Global Statistics

All countries
548,935,393
Confirmed
Updated on June 26, 2022 8:18 pm
All countries
520,730,887
Recovered
Updated on June 26, 2022 8:18 pm
All countries
6,350,765
Deaths
Updated on June 26, 2022 8:18 pm
Sunday, August 14, 2022

Global Statistics

All countries
548,935,393
Confirmed
Updated on June 26, 2022 8:18 pm
All countries
520,730,887
Recovered
Updated on June 26, 2022 8:18 pm
All countries
6,350,765
Deaths
Updated on June 26, 2022 8:18 pm
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Global coronavirus deaths rise, reversing 5-week decline

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Global COVID-19 deaths rise, reversing 5-week decline

After five weeks of declining coronavirus deaths, the number of fatalities reported globally increased by 4% last week, according to the World Health Organization. In its weekly assessment of the pandemic issued on Thursday, the U.N. health agency said there were 8,700 COVID-19 deaths last week, with a 21% jump in the Americas and a 17% increase in the Western Pacific. WHO said coronavirus cases continued to fall, with about 3.2 million new cases reported last week, extending a decline in COVID-19 infections since the peak in January, the Associated Press reports. Still, there were significant spikes of infection in some regions, with the Middle East and Southeast Asia reporting increases of 58% and 33% respectively. “Because many countries have reduced surveillance and testing, we know this number is under-reported,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said earlier this week.

California anti-vaccine doctor sentenced to prison for Capitol riot

A California doctor who is a leading figure in the anti-vaccine movement was sentenced on Thursday to two months in prison for storming the U.S. Capitol, where she delivered speeches to rioters during the mob’s attack, the Associated Press reports. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington, D.C., also sentenced Dr. Simone Gold to 12 months of supervised release after her 60-day prison term and ordered her to pay a $9,500 fine. She can report to prison at a date to be determined. Gold, a former emergency room physician, founded America’s Frontline Doctors. a group known for purveying COVID-19 misinformation. The Beverly Hills-based doctor, a Stanford Law School graduate, has over 480,000 followers on Twitter. She has condemned COVID-19 lockdowns and promoted the use of unproven and potentially dangerous drugs as coronavirus treatments.

Mick Jagger feeling ‘much better’ after COVID diagnosis

Mick Jagger told fans his condition is improving after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this week. “Thank you so much for your well wishes and messages the last few days,” the Rolling Stones’ 78-year-old front man said on a social media post Wednesday. “I’m feeling much better and can’t wait to get the band back on stage next week.” The Stones were hours away from taking the stage at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena on Monday as part of their 60th anniversary tour when Jagger announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19. That shows has been rescheduled for July 7. The band also postponed a show at Bern, Switzerland’s Wankdorf Stadium on June 17. That will be rescheduled at a later date.

S.F. rents are still down from pre-pandemic levels

San Francisco’s apartment rental market has been the slowest in the country to bounce back after vacancies soared early in the pandemic, fueling a big drop in rents, new data shows.

San Francisco is the only big metro area in the U.S. where people are currently paying less for an apartment than they were before the outbreak of the coronavirus more than two years ago, according to real estate listings website Apartment List.

COVID keeps the brain cloudy for at least half a year, UCSD study finds

The neurological impact of a COVID-19 infection often persists after other symptoms have cleared up, according to an initial round of research published Wednesday by scientists at UCSD. A majority of patients in the study, published in Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, reported symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, memory impairment, and decreased concentration for up to six months after a mild or moderate case of COVID-19. Some also had coordination and cognitive issues. While the symptoms generally improved after half a year, only one-third of the participants said they were completely resolved at that point. None of the individuals in the study had any history of pre-existing neurological conditions prior to their infections.

“It’s encouraging that most people were showing some improvement at six months, but that wasn’t the case for everyone,” said senior author Jennifer S. Graves, associate professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine and a neurologist at UC San Diego Health. “Some of these participants are high-level professionals who we’d expect to score above average on cognitive assessments, but months after having COVID-19, they’re still scoring abnormally.” A handful of participants in the study displayed a previously unidentified set of symptoms that included cognitive deficits, tremors and difficulty balancing. “These are folks who had no neurological problems before COVID-19, and now they have an incoordination of their body and possible incoordination of their thoughts,” said Graves. “We didn’t expect to find this, so we want to get the word out in case other physicians see this too.” The research team said it will continue to monitor the study subjects annually for the next 10 years.

