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Blood Donor Study Estimates Over 80% of American Adults Now Have Coronavirus Antibodies

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Samples being prepared for a blood test.Photo: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP (Getty Images) New research indicates that over 80% of American adults now have antibodies to the coronavirus, earned either through infection or vaccination. The study, based on data collected from blood donors, estimates that over 80% of Americans over the age of 16 had these antibodies as of May 2021. The authors do caution, however, that their results may not be generalizable to the entire U.S. population. The study, published Thursday in JAMA, is the work of researchers from various blood donation organizations as well as the Centers for Disease Control […]

Joe Rogan has Covid – and his treatment will make health experts feel ill | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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Joe Rogan, the host of Spotify’s most popular podcast, has contracted Covid, he announced on Wednesday. He says he is feeling better – but his health update undoubtedly made health experts instantly sick. On Instagram, the podcaster, who professes not to be “an authority on health” but has discouraged young people from getting the coronavirus vaccine, said that he had “immediately thrown the kitchen sink” at his infection. Among the many medications he used, he said, was ivermectin, a drug used against parasites in humans and livestock. Rogan, described by the New York Times as “one of the most consumed […]

WHO monitoring new coronavirus variant named Mu | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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The World Health Organization has added another version of coronavirus to its list of “variants of interest” amid concerns that it may partially evade the immunity people have developed from past infection or vaccination. The Mu variant, also known as B.1.621, was added to the WHO’s watchlist on 30 August after it was detected in 39 countries and found to possess a cluster of mutations that may make it less susceptible to the immune protection many have acquired. According to the WHO’s weekly bulletin on the pandemic, the Mu variant “has a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of […]

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Heartbreaking video shows reality of lockdown funerals – NZ Herald

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The heartbreaking reality of lockdown funerals has been laid bare with video showing the moment a grieving daughter has to watch as the hearse carrying her mother drives into a cemetery without her. As the country enters into its first day split between alert levels, New Zealanders still face harsh restrictions on funerals – with those under level 4 forced to stay away entirely. Video released by Tipene Funerals shows just what these restrictions mean, offering a sobering view of life and death in lockdown. Video shot from a hearse driving into Auckland’s Manukau Memorial Gardens shows how the car […]

Unvaccinated teacher infected half her students with Covid, CDC finds | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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An unvaccinated teacher in a California elementary school infected half her students and 26 people in total when she contracted the Covid-19 Delta variant, researchers for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found. The researchers said the teacher attended school for two days despite displaying symptoms of Covid-19, and read aloud to her class without a mask during that time. Infections corresponded to the classroom’s seating chart, with the students sitting closest to the teacher the most likely to be infected. Authorities said the report showed why vaccinations, masks and other prevention measures remain critical to prevent […]

South Africa detects new coronavirus variant, still studying its mutations | Reuters

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C.1.2 contains mutations present in WHO variants of concern Scientists running lab tests to understand more about variant Still appears to account for small share of South Africa’s cases JOHANNESBURG, Aug 30 (Reuters) – South African scientists have detected a new coronavirus variant with multiple mutations but are yet to establish whether it is more contagious or able to overcome the immunity provided by vaccines or prior infection. The new variant, known as C.1.2, was first detected in May and has now spread to most South African provinces and to seven other countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania, according […]

Covid cases in England are 26 times higher than a year ago | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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Coronavirus infections in England are now 26 times the levels that were experienced this time last year, according to the Office for National Statistics. Scientists described the figures as “sobering”. They warned that the reopening of schools in England this week was likely to trigger further rises in Covid cases – with more to follow when students return to universities and colleges. A fresh wave of infections could, in turn, lead to new social restrictions being imposed as winter approaches. As a result, pressure is mounting on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to approve the deployment of booster […]

What Went Wrong With the Coronavirus Pandemic in Florida – The New York Times

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In the first week of August, the state recorded another 5,600 deaths. But because mortality rates normally drop during summer months, the figure was more than 50 percent above what’s typical. “We’re seeing a ton of people calling us to report the Covid deaths,” said Dr. Stephen J. Nelson, the Polk County medical examiner. “They’re typically young people that have been sick for a while.” The picture of who is dying, however, is complicated. About 82 percent of people 65 and older in the state are fully vaccinated, about average for the nation. That has still left a relatively large […]

Covid: Arkansas jail dosing inmates with ivermectin in spite of FDA warnings | Coronavirus | The Guardian

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Inmates at a north-west Arkansas jail have been prescribed a medicine for treating coronavirus that is normally used to deworm livestock, despite federal health warnings to the public in exasperated tones. Washington county’s sheriff confirmed this week that the jail’s health provider had been prescribing the drug. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the federal drugs regulator, issued a warning via Twitter last weekend. “You are not a horse,” it said. “You are not a cow. Seriously, y’all. Stop it.” Sheriff Tim Helder did not say how many inmates at the 710-bed facility had been given ivermectin and defended […]

Covid 19 coronavirus: Vaccine mistake in Auckland sparks investigation – NZ Herald

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By Charlie Dreaver for RNZ Five Aucklanders who turned up for their Covid-19 vaccine last month may have got a dose of saline solution instead but the Ministry of Health still has not told them. The ministry still has not being able say what will be done to ensure those affected will receive two full Pfizer doses. RNZ was alerted because of concerns there could be vulnerable people in the community who wrongly believe they are fully vaccinated. The mistake happened at the Highbrook vaccination centre in Auckland and RNZ understands the problem was discovered at the end of the […]