over that period. The state is still among those with the lowest cases per capita. And, of course, the messaging on the vaccines has shifted from it will help you keep from getting infected to it will mitigate the severity of your COVID case. We have gone from anyone who thinks the virus leaked from a lab in China is a conspiratorial nutcase to it's a “likely hypothesis.” And that characterization comes from the head of the World Health Organization's investigation. Dr. Peter Embarek said their team was forced to conclude a lab leak was "extremely unlikely" in their official report to avoid conflicts with the Communist Chinese government.In the United States cases were up 86%, deaths are up 75%, and hospitalizations are up 82% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 6,469,453 active cases in the United States.Keeping in mind several states stopped reporting daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: Florida 24,869. Texas 14,182. California 12,063. Georgia 7,016. And North Carolina 5,900. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Neshoba, MS. Dimmit, TX. Lafourche, LA. East Feliciana, LA. Wayne, MS. Tift, GA. Iberia, LA. Terrebonne, LA. Tangipahoa, LA. And Stone, MS.There have been at least 619,098 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 68%, Massachusetts unchanged at 64.5%, and Maine at 64.4%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama unchanged at 35%, Mississippi at 35.4%, and Wyoming at 37.2%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is unchanged at 50.3%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Kyrgyzstan up 9%. Nepal and Vietnam 6%. And Trinidad & Tobago and Taiwan 5%. Globally, cases were up 13% and deaths were up 11% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are 16,804,693 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 143,537. India 40,078. Iran 39,049. Brazil 35,891. And the U.K. 33,074. There have now been at least 4,333,370 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, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 8-12-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 6:33

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 12th, 2021. California will become the first state to require all teachers and school staff to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. That applies to public and private schools, and it will also apply to school volunteers. California's two largest teachers' unions announced their full support. The FDA is expected to in the next day or so authorize vaccine booster shots for the immunocompromised. That'd be a third shot of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Even after authorization, the CDC would advise on whether to use a vaccine booster. A recent study by Johns Hopkins found vaccinated immunocompromised people are 485x more likely to end up in the hospital or die from COVID compared to the general vaccinated population. Your friends who think the vaccines endanger current and future pregnancies aren't going to like this. The CDC yesterday urged all pregnant women to get the vaccine. Hospitals in various hot spots are seeing disturbing numbers of unvaccinated mothers-to-be seriously ill with the virus. Expectant women run a higher risk of severe illness and pregnancy complications from the virus, but only about 23% have gotten at least one vaccine dose. Research in several states by the Mayo Clinic appears to show Moderna's vaccine is considerably more effective against the Delta variant than Pfizer's. While Moderna's effectiveness was down to 76%, Pfizer's was down to 42%. The study also found across multiple states, those inoculated with Pfizer were twice as likely to have a breakthrough infection compared to Moderna. If you do wind up in the hospital, you'll need people to take care of you. But in some hot spots, there's now a shortage of nurses. Just one example, one person who suffered a heart attack in Louisiana was bounced around to six hospitals before finding an ER that could take him. Hospitals are losing nurses to staffing agencies, hospitals in other states at double or triple the salary, and burnout to the point some will never return to nursing. In the United States cases were up 86%, deaths are up 102%, and hospitalizations are up 85% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 6,414,400 active cases in the United States. Keeping in mind several states stopped reporting daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: Florida 24,753. Texas 16,436. California 12,254. Georgia 6,958. And Louisiana 5,407. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Neshoba, MS. Dimmit, TX. Lafourche, LA. George, MS. Stone, MS. Terrebonne, LA. Iberia, LA. Tangipahoa, LA. Gulf, FL. And Columbia, FL. There have been at least 618,434 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 68%, Massachusetts at 64.5%, and Maine at 64.3%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 35%, Mississippi unchanged at 35.2%, and Wyoming at 37.1%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 50.3%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Kyrgyzstan up 10%. Trinidad and Tobago 5%. And Japan, El Salvador, and Nepal 4%. Globally, cases were up 15% and deaths were up 16% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are 16,699,848 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 143,459. India 43,641. Iran 42,541. Brazil 35,788. And France 30,920. There have now been at least 4,322,964 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 8-11-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 6:33

