Overnight Health Care: Delta Fears Taking Over Economy As US Cases Bounce | pediatric group recommends masks for students over 2 years old | Federal judge won’t block Indiana University’s vaccine warrant
Welcome to Monday night health care. It’s not a baby whale. A giant multicolored fish stranded on the shore in Oregon, in what was great news for the local aquarium.
Today: The stock market plunged amid concerns about the delta variant. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended a universal mask be worn for all students over the age of 2, and a federal judge has ruled not to block Indiana University’s vaccine requirement.
Let’s start with the delta strain:
Delta fears taking hold of economy as cases jump across country
The delta variant of the coronavirus is sweeping the United States, bringing the average number of cases to 30,000 per day, crowding hospitals in areas with large numbers of unvaccinated people and raising questions about the country’s recovery from the pandemic.
Stocks fell on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial average dropping 725 points after dropping more than 900 points at a time.
This is the Dow Jones’ worst one-day performance since last October, and follows losses in markets around the world as investors fear the delta virus could slow both health and economic recovery .
Divide between vaccinated and unvaccinated: Health officials have described the latest stage of the coronavirus as a pandemic of the unvaccinated while stressing that those who have been vaccinated are relatively safe.
Sten Vermund, a professor at the Yale School of Public Health, said he was “not particularly worried” about COVID-19 for himself, as he is fully vaccinated.
“What worries me are my fellow Americans who, for various reasons, choose not to be vaccinated; they continue to be in danger, ”Vermund said.
Cases, deaths on the rise: While the 30,000 cases per day on average is more than double the 13,000 average at the end of June, this rate is still well below the highs of last fall and the beginning of this year.
Yet deaths are also increasing, to around 240 per day.
Read more here.
Pediatrics group recommends masks for students over 2 when schools reopen
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended Monday that all students over the age of 2 wear masks, regardless of their immunization status, when schools reopen in the fall.
The main pediatric organization requested universal masking, noting that most school-aged children are not yet eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and that many schools do not plan to monitor the immunization status of students and staff.
“There are a lot of children and others who cannot be vaccinated,” Sara Bode, chair-elect of the AAP School Health Council’s executive committee, said in a statement. “That’s why it’s important to use every tool in our toolkit to protect children from COVID-19. “
Support for the reopening: The AAP said, however, that it “strongly recommends face-to-face learning,” adding that children face a higher risk of mental health issues and developmental delays if students do not return to class.
The pediatric group acknowledged that current research indicates that reopening schools with safety precautions like masking “does not significantly increase community transmission.” But with variants like the spread of the delta strain, the AAP noted that transmission could increase.
Overall, the AAP says opening schools with effective safety precautions, including masking, is the right decision.
Read more here.
CDC says to ‘avoid travel’ to UK amid increase in COVID-19 cases
The CDC on Monday warned Americans to avoid non-essential travel to the UK due to the rapid rise in coronavirus cases.
The agency has issued a “level 4” warning, the highest level, and recommends that if travel cannot be avoided, people should make sure they are vaccinated.
“Due to the current situation in the UK, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk of contracting and spreading variants of COVID-19,” the board Remarks.
In addition, the State Department also published his own level 4 warning “do not travel”.
COVID-19 in the UK: The warnings come as the UK government lifted most of the country’s remaining coronavirus restrictions. Face covers are no longer required and physical distancing rules and capacity restrictions are all lifted.
New cases have exploded in the country over the past month, driven by the highly contagious delta variant. Cases topped 50,000 a day last week for the first time since January, and the seven-day moving average is nearly 45,000 cases.
Read more here.
When a door closes, another border opens: Canada will open the border for Americans vaccinated from August 9
Americans and fully vaccinated permanent residents will be allowed entry into Canada for non-essential travel starting August 9, Canadian government ministers said on Monday.
The Canadian government has announced that those who have been fully immunized for at least 14 days will be allowed to enter the country for non-essential travel on that date.
The announcement marked the first step towards opening the country’s border to all international tourists after the ban on non-essential travel since March 2020. There are no changes to the mandatory testing requirements for non-travelers. vaccinated.
How to cross the border: Adults entering the country will be required to show proof (in English or French) that they have received a full set of one of the vaccines approved for use in Canada. The government will only recognize vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
U.S. tourists will still need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before arrival, but they will be exempt from the 14-day quarantine and two post-arrival coronavirus tests.
Children under 12 who are not yet eligible for vaccination, or a dependent child of any age who cannot be vaccinated, will be exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement as long as they are traveling with a parent or guardian and meet all public health requirements.
And after: The Canadian government has said it plans to open the country’s borders to fully vaccinated travelers from all countries on September 7, if conditions remain favorable.
Read more here.
Federal Judge Won’t Block Indiana University’s Vaccination Mandate
Indiana University’s vaccine requirement for students and employees will remain in place after a federal judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against the policy.
Indiana Northern District Judge Damon Leichty on Sunday dismissed the injunction request, following a lawsuit filed by eight students who argued the policy violated their constitutional rights and state law.
The ruling means the school’s vaccination mandate will remain in place while the case is decided.
The lawsuit comes as vaccination rates have stagnated in many Republican-leaning states and counties, leading to new outbreaks of coronavirus infections.
Indiana’s flagship public university announced in May that it would require its more than 100,000 students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Read more here.
What we read
Novavax’s effort to vaccinate the world, from zero to not quite distorted speed (News from Kaiser Santé)
How Delta is pushing the United States into a new phase of the Covid-19 pandemic (Statistical)
Southeast Asian countries struