The new ‘test to treat’ initiative aims to get ahead of the next Covid wave before it starts. The Biden administration strategy is aimed at identifying positive cases & dispensing oral antiviral treatments in early-phase infection—all via local pharmacies https://t.co/8CFj2cglK9
— delthia ricks ? (@DelthiaRicks) April 6, 2022
This is a BFD Biden deal — read the WHOLE thing:
Going into the third year of the pandemic, public health experts are developing strategies to work within communities to have a more nimble and rapid response to COVID-19 infection rates.
C. Michael White, a professor of pharmacy practice, and Adrian V. Hernandez, a clinical epidemiologist, both from the University of Connecticut, explain how the Biden administration’s new “test to treat” initiative will make use of pharmacies in this effort. The strategy is to quickly identify those who are positive for COVID-19 and to provide oral antiviral treatments in the early days of illness when it is deemed necessary—all through the easy access of a local pharmacy. And they discuss how the strategy falls short of addressing the needs of underserved communities…
An FDA panel is exploring the challenges of revamping coronavirus vaccines. Panelists at a recent meeting underscored how many uncertainties lie ahead, including whether a vaccine that works better against variants can be ready by fall https://t.co/qF60bqsJBY
— delthia ricks ? (@DelthiaRicks) April 7, 2022
Six in ten American adults support masking in public settings to limit COVID-19 transmission.
Black and Hispanic and low-income Americans as well as those with chronic health conditions were more likely to support continued masking.
— Anne Sosin (@asosin) April 6, 2022
The World Health Organization says the number of coronavirus cases reported globally has dropped for a second consecutive week. WHO said 9 million cases were reported last week, a 16% decline. The more than 26,000 COVID deaths also represented a decline. https://t.co/xvcROhEMzi
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 6, 2022
Shanghai’s 25 million people under lockdown indefinitely. Chinese social media shows some breaking out of lockdown to protest, chanting: “we want freedom”; “why are you starving us?”
Much of the dissent is censored. Most of videos in our story were erased from the internet @cnn pic.twitter.com/QUHrfqEhiG
— Selina Wang (@selinawangtv) April 6, 2022
“Children are actually in need of special care.”
Shanghai parents will no longer be separated from their kids infected with #Covid19 as long as they “fully comprehend the health risks.” The city reported almost 20,000 new cases Wednesday https://t.co/Wef4qo0mG7 pic.twitter.com/FFMrNHyLap
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) April 7, 2022
As seen on Weibo: Shanghai residents go to their balconies to sing & protest lack of supplies. A drone appears: “Please comply w covid restrictions. Control your soul’s desire for freedom. Do not open the window or sing.” https://t.co/0ZTc8fznaV pic.twitter.com/pAnEGOlBIh
— Alice Su (@aliceysu) April 6, 2022
The Shanghai government said on Thursday it was trying its best to improve the distribution of food and essential goods to locked-in residents, responding to growing public discontent as COVID curbs stretched into an 11th day.
China’s financial hub has fallen largely silent after the city imposed harsh curbs to stem the spread of COVID under the country’s “zero tolerance” policy, with only healthcare workers, volunteers, delivery personnel or people with special permission allowed on the streets.
Authorities say that has whittled the number of couriers, who must keep the city’s 26 million residents supplied, to just 11,000. Still operating but overloaded services include Meituan (3690.HK) and Alibaba’s (9988.HK) Freshippo online grocery platform and its Ele.me service…
The Shanghai branch of China’s Communist Party called on members to “dare show their swords and fight against all kind of behaviour that interferes with and destroys the overall efforts against the pandemic” in an open letter on Wednesday night.
Shanghai has sufficient reserves of staples such as rice and meat, but issues have cropped up in distribution and last-mile deliveries because of epidemic control measures, Shanghai’s vice mayor, Chen Tong, said at a news conference on Thursday.
He said the city would try to reopen some wholesale markets and food stores and allow more delivery personnel out of locked-down areas. Officials will also crack down on price gouging, he added.
