COVID in California: First case of BA variant 2.75 detected in the state

COVID in California: First case of BA variant 2.75 detected in the state

The spread of the Corona virus in the spring that has turned into a wave of corona viruses in the summer is starting to lead to more hospitalizations, although the amount of serious diseases is still much lower than it was before widespread vaccination. There’s better news about vaccines for infants and toddlers: Just three weeks after the toddler shots were approved, Bay Area counties are seeing uptake rates that are higher than state and national numbers.

Federal officials say some COVID survivors have ‘disability symptoms’ that can last for months

Some people infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can experience long-term effects of infection for weeks, months or years, according to an update on post-COVID conditions published Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency said prolonged COVID symptoms are more common in people who are severely ill from the virus, but can also occur in people who have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. According to the most recent data, about 13.3% of people who contracted COVID-19 reported long-term symptoms after 1 month, with this percentage jumping to more than 30% for 6 months or more among patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Ashish Jha, the White House COVID response coordinator, said in an interview with NPR that the Biden administration is working on a coordinated response to the growing health crisis. “Estimates here are tough but in single figures, 5, 10% of people who end up with significant symptoms, sometimes symptoms of disability, in the past months. Of course, there are some people who have had it now for two years. That is a real problem.”

The BA.2.75 variant has been in the Bay Area since last month

Seven cases of the BA.2.75 omicron variant were discovered in the United States in June, according to data from GISAID, a global database of genetic sequencing. Cases of COVID-19 linked to the variant have been identified in at least 12 countries, including India, where it is leading to a new increase. Nationwide, two cases have been found in California and one each in Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Washington. California cases were picked up in Bay Area wastewater samples from mid-June. The World Health Organization has classified BA.2.75 as a “variable of concern – lineage under surveillance”, which means that the agency is closely monitoring the omicron branch. “There are still limited sequences to analyze, but this sub variant appears to have some mutation in the receptor binding domain of the spike protein, so this is clearly an essential part of the virus that attaches itself to the human receptor,” said Dr Somya. Swaminathan, chief scientist at the World Health Organization, in an update. “So we have to keep an eye on that.”

Fourth dose of vaccine cuts COVID deaths in older adults by 72% in new study

A fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine led to a 72% reduction in death rates among the elderly, according to a study conducted by researchers in Israel. Scientists at Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University and the Ministry of Health compared data for 24,088 people in nursing homes who received a fourth dose of the BNT162b2 vaccine, made by Pfizer-BioNTech, versus 19,687 nursing home residents who received just three doses. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that the extra dose reduced the risk of infection by 34%, and reduced hospitalization by more than 60%.

Judge dismisses Republican lawsuit blaming China for COVID-19

On Friday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Republican Attorney General of Missouri, Eric Schmidt, blaming China for the outbreak of the Corona virus, the Associated Press reported. The complaint filed in April 2020 alleges that Chinese officials are “responsible for the massive death, suffering, and economic losses inflicted on the world, including the people of Missouri.” US District Judge Stephen Limbaugh said in his 38-page ruling that in this case, federal rules prohibit the prosecution of a sovereign foreign entity in US courts. Limbaugh stated in the last line of the dismissal order: “Generally speaking, the court has no choice but to dismiss this new complaint for lack of jurisdiction in the matter.” Earlier in the opinion, the judge noted that the civil lawsuit against China is one of the many lawsuits filed “amid the wreckage of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Schmidt’s office said it would appeal the ruling.

Senate Majority Leader Schumer tests positive for COVID-19

His spokesman said Sunday night that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has tested positive for COVID-19 and has reported very mild symptoms. Schumer, 71, has been fully vaccinated and has received two booster doses, spokesman Justin Goodman said in a statement. The New York Democrat will follow federal health guidelines and quarantine this week while working remotely, The Associated Press reports. “Anyone who knows Chief Schumer knows that even if he is not physically present in the Capitol, through virtual meetings and his trademark foldable phone he will continue to work with his strong agenda and remain in near-constant contact with his colleagues,” Goodman said.

