Overnight Healthcare: Delta Fears Economy Affects US Cases | Pediatric group recommends masks for students over 2 years of age | Federal judge won’t block Indiana University’s vaccine mandate
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Today: The stock market crashed on concerns about the Delta variant. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended the wearing of a universal mask for all students over the age of 2, and a federal judge ruled not to block Indiana University’s vaccine needs.
We start with the Delta variety:
Delta fears rock the economy as cases rise across the country
The delta variant of the coronavirus is sweeping the United States, increasing the average number of cases to 30,000 per day, overcrowding hospitals in areas with large numbers of unvaccinated people, and raising questions about the nation’s recovery from the pandemic.
Shares fell on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial average falling 725 points after falling more than 900 points at the same time.
It was the Dow’s worst one-day performance since last October, following losses in markets around the world as investors feared the delta virus could slow both health and economic recovery.
Divide into vaccinated and unvaccinated: Health officials have described the latest stage of the coronavirus as a pandemic of the unvaccinated and stressed that those who received their vaccinations are relatively safe.
Sten Vermund, a professor at the Yale School of Public Health, said he was “not particularly concerned” about COVID-19 for himself because he was fully vaccinated.
“What worries me are my compatriots in America who, for various reasons, choose not to get vaccinated; they are still in danger, “said Vermund.
Cases, deaths are increasing: While the average 30,000 cases per day are more than double the average of 13,000 at the end of June, that rate is still well below the highs seen last fall and early this year.
Nevertheless, deaths are also increasing again at around 240 per day.
Read more here.
Pediatrician group recommends masks for students over 2 years old when schools reopen
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Monday recommended that all students aged 2 and over, regardless of their vaccination status, wear masks when schools reopen in the fall.
The leading pediatric organization called for universal maskingIt should be noted that most school-age children are not yet eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and many schools have no plans to track the vaccination status of students and staff.
“There are many children and others who cannot be vaccinated,” Sara Bode, elected chair of the AAP Council on School Health Executive Committee, said in a statement. “That’s why it’s important to use every tool in our toolkit to protect children from COVID-19.”
Support with the reopening: However, the AAP said it “strongly recommends face-to-face learning,” adding that if students do not return to classrooms, children are at greater risk for mental health problems and developmental setbacks.
The Pediatrics Group acknowledged that current research suggests that reopening schools with safeguards such as masking “does not significantly increase community transmission”. But with variants like delta strain spreading, the transmission detected by AAP could increase.
Overall, opening schools with effective security, including masking, is the right move, according to the AAP.
Read more here.
CDC says that as COVID-19 cases rise, “travel” to the UK should be avoided
The CDC warned Americans on Monday to avoid all non-essential trips to the UK due to rapidly rising coronavirus cases.
The agency issued a level 4 warning, the highest level, recommending that people should get vaccinated if travel cannot be avoided.
“Due to the current situation in the UK, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 variants”, advice Remarks.
Separately from it also the Ministry of Foreign Affairs own issued Level 4 “do not travel” warning.
COVID-19 in the UK: The warnings come at the same time as the UK government lifted most of the country’s remaining coronavirus restrictions. Face covering is no longer required and the distance rules and capacity restrictions are lifted.
In the past month, new cases have skyrocketed in the country, powered by the highly contagious Delta variant. For the first time since January, cases last week exceeded 50,000 cases per day, and the 7-day moving average is close to 45,000 cases.
Read more here.
When a door closes, another border opens: Canada will open the border to vaccinated Americans starting August 9th
Fully vaccinated Americans and permanent residents will be allowed to enter Canada for non-essential travel from August 9, Canadian government ministers said Monday.
The Canadian government announced that those who have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days will be allowed to enter the country for unnecessary travel on that day.
The announcement was the first step in opening the country’s border to all international tourists after non-essential travel has been banned since March 2020. Nothing changes to the mandatory test requirements for unvaccinated travelers.
How to cross the border: Adults entering the country will be required to provide proof (in either English or French) that they have received a full round of one of the vaccines approved in Canada. The government will only recognize vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.
American tourists are still required to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival, but are exempt from the 14-day quarantine and two coronavirus tests after arrival.
Children under 12 who cannot yet be vaccinated or a dependent child of any age who cannot be vaccinated are exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement as long as they are traveling with a parent or legal guardian and meet all public requirements Health.
What’s next: The Canadian government announced that it would open the country’s borders to fully vaccinated travelers from all countries on September 7, if conditions remain favorable.
Read more here.
Federal judge won’t block Indiana University’s vaccine mandate
Indiana University’s student and employee vaccination requirements remain in place after a federal judge declines to issue an injunction against the policy.
Judge Damon Leichty of the Northern District of Indiana denied the restraining order following a lawsuit filed by eight students who argued that the policy violated their constitutional rights and state law.
The decision means the school’s vaccination mandate will remain in place while the case is decided.
The lawsuit comes as vaccination rates stagnated in many Republican states and counties, leading to a new surge in coronavirus infections.
Indiana’s flagship public university announced in May that its more than 100,000 students, faculty and staff will need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Read more here.
What we read
Novavax’s effort to vaccinate the world from zero to not quite warp speed (Kaiser health news)
How Delta is pushing the US into a new phase of the Covid-19 pandemic (statistics)
Southeast Asian countries are struggling to contain a devastating third wave of COVID-19 (NPR)
State by state
The Mayor of Springfield warns the national audience that the COVID surge in “Face the Nation” (Springfield News Leader)
The Arkansas governor’s vaccination tour reveals a deep distrust (Associated press)
An increasing proportion of coronavirus tests that are positive in Texas is fueling fears of another wave (Houston public media)
Comments in The Hill
Keep it Local: How America Can Meet Its Vaccine Challenge
Data reveal great opportunity to complete the vaccine job
The democratic majority depends on lowering drug prices