As the highly-contagious delta variant continues to spread, outbreaks of Covid-19 cases are being seen in parts of the country that have the lowest vaccination rates.
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The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. Among people infected by the Delta variant of the coronavirus, fully vaccinated people with "breakthrough" infections may be just as likely as unvaccinated people to spread the virus to others, new research suggests. In one Wisconsin county, after Delta became predominant, researchers analyzed viral loads on nose-and-throat swab samples obtained when patients were first diagnosed.
We need to stop underestimating the coronavirus and adopt a multilayered approach to prevention and treatment so we can eliminate COVID-19 as a life-threatening disease.
Costco, Kroger, Target, Walmart and Apple change mask policies, as CDC warns about rise in delta variant
The agency now recommends that people, regardless of vaccination status, wear face masks indoors again in certain situations.
Waking up with bites in the morning is never a great feeling, but it's important to note which bug they came from. Here's how to tell the difference.
If you’re an older American, chances are you have problems sleeping. Whether it’s difficulty getting to sleep, waking up in the middle of the night or having trouble going back to sleep once you’re awake, getting enough sleep is a luxury many people don’t have. A 2015 paper cited estimates that 65%–about two out of three–of older adults report at least one sleep-related problem. They include insomnia, nocturnal urination, sleep apnea and other conditions.
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"Orally administered, single pill, given for seven to ten days, little drug-drug interaction and low toxicity," Fauci said in a conversation with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "Give me that, and I'll be really happy."
No deaths, few hospitalizations, but 74% of those testing positive for COVID-19 in Massachusetts outbreak were vaccinated
A federal investigation into a COVID-19 outbreak earlier this month in a Massachusetts county that's home to Cape Cod found that 74% of the 469 infections were among vaccinated people, a finding that raises questions about the prevalence of breakthrough infections.
About 40% of us will experience some form of memory loss after age 65. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6.2 million Americans over the age of 65 are living with Alzheimer’s disease, 11% of the elderly population. Alzheimer’s disease is twice as prevalent among older Blacks and 1.5 times more common among Hispanics as it is among older whites.
- CBS News
Most cancers linked to alcohol use were in people who have more than two drinks a day.
- The State
“We are seeing the impact of the second (COVID-19) surge here at Children’s Hospital in a much more powerful way than we ever saw with the first surge,” said Dr. Anna Kathryn Rye Burch, with Prisma Health Children’s Hospital. “It’s a scary thing.”
A proposal: Hold the intentionally unvaccinated liable for any costs if their decisions harm others.
- Business Insider
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defends unvaccinated people who are catching COVID-19: Media is being 'judgmental'
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defended unvaccinated people who are testing positive for COVID-19, saying, "Nobody's trying to get ill here."
- Good Morning America
On average, more than two million people are being screened daily at U.S. airports, according to the Transportation Security Administration. "You should be able to avoid transmission if everyone around you is wearing a mask and you're wearing a mask." Dr. Anne Rimoin, an epidemiology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said whether or not it's safe to travel also very much depends on your vaccination status.
- The Telegraph
The world's longest Covid sufferer had the virus for nearly 11 months during which time it mutated 40 times, using her as a "gym" to get fitter, scientists have discovered.
- Business Insider
24 vaccinated friends had a blowout vacation on Cape Cod. Though their symptoms were mild, 14 of them caught COVID-19, report says.
The cases were part of a bigger study that led the CDC to change its indoor masking guidance for vaccinated people.
- Los Angeles Times Opinion
A physician says parents are needlessly worried about sending their kids to school because of a virus that's about as dangerous to kids as the flu.
"Go get vaccinated," Genevieve Gorder urged her followers on Sunday, as she gave a positive update on "Day 7" of her battle with the Delta variant, after getting fully vaccinated earlier this year
Only four states have been affected.
- CBS News Videos
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss delta concerns as a new CDC study found vaccinated people made up 74% of cases in a beach town outbreak in Massachusetts.
- Washington Examiner
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice launched a plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the delta variant without reimplementing any restrictions on people or businesses.