Yale professor: COVID-19 more likely to come from nature than through lab leak
COVID-19 is far more likely to have come from nature than through a laboratory accident, said a U.S. professor during a recent interview. Talking about the origin-tracing study, Dean of the Yale School of Public Health Prof. Sten Vermund covered the six previously known coronaviruses, and pointed out that the novel coronavirus seems to be of natural origins instead of the lab leak hypothesis.Source: CCTV.com English
Ivermectin: Why are people taking an anti-parasite drug for horses to treat COVID?
Ivermectin is a drug primarily used to treat parasites, especially in livestock. But some prominent conservative media figures have been touting it as the pandemic’s next miracle drug, like podcaster Joe Rogan, who recently tested positive.Source: KCRW
California is seeing covid-19 cases drop. Has the state turned the tide on the delta variant?
The delta variant of the coronavirus roared into California midsummer, striking hard even in places where many people were vaccinated. Cases spiked. Hospitals again began to swell with patients. The daily death toll climbed into the triple digits for the first time in months.Source: The Washington Post
The South’s soaring COVID rates show why we need vaccine mandates so urgently
On July 4, 1776, the First Continental Congress appointed Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin to a committee to design “a seal for the United States of America.” The motto they proposed a month later was the Latin phrase “E Pluribus Unum,” which was adopted by Congress six years later. This founding spirit of unity is now being challenged, improbably and irresponsibly, by politically motivated responses to the public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Source: Yahoo! News
Here’s Where To Get A COVID Test In NYC—And How Much It Will Cost
As more New Yorkers got vaccinated against COVID-19 this spring and summer, interest in getting tested for the virus declined, bottoming out in early July. But demand has resurfaced in recent weeks, likely driven by offices reopening, kids going back to school, a rise in cases due to the highly contagious delta variant and general concerns about another surge. Many workplaces are requiring those who are not vaccinated to get tested for the coronavirus weekly, per a new federal mandate.Source: Gothamist
What is ivermectin, and how did people get the idea it can treat covid?
The idyllic photo of a chestnut horse appeared on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Instagram feed in August, along with a blunt caption: “You are not a horse. Stop it with the #Ivermectin. It’s not authorized for treating #COVID.”Source: The Washington Post
Transcript: Liu Xin interviews Sten Vermund on virus origins tracing
The U.S. intelligence community has failed to shed any new light on the origins of SARS-CoV-2, and no evidence had been found to suggest that a lab in Wuhan was unsafe or tinkering with the virus. This did not come as a surprise for many given the deep scientific nature of thus task.Source: CGTN
No More Half-Measures: Biden Signals New Era in Struggle Against Covid-19
Facing an increasing number of new Covid-19 cases and deaths, President Joe Biden Thursday unveiled a more aggressive strategy in his war on the novel coronavirus — most notably, expansive federal vaccine requirements estimated to impact as many as 100 million Americans. In a speech, Biden outlined other details of his new six-step plan aimed directly at stopping the rapid spread of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 — while calling out those who have refused inoculation.Source: Rolling Stone
COVID-19 surge in the US: The summer of hope ends in gloom
WASHINGTON (AP) — The summer that was supposed to mark America’s independence from COVID-19 is instead drawing to a close with the U.S. more firmly under the tyranny of the virus, with deaths per day back up to where they were in March.Source: AP News
Israeli Study Finds Third Shot Provides Significant Boost in Covid-19 Immunity
When it comes to Covid-19 vaccinations, it appears the third time is a charm. A new Israeli study finds that people who get a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have a significantly lower risk of infection from the coronavirus, including the more dangerous Delta variant.Source: Smithsonian Magazine
Q&A: What Do Holidays Mean For Connecticut's COVID-19 Cases?
On holidays, the state of Connecticut does not put out any new COVID-19 numbers to show where we stand in the pandemic. So, let's talk about why holidays, in general, raise red flags for health experts when it comes to COVID-19.Source: NBC Connecticut
Yale doc: 10,000 people in CT have received third COVID shot
Since the Food and Drug Administration authorized a third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised adults on Aug. 13, more than 1 million people in the U.S. have received an additional dose, including about 10,000 individuals in Connecticut.Source: CT Insider