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Mississippi has only 6 open ICU beds, Arkansas only 25 as delta variant fuels Covid surge

August 4th, 2021
Mississippi has only 6 open ICU beds, Arkansas only 25 as delta variant fuels Covid surge

Mississippi and Arkansas face shortages of available intensive care beds as the delta variant sparks yet another surge in coronavirus cases around the country.Only six ICU beds for severely ill patients were available across all of Mississippi as of Wednesday morning, said Dr. Jonathan Wilson, chief administrative officer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.Health officials are coordinating to transfer patients when possible to alleviate some of the strain on hospitals. Intensive care patients include not only those afflicted with Covid-19 but also those who suffer from traditional... Read More

Covid cases surpass 200 million around the globe as delta variant spreads

August 4th, 2021
Covid cases surpass 200 million around the globe as delta variant spreads

Coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed 200 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, as the more-infectious delta variant threatens areas with low vaccination rates and strains healthcare systems.The global surge in cases is highlighting the widening gap in inoculation rates between wealthy and poor nations. Cases are rising in about one-third of the world’s countries, many of which have not even given half their population a first dose.The World Health Organization(WHO) on Wednesday called for a moratorium on Covid-19 vaccine boosters until at least 10% of the population in every... Read More

China to test entire population of Wuhan for COVID as virus reemerges

August 3rd, 2021
China to test entire population of Wuhan for COVID as virus reemerges

Chinese authorities said they will test each of the 11 million residents of the city of Wuhan for COVID-19 after a handful of locally transmitted cases were discovered in the area, BBC News reported on Tuesday. Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected in 2019, reported three locally transmitted infections on Monday, according to the Associated Press. “To ensure that everyone in the city is safe, city-wide nucleic acid testing will be quickly launched for all people to fully screen out positive results and asymptomatic infections,” Wuhan official Li Qiang told a news briefing,... Read More

Wuhan’s 11 million residents to be tested amid new Covid cases

August 3rd, 2021
Wuhan’s 11 million residents to be tested amid new Covid cases

BEIJING — China suspended flights and trains, canceled professional basketball league games and announced mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan on Tuesday as widening outbreaks of the delta variant reached the city where the disease was first detected in late 2019.While the total number of cases is still in the hundreds, they are far more widespread than anything China has dealt with since the initial outbreak that devastated Wuhan in early 2020 and over time spread to the rest of the country and the world.China has not eliminated but largely curbed Covid-19 at home with quick lockdowns and mass... Read More

Fauci ‘respectfully disagrees’ that masks are a ‘choice’: ‘Infection is impacting everyone’

August 1st, 2021
Fauci ‘respectfully disagrees’ that masks are a ‘choice’: ‘Infection is impacting everyone’

White House Chief Health Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has rejected the idea that face masks are a “personal choice” in the face of the increasingly severe delta variant of the coronavirus. The United States on Thursday recorded almost 80,000 new COVID-19 cases – well below the January peak of nearly 300,000 new daily cases, but a stark rise from a month ago when daily cases were under 10,000. While the number of those cases driven by the more transmissible delta variant is not clear, the CDC advised in early July that the variant was likely the dominant strain in the U.S. The CDC once... Read More

Fact check: Post misleads on origin of delta variant name

July 31st, 2021
Fact check: Post misleads on origin of delta variant name

Skip to main content The claim: The “delta” in delta variant means “deep sleep”The delta coronavirus variant has caused a sharp spike in cases around the country, according to public health officials..But some people online say there’s something even more sinister about the delta variant: its name. “You’re under a spell,” reads text in a July 31 post on Facebook, which has more than 1,400 shares. “Delta variant. Delta = Deep sleep.”The text is overlaid on a photo that depicts a man sleepwalking, with faded images of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute... Read More

California learns costly pandemic lesson about hospitals

July 31st, 2021
California learns costly pandemic lesson about hospitals

California spent nearly $200 million to set up, operate and staff alternate care sites that ultimately provided little help when the state’s worst coronavirus surge spiraled out of control last winterBy DON THOMPSON Associated PressJuly 31, 2021, 5:04 PM• 5 min readSACRAMENTO, Calif. — California spent nearly $200 million to set up, operate and staff alternate care sites that ultimately provided little help when the state’s worst coronavirus surge spiraled out of control last winter, forcing exhausted hospital workers to treat patients in tents and cafeterias.It was a costly... Read More

Delta variant is more contagious and likely more severe, CDC data shows

July 30th, 2021
Delta variant is more contagious and likely more severe, CDC data shows

The CDC says the delta variant is far more contagious than earlier strains of the coronavirus. Charlie De Mar reports on the new information. Then, Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital, joins CBSN’s Lana Zak to break down more of the CDC’s findings. Continue To Full Article  Read More

Outraged Tom Homan scolds White House’s lack of action to curb COVID outbreak on border: ‘They have no plan’

July 29th, 2021
Outraged Tom Homan scolds White House’s lack of action to curb COVID outbreak on border: ‘They have no plan’

The White House has not revealed a strategy to contain the multitudes of coronavirus-infected migrants making their way into U.S. communities because they “have no plan,” former Acting ICE Director and Fox News contributor Tom Homan said Thursday.”For them to say we’re taking protocol, ‘we’re giving everybody masks, bottom line, COVID people are coming into the country….we know for a fact right now ICE has over 1,200 positive cases in custody that came across that border so what is your protocol for that?” an outraged Homan said on “The Story.”Homan... Read More

Delta variant fuels rising COVID cases in children

July 29th, 2021
Delta variant fuels rising COVID cases in children

Florida and Texas lead the nation with the highest percentage of new coronavirus cases. Louisiana isn’t far behind, and nearly every hospital there has canceled or postponed surgeries and other non-emergency care. The state is also seeing an alarming spike in cases among children. David Begnaud reports. Continue To Full Article  Read More