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On Sunday, the attending physician said to Congress that elected officials and their staff have been exposed to a person infected with the COVID-19 virus while the US Capitol building was closed during an armed incursion by pro-Trump rioters. Tennessee Attorney Chuck Fleishman tweeted Sunday that he had done so He tested positive for the virus After contacting another member of Congress.
► Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third largest public school system, will reopen its doors Monday to 6,000 prekindergarten and special education students for the first time since March 2020.
► Johns Hopkins data shows that we have a record number of deaths in a week to a day in a row, at 22676. At this rate, an American dies every 27 seconds. Cases in a week are the second-worst cases on record, at 1710110.
► Anger and frustration are rising Across the United States as the federal government is leaving states to deal with the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 22.4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 374,000 deaths, According to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global Totals: More than90.2 million cases and 1.9 million deaths.
📘 What we read: Millions of Americans with intellectual disabilities are at particularly high risk for COVID-19. They are still waiting for vaccinations.
As of Friday, states had received 22.1 million doses of vaccines. Of these, about 6.7 million – less than a third – were administered.
Federal officials point to a host of reasons for Delayed distribution of the vaccine, Including vaccination regimens still preparing, Federal funding not yet disbursed To the states and a requirement to allocate vaccines to long-term care facilities.
Add to this two holidays, bad weather in some areas, and the need to train medical professionals to prepare and administer two vaccines that require special storage and handling.
And a host of rules and procedures across the country add to the confusion. In Florida, For example, elderly people 65 and over are in the first phase of vaccine deployment. In Texas, the elderly and people with medical fragility in the second stage. In New York, they are in Stage Three. Read more here.
– Andrea Ball
Senior scholars I created an online directory To provide people with scientific facts and practical advice to fight the lies, deceit and conspiracy theories that threaten public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.
Over twenty leading experts in vaccine psychology, education, and virology They say they volunteered with contributions To the COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook to deal with misinformation and propaganda by anti-vaccination activists that can lower vaccination rates and cause unnecessary deaths.
Even as coronavirus cases increase and hospitals flood with critically ill patients, opposition to vaccines resonates, not just in marginal communities, but with large swaths of the mainstream in America. Studies show that believing in COVID-19 lies can discourage people from getting vaccinated.
– Jessica Jane
Two main types of the virus that causes COVID-19 have appeared in recent weeks, but neither of them is more dangerous than the virus that spread last year, experts say, and the available vaccines must remain effective.
Viral mutations cause concerns because they may render tests, treatments and vaccines ineffective, and alter disease characteristics, making it more or less dangerous and dangerous.
The new variants appear to eliminate the old variants, raising concerns about whether the changes will affect the course of the disease or efforts to curb it. So far, though, the new variants don’t seem to be of much concern.
Over the course of more than a year of circulation, the virus has mutated several times, but only these two newer variables – one first appearing in the United Kingdom and the other in South Africa – seem to make a huge difference to its function. Read more here.
When the icon is blue It appears at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, California, Nurse Yesenia Avila received a small prayer in reference to cardiac arrest.
“We’ve never seen this much death before,” said Avila Friday. “I’ve been in healthcare for 22 years, and I’ve never felt fear. Now, I… fear for my kids.”
Every bed in the ICU is full most of the time as the new Corona virus rushes forward. If the bed is open, the nurses said, it often means the patient has died.
On Saturday, California health authorities reported a record-breaking total of 695 deaths due to the Coronavirus, as many hospitals were straining in light of an unprecedented number of cases.
The death toll in California has risen since the start of the pandemic to 29,233, according to the state’s Department of Public Health website.
Because emergency departments are often backlogged with admitted patients waiting for beds to open, ambulance workers sometimes stand against walls alongside incoming patients in scaffolding.
– Tom Keskin, Ventura County (California) star
Contribution: The Associated Press