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 11th, 2021.New state level data analyzed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association shows cases among children are rising, with kids accounting for roughly 15% of all newly reported cases across the U.S. for the week ending August 5.Comedian Chris Rock may call it the McDonalds of vaccines, but a trial involving almost 480,000 health workers in South Africa shows the Johnson & Johnson vaccine helps prevent severe disease in those infected with the Delta variant. 71% effective against hospitalization and up to 96% effective against death, with a durability of eight months. The CDC announced late last month it'd move away from using the PCR test it designed to look for the virus that causes COVID-19. No, it's not because they don't work. They got approval from the FDA in July 2020 for a new one that detects coronavirus and flu and RSV. Also, hundreds of new tests have become available, many of which are more efficient for labs to process so more daily testing is possible.When doctors and nurses go on social media with anti-vaccination messages, it's especially destructive because a new poll finds most Americans have a great deal of trust in doctors, nurses and pharmacists. 70% trust them to do what's right for them and their families most or all of the time, and that's true of both Democrats and Republicans, men and women, and white, Black and Hispanic Americans.The catchphrase has been follow the science. But it could be follow the dogs. Yet another test, this one in France, has shown a golden retriever with just a month of training had a 100% COVID detection rate for nursing home patients who were symptomatic and a 94% success rate even in those who were asymptomatic. Not only that, the dog was able to sniff out the virus 48 hours before it's detectible by a PCR test. In the United States cases were up 118%, deaths are up 101%, and hospitalizations are up 87% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 6,291,232 active cases in the United States.Keeping in mind several states stopped reporting daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: Texas 16,801. California 12,902. Georgia 6,968. Louisiana 6,088. And Tennessee 3,490. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Neshoba, MS. Dimmit, TX. Lafourche, LA. Iberia, LA. Gulf, FL. Terrebonne, LA. Columbia, FL. Tift, GA. Ascension, LA. And Livingston, LA. There have been at least 618,108 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 68%, Massachusetts unchanged at 64.4%, and Maine unchanged at 64.2%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 34.9%, Mississippi unchanged at 35.2%, and Wyoming unchanged at 37%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 50.2%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Kyrgyzstan up 9%. Vietnam 6%. Nepal 5%. And Taiwan, Cambodia, and Georgia 4%. Globally, cases were up 19% and deaths were down 4% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are 16,550,767 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 101,254. Iran 39,139. India 36,316. Brazil 35,245. And Indonesia 32,081. There have now been at least 4,313,342 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, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 8-10-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 6:39

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 10th, 2021. As anticipated, members of the U.S. military will be required to get the vaccine starting next month. Memos have been distributed to all troops this is necessary to maintain military readiness. The Defense Secretary said that deadline could be accelerated if the vaccine gets final FDA approval or infection rates keep rising. A couple of good bits of news for Moderna. Its vaccine has been granted a provisional authorization in Australia to adults who are at least 18 years old. And in Switzerland, Moderna has been approved for 12- to 17-year-olds. The CDC added seven destinations to their highest risk category for travel, meaning travel to these places should be avoided. Joining the club are Aruba, Eswatini, France, French Polynesia, Iceland, Israel, and Thailand. The CDC continues to recommend against all international travel unless you are fully vaccinated. Meanwhile Canada lifted its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit. The US is however keeping those restrictions in place for Canadians. Healthcare workers may soon have a big decision to make as nearly 1,500 hospitals, about a fourth of all hospitals in the U.S., require all staffers be vaccinated. More are being added every day. At least seven states have laws against vaccine mandates. Some of those exempt health care facilities, but some prohibit employers, including hospitals, from discrimination based on vaccination status, nor do workers have to tell employers their vaccination status. A few judges in Ohio have either ordered defendants to get a vaccine or reduced sentences if the defendant got a vaccine. In the most recent case last week, a judge ordered a 21-year-old who pleaded guilty to possession of a fentanyl-related compound to get a vaccine within two months as one of several conditions to get two years' probation. The defendant's attorney did not challenge the order. In the United States cases were up 112%, deaths are up 92%, and hospitalizations are up 90% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are 6,223,361 active cases in the United States. Keeping in mind several states stopped reporting daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: Florida 28,317. California 9,976. Texas 6,158. Louisiana 5,515. And North Carolina 3,863. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Neshoba, MS. Gulf, FL. Columbia, FL. Chambers, TX. Lafourche, LA. Terrebonne, LA. Iberia, LA. Jackson, FL. And St. James, LA. There have been at least 617,307 deaths in U.S. recorded as Covid-related. The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont at 67.9%, Massachusetts at 64.4%, and Maine at 64.2%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 34.8%, Mississippi at 35.2%, and Wyoming at 37%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 50.1%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Vietnam up 7%. Nepal 6%. Kyrgyzstan 5%. Suriname 4%. And Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia 3%. Globally, cases were up 17% and deaths were down 4% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are 16,497,595 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 102,375. Iran 40,808. India 27,429. The U.K. 25,161. And Turkey 23,731. There have now been at least 4,301,576 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, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 8-09-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 6:45