Many residents are beginning to worry about food and drinking water, as well as obtaining products such as infant formula…
China’s most-populous city has yet to give an indication of when lockdown measures will be lifted, fuelling uncertainty and prompting European businesses and economists to warn about the mounting toll they are having on its economy and attractiveness as an international financial hub.
The economic impact is not confined to Shanghai, however, with 87 out of China’s top 100 cities imposing some level of restrictions on activity and mobility “in hopes of keeping COVID under control and avoiding Shanghai’s fate”, Gavekal Dragonomics analyst Ernan Cui said in a note on Thursday…
Although Shanghai’s case numbers remain small by global standards, the city has emerged as a test bed for China’s “dynamic clearance” strategy, which seeks to test, trace and centrally quarantine all positive cases and close contacts.
Shanghai has converted dozens of buildings into quarantine facilities that can house tens of thousands of positive cases.
The youth population of Africa have joined the fight against covid to promote vaccination – 70% is the target – period! More partnerships with @africacdc, like that of @MastercardFdn, and global funding are urgently needed to support Africa’s efforts! pic.twitter.com/ditRFWEj4y
— John Nkengasong (@JNkengasong) April 6, 2022
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) April 6, 2022
… XE contains a mix of the previously highly infectious omicron BA.1 strain, which emerged in late 2021, and the newer “stealth” BA.2 variant, currently the U.K.’s dominant variant.
It is what’s known as a “recombinant,” a type of variant that can occur when an individual becomes infected with two or variants at the same time, resulting in a mixing of their genetic material within a patient’s body.
Such recombinants are not uncommon, having occurred several times during the coronavirus pandemic.
Data on the new variant’s severity and ability to evade vaccines is not yet clear, though early estimates suggest it could be more transmissible than earlier strains.
UKHSA data shows XE has a growth rate of 9.8% above that of BA.2, while the World Health Organization has so far put that figure at 10%.
The earliest confirmed XE case in Britain has a specimen date of Jan. 19 of this year, suggesting it could have been in circulation in the population for several months. It has also been detected beyond the U.K. in Thailand.
It comes as the U.K. faces a new surge in infections. Still, the XE variant currently accounts for less than 1% of total Covid cases that have undergone genomic sequencing there…
…Glasses wearers may have lower COVID-19 risk
People who regularly wear glasses have a moderately lower risk of contracting COVID-19 while contact lenses offered no added protection, according to a large study that highlights the importance of the eye as a route of coronavirus infection.
More than 19,000 participants in the Virus Watch study in England and Wales responded to a questionnaire on the use of glasses and contact lenses. Starting as early as June 2020, participants had been reporting weekly on their COVID-19 status, and more than 11,000 provided monthly blood samples to show whether or not they had been infected with the coronavirus. After taking other risk factors into account, the researchers found a 15% lower risk of infection for those who reported wearing glasses always for general use compared to those who never wore glasses. The protective effect was reduced in those who said their glasses interfered with mask wearing, and there was no protective effect seen for contact lens wearers, according to a report posted on Monday on medRxiv ahead of peer review.
“Protective eye wear should be considered as part of broader strategies to prevent community transmission of infection and may be valuable to consider in the event of future pandemics and in high exposure occupations including healthcare,” the researchers said.
Blood clot risk higher for six months after having Covid, study suggests https://t.co/vjAB8vPLYD
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) April 7, 2022
This should be unbelievable, except scaremongering lies is all too rewarding (emotionally & otherwise)…
— AP Fact Check (@APFactCheck) April 6, 2022
2 surveys now show that scientists experienced extreme harassment during the pandemic, ranging from personal insults to death threats. Those w/ a greater news-media presence have been more likely to be harassed. Dr. Peter Hotez, a key target, calls it anti-science aggression https://t.co/PkMZEOdqqN
— delthia ricks ? (@DelthiaRicks) April 6, 2022