Unvaccinated people can expect COVID-19 infections every 16 months, study suggests
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Scholars at the Yale School of Public Health say we still don’t have enough empirical data to know how long natural immunity lasts after COVID-19 infections, but the results of their recent study appear to indicate it doesn’t last very long.Source: Fox 4 KDFW
You’re not ‘fully vaccinated.’ You never will be.
When retired Gen. Colin Powell’s family announced his death Monday in a brief Facebook post, they said that the cause was “complications from Covid 19” despite being “fully vaccinated.” The former secretary of state, who was 84, had also been undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma. That kind of cancer causes marked impairments of the immune system, rendering it capable of producing only one type of antibody. In July, a study of vaccinated people with multiple myeloma found that only 45 percent had immune responses that would be “adequate” to protect them against covid. A booster dose is recommended for people with blood cancers, but no amount of vaccination can make up for an immune system that can’t fight back. To the medical community, it was no surprise that Powell could develop a severe, even fatal case of covid-19.Source: The Washington Post
Health Experts Give Green Light On Halloween 2021 Activities, Urge Vaccinations
Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the true national heroes of the Covid19 pandemic, has promised parents and kids alike that Halloween 2021 is safe. But what does that mean, and how can we ensure a healthy holiday this year?Source: The Black Wall Street Times
China sticking with ‘zero Covid’, but is it a binary choice?
A retired couple in China who tested positive for Covid-19 while touring the country’s north have sparked a race to track infections across multiple provinces and regions, becoming the latest example of the challenges for Beijing as it seeks to maintain a zero-Covid policy.Source: South China Morning Post
Small Needles and Short Lines: Biden’s Plan to Vaccinate Young Children
WASHINGTON — The campaign to vaccinate young children in the United States against the coronavirus will not look like the adult version. There will be no mass inoculation sites. Pediatricians will be enlisted to help work with parents. Even the vials — and the needles to administer doses — will be smaller.Source: The New York Times
More Yale New Haven staff get vaccinated; down to 86 let go or in process
NEW HAVEN — The number of employees in danger of losing their jobs in the Yale New Haven Health System continues to drop, with 86 staffers now either having been terminated or in the process, officials said Wednesday.Source: New Haven Register
COVID reinfections likely within one or two years, models propose
People who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 can expect to become reinfected within one or two years, unless they take precautions such as getting vaccinated and wearing masks. That’s the prediction of modelling based on the genetic relationships between SARS-CoV-2 and other coronaviruses1.Source: Nature
Sex of the fetus influences the mother’s response to Covid-19 infection, new research shows
In April 2020, as SARS-CoV-2 was first beginning to spread through New England, researchers at two hospitals in Boston — Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s — began attending deliveries in the Covid units to collect blood and placenta samples from pregnant patients who’d caught the dangerous new infectious disease. That biorepository, which has since grown to house samples from more than 1,000 people, including dozens who received either the Moderna or Pfizer Covid shots, is now helping to answer important questions about the response to the vaccines and coronavirus infection during pregnancy.Source: STAT
Colin Powell had been treated for a cancer that severely impairs the immune system, lowering coronavirus vaccine effectiveness
Colin L. Powell, the former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who died Monday of what his family described as complications from covid-19, had been treated for the blood cancer known as multiple myeloma and was due to get a coronavirus booster shot when he suddenly became ill and was hospitalized, his longtime assistant, Peggy Cifrino, said Monday.Source: The Washington Post
Alaska GOP lawmakers demand pharmacists fill ivermectin scripts for COVID-19 ‘no questions asked’
While Alaska leads the country in COVID-19 cases, the state’s Republican lawmakers continue to talk out of both sides of their mouths. On the one hand, they remain steadfast in their calls to forgo mask and vaccine mandates. On the other, they’re demanding easier access to unproven and unauthorized medicines such as ivermectin to treat the virus they’re downplaying.Source: Daily Kos
People who received a J. & J. vaccine may be better off with a Moderna or Pfizer booster, a study finds.
People who received a Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine may be better off with a booster shot from Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, according to preliminary data from a federal clinical trial published on Wednesday.Source: Free News Today
Resident vaccination rates fluctuating in CT nursing homes
In January, Gov. Ned Lamont announced that Connecticut was the first state in the nation to vaccinate all nursing home residents. By the end of that month, the state had even administered more doses than there were residents, in part because some facilities cater to residents discharged from hospitals who enter nursing homes for short periods to recover.Source: The Hour
What 6 infectious disease doctors are doing to keep their own kids safe at school
As a surge in coronavirus cases coincides with the beginning of the school year, some parents are torn — eager for their kids to attend school in person, but worried about the risks of COVID-19, especially the new variants. Source: https://pressfrom.info/us/lifestyle/health-fitness/-847732-what-6-infectious-disease-doctors-are-doing-to-keep-their-own-kids-safe-at-school.htmlSource: PressFrom
How much immunity does a prior COVID-19 infection give, and why isn't it considered with vaccine mandates?
Oct. 9—Here is a FAQ answering that and other questions The Day has been hearing recently. How much natural immunity against COVID-19 do people get from a prior infection, and why can't natural immunity be used to opt out of vaccine and testing mandates?Source: Yahoo! Finance