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 9th, 2021. Hospitalizations are reaching all-time highs, especially in parts of the South. Some patients and their doctors are struggling to find hospitals that will take them, even if it's out of state. Louisiana set a new record for hospitalizations last week. Florida's hospitalizations recently jumped 13% above the previous peak and 60% of the state's hospitals expect a "critical staffing shortage" by this week. Houston's United Memorial Medical Center says, "We have no beds. Over the last 12 hours, we've lost more patients than in the last 5-6 weeks." Among the problems in Florida, pediatric hospitals have become “completely overwhelmed” with young patients battling COVID. Yesterday, Florida reported having the highest number of children — 172 — hospitalized. Sharp rises in admissions involving kids have also been recorded in other states like Arkansas. The head of the U.S.' second-largest teachers union made her position clear yesterday; vaccines should be required for educators before they go back to the classroom. Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers said mandates are necessary because kids can't get vaccinated and are getting COVID. Evidence out of Israel indicates even boosters won't stop breakthrough infections. 14 of its citizens got COVID despite having been inoculated with a third vaccine dose. Two are sick enough to have been hospitalized. Some 420,000 Israelis have been administered a third booster shot so far in a drive that began last week. What happens when there've been so many coronavirus variants we run out of Greek letters? Well if we're still here as a species, the World Health Organization is considering using constellations like Gemini and Aries. So far, we've used 11 of the 24 letters of the Greek alphabet so as not to offend or stigmatize countries of discovery. No word yet on if people who claim to be from the constellation Orion will have their feelings hurt. In the United States cases were up 112%, deaths are up 92%, and hospitalizations are up 83% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are now once again over 6 million active cases in the United States, at 6,051,160. Keeping in mind several states stopped reporting daily case numbers, the five states with the most new cases: California 7,105. New York 3,572. Arizona 2,639. Texas 2,141. And Missouri 1,768. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Dimmit, TX. Neshoba, MS. Gulf, FL. Columbia, FL. Chambers, TX. Lafourche, LA. Terrebonne, LA. Iberia, LA. Jackson, FL. And St. James, LA. There have been at least 616,827 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 67.7%, Massachusetts at 64.2%, and Maine at 64.1%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama unchanged at 34.6%, Mississippi unchanged at 34.8%, and Wyoming unchanged at 36.7%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 49.9%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Nepal up 7%. Trinidad and Tobago 6%. Kyrgyzstan 5%. And Zambia and Cambodia 4%. Globally, cases were up 15% and deaths were down 6% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are once again over 16 million active cases around the world, at 16,392,735. The five countries with the most new cases: Iran 39,619. India 36,035. The U.K. 27,429. Indonesia 26,415. And the United States 24,390. There have now been at least 4,293,555 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide.... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus variants, and vaccine updates for 8-06-2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 5:10

    This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots… Just the facts… for August 6th, 2021. The head of the CDC says the number of daily cases in the US has surged more than 40% from the previous week. And across the board, they're seeing increases in cases and hospitalizations across all age groups. Moderna believes people who got two doses of its vaccine will need a third dose before winter as a booster shot. They're also working on a single shot that would be an annual booster for COVID-19, as well as flu and the respiratory condition RSV. The company said, "We believe increased force of infection resulting from Delta, non-pharmaceutical intervention fatigue, and seasonal effects (like more time indoors) will lead to an increase of breakthrough infections in vaccinated individuals." California will require all of its roughly 2.2 million health care workers and long-term care workers to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 30. That's different than what the Governor said last month when he said workers would have a choice of vaccination or weekly testing. But that choice is the case for Oregon's health care workers. That order effectively neutralizes an Oregon law that says employers can't fire health care workers for not being vaccinated. Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne, has gone into a sixth lockdown. Melbourne joins Sydney and Brisbane in full lockdown due to the Delta variant. The local government said they had no choice because only 20% of Australian adults have been fully vaccinated. You might laugh a little when you hear a cable news channel was operating with its employees on the honor system, but that's what CNN was doing and now it's fired three employees who came to work unvaccinated. The head of CNN said that honor system may change in the coming weeks. In the United States cases were up 131%, deaths are up 65%, and hospitalizations are up 87% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending up since July 5. There are now 5,864,272 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 20,133. Texas 14,173. California 11,725. Georgia 5,806. And Louisiana 5,468. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Sabine, TX. Dimmit, TX. Lafourche, LA. St. Charles, LA. Stone, MS. Terrebonne, LA. St. Mary, LA. Gulf, FL. Nassau, FL. And Chambers, TX. There have been at least 615,309 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 67.7%, Massachusetts unchanged at 64.1%, and Maine unchanged at 64%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are Alabama at 34.6%, Mississippi at 34.8%, and Wyoming at 36.7%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 49.8%. The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Sri Lanka up 6%. Vietnam, Zambia, and Taiwan 5%. And Japan 4%. Globally, cases were up 17% and deaths were down 3% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending up since June 21. There are 15,965,230 active cases around the world. The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 120,945. India 45,001. Brazil 40,054. Iran 38,674. And Indonesia 35,764. There have now been at least 4,265,797 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.

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