Jill Biden tested positive for Covid and experienced “mild symptoms”, per a 4 September statement from the White House.
Tests can be ordered from COVIDTests.gov; you can order four per household.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are recommending one dose of the updated vaccine for everyone six months and older in the US; some children may be eligible for up to three doses depending on their age and previous vaccination status.
Hospitalisations and deaths rose steadily during the last weeks of summer, and global health authorities are monitoring two new variants, BA.2.86, known as Pirola, and EG.5, known as Eris.
First reported in February, Eris is now responsible for nearly 30 per cent of Covid cases in the US, per CDC estimates.
Some experts are urging Americans to wear a mask when necessary to slow the spread of the virus.
CDC Covid tracker
16,186 hospitalisations from 15 October to 21 October
The test positivity rate, as well as Covid deaths and hospitalisations, show little change from mid-October, CDC data show
From 22 Ocotber to 28 October, the national test positivity rate was nine per cent, and there was no change from the previous week, the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show.
During that time, emergency department visits from Covid dropped 5.3 per cent, while hospitalisations rose 0.1 per cent.
About 2.5 per cent of all deaths in the US were due to Covid during that time, which is similar to the rate of the previous week.
Covid vaccination rate grows slightly
More than 15 million people in the US had received the updated Covid vaccine as of 27 October, according to reporting from Reuters.
This accounts for less than five per cent of the US population.
As of 26 October last year, nearly 23 million people had received the new Covid booster.
Researchers discover biomarkers that could help predict long Covid
Scientists have learned more about who is likely to develop long Covid, and their findings could help doctors better treat the condition.
The new research—which has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal—discovered certain biomarkers that may predict long Covid.
“These findings suggest that complement biomarkers could facilitate the diagnosis of long COVID and further suggest that currently available inhibitors of complement activation could be used to treat long COVID,” the authors of the new paper wrote.
Moderna shares updated vaccine predictions
Moderna said Thursday it is likely to make close to $6 billion in sales this year, perhaps due to decreased demand for Covid vaccines, according to reporting from Reuters.
The company also said its flu shot will not be available in 2024, as was previously expected. The launch date has now been pushed to 2025.
Denny’s owner in New York State to pay $2 million for making false statements on federal Covid aid program application
The owner of multiple Denny’s restaurants in Central New York will have to pay $2 million for making false statements on an application for a federal Covid aid program, per reporting from Syracuse.com.
The whistleblower who alerted the government will receive $200,000, per reporting from WWNYTV 7 News.
CDC says vaccines are safe for breastfeeding mothers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is encouraging pregnant people and new mothers to stay up-to-date on their Covid vaccines.
Vaccine confidence in the US has fallen in the last two years, survey shows
A new survey found that from April 2021 to October 2023, the percetage of Americans who think vaccines approved for use in the US are “safe” fell from 77 per cent to 71 per cent.
The survey, conducted by experts at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) at the University of Pennsylvania, also found the percentage of adults who think vaccines are not safe jumped from nine per cent to 16 per cent during the same time period.
New research suggests masks slow the spread of Covid
A new paper published in JAMA Network Open has found masks “reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2”, the virus that causes illness with Covid-19.
“High-quality studies have shown that use of face masks in the community is associated with reduced transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and is likely to be an important component of an effective response to a future respiratory threat,” the authors of the new paper wrote.
Experts say it may be necessary to mask up in public spaces this fall and winter, if Covid case counts rise.
Millions of lives were saved by the Covid vaccines, research finds
At least 2.4 million excess deaths were prevented after the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, new research suggests.
However, more lives would have been saved had vaccine access been equitable across the globe.
Experts say staying up-to-date on all vaccines is still the best way to protect yourself from severe disease from Covid.
‘Bedbound’ long Covid patient shares how the illness has made it difficult to celebrate Halloween
Dianna Cowern says she’s been “bedbound” due to long Covid since January.
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