Stanford doctor warns of COVID-related staffing shortages

Abraar Karan, an infectious disease expert at Stanford, said Wednesday that the Bay Area’s current COVID-19 surge is causing staffing disruptions in the local health care system. “At one of the hospitals I work at, enough residents are sick such that we have reduced staffing on our very busy infectious disease service,” he tweeted Tuesday. Karan said he was infected for the second time last month, a pattern he is seeing with increasing frequency. “However you might feel about severity of covid & whether it’s a problem worth solving or not, having multiple doctors out of work sick at the same time is not a good thing. And that too multiple times in a year,” he said. Karan added that with the rise of more transmissible variants, it’s not enough for public officials to rely on individual responsibility to mitigate virus spread. “We need community level solutions – both in policy, and in engineering controls.”

Florida only state not to pre-order vaccines for youngest children

Every state but Florida has pre-ordered the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 from the federal government in anticipation of the shots becoming available to the last ineligible age group next week, the Miami Herald reports. State officials missed the pre-order deadline Tuesday, which means there will likely be a delay for families in accessing the vaccine from pediatrician’s offices, children’s hospitals, pharmacies and health centers. Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, who was hand-picked by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, on Tuesday said he was against providing children access to the life-saving shots. “From what I have seen, there is just insufficient data to inform benefits and risk in children. I think that’s very unequivocal,” Ladapo, who also runs Florida’s department of health, told reporters in Tallahassee, according to Orlando Weekly.

Fewer people getting flu vaccines due to polarization of COVID shots, letter suggests

The politically-charged pushback against COVID-19 vaccines is affecting influenza vaccination rates, according to a letter from researchers at UCLA published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the sensitivity analysis found that while influenza vaccine uptake remained relatively stable during the first influenza season of the pandemic, once COVID-19 vaccines became widely available influenza vaccine uptake decreased, even after adjustments were made for pandemic-related changes to accessing health care. “Our findings suggest that after the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines, factors associated with COVID-19 vaccination rates (e.g., safety concerns and mistrust of COVID-19 vaccines or government) may have spilled over to affect influenza vaccination rates,” the authors wrote.

Most of the world “high risk” for travel, CDC says

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises Americans to “avoid travel” to some of the most popular destinations around the world this summer as a majority of countries in Europe, South America, Asia, North America, and Oceana are listed as having “high risk” for COVID-19 in the agency’s updated map. That is the second-worst level in the CDC tiers, behind the classification reserved for “special circumstances.” Out of the 235 locations federal officials monitor, 135 were placed on the “high risk” tier as of Tuesday, indicating that they are reporting 100 new cases per day per 100,000 residents in the past 28 days.

FDA advisors recommend authorizing Pfizer and Modern vaccines for children under 5

The vaccine advisory committee for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday unanimously recommended the FDA grant emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months to 4 years old. The three-dose vaccine is 3 micrograms each — the second one given three weeks after the first, and the third given eight weeks after the second. The committee also recommended authorizing the Moderna vaccine for children under 5 earlier on Wednesday. Despite supporting the authorization of the Pfizer vaccine, many vaccine scientists on the committee expressed concerns because the vaccine does not appear to provide sufficient protection after two doses, and the efficacy estimate after the third dose — 80% at preventing symptomatic COVID — was based on just 10 cases. They are concerned, given the Pfizer vaccine was rolled out last year as a two-dose vaccine for adults, that parents may not realize their children won’t get full protection until after three doses.

The two-shot Moderna regimen uses doses of 25 micrograms each, smaller than the adult and older children dosages of 100 micrograms and 50 micrograms, respectively. The Pfizer and Moderna recommendations are incremental steps that will likely lead to the full FDA authorizing the two vaccine brands, after which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will review safety and efficacy data for both. The CDC is slated to make its decision over the weekend, and the shots could start going into arms as early as next week. If one or both shots are authorized, it would mark the first time the youngest Americans would be eligible to get vaccinated. Children under 5 are the last remaining age group in the U.S. to get vaccinated and many parents have been anxiously awaiting Food and Drug Administration action to protect their little ones.





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