The United States orders 3.2 million doses of Novavax vaccine

The Biden administration will purchase 3.2 million doses of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine after federal regulators gave it the green light, the Department of Health and Human Services and the drug company announced Monday. Shot will be the fourth brand of coronavirus vaccine offered free of charge in the United States after the Food and Drug Administration authorized its emergency use and was recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Reuters reported. The version of Novavax, used in more than 40 countries, is a more traditional protein-based vaccine than the widely used Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines in the United States, and Maryland-based Novavax hopes to have successes with the 27 million American adults who haven’t. After receiving vaccinations.

Infants and young children in the Bay Area are being vaccinated faster than anywhere else

Vaccine uptake among infants and young children in the Bay Area appears to far exceed state and national rates, according to early figures provided by several local health departments. In nearly three weeks since vaccines became available to infants and toddlers, 12% of children under five in San Francisco got their first vaccine, compared to the rate among 5- to 11-year-olds at the same stage in their previous rollout, according to As mentioned by San Francisco. Department of Public Health. Read more about the surprisingly early success of the Gulf region in getting their smallest shots.

Hospital admissions in the Gulf region rise amid the continued spread of the Corona virus

Hospital admissions of COVID-19 in California and the Bay Area are at their highest level since February, when the region was still emerging from the winter spell in Omicron. As of Friday, there were 770 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the Bay Area, and the number of ICU admissions increased to 94 from 63 a month ago. But the hospitalization rate is still much lower than any previous increase and deaths are fortunately rare. Read more about the rising toll that won’t go away.

BA.2.75 variant detected in California – one of two cases in the United States

A new substrain of the omicron variant, of the coronavirus, called BA.2.75, has been discovered in California, according to variant tracking data from GISAID. It is one of two confirmed cases of the new strain in the United States, with the other one identified in Washington. BA.2.75 is the rapidly becoming dominant form in India and has been reported in at least 10 other countries but little is known about it. It is said to have 40 mutations, according to Dr. Ilan Shapiro, AltaMed’s medical director. “We don’t know if our immunity will actually work against it, natural immunity or with vaccines,” he said in an interview with KCRA. We are watching what is happening in India and other countries. We hope to do well and maintain vaccination rates.”

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grants full approval for the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 years

The US Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has received full approval for use in children ages 12 to 15. “The approval follows a rigorous analysis and evaluation of safety and efficacy data conducted by the Food and Drug Administration,” the agency said in brief. The vaccine has been available to the age group since May 2021 under an emergency use license. The latest development may help update the date when vaccine mandates for schools go into effect for children of middle and high school age.

Study says wastewater can serve as an early warning system for new variables

Scientists can now detect novel coronavirus variants before they appear in tests, according to research from the University of California, San Diego. Rob Knight, a microbiologist who co-authored the study published in Nature Thursday, told Scientific American that over the past year, his lab has tracked “wave after wave of different viruses” through the sewage sequence. He said his lab detected alpha and delta variants of the coronavirus in wastewater two weeks before picking up the strains by scanning and testing in clinics, and found Omicron 10 days before the first person in San Diego tested positive for the variant. Scientists hope their research will help increase the public health response before the next COVID-19 virus emerges. “When the next strain comes along, we’ll be ready for it,” Knight said.

New York City officials recommend hiding enclosed spaces as cases increase

Officials are urging New Yorkers to wear high-quality face masks indoors and near crowds due to a wave of new coronavirus infections. “We are currently seeing high levels of COVID-19 in New York City,” the Department of Health Friday said on Twitter. “To help slow the spread, all New Yorkers should wear a quality mask, such as N95, KN95, or KF94, in all indoor public spaces and around crowds outside.” The city’s positive rate of testing was 15.4%, the highest since January. The city is also in the process of updating its COVID alert system due to BA.4 and BA.5 variants. “A new species, new variants, are finding their way into the city,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams said at a press conference this week. “And as it unfolds, and as it unfolds, we continue to pivot and transform. Now we are looking for and hiring experts from all over the world, and figuring out how do we continue to prepare New Yorkers and Americans to deal with the transformation and transformation of COVID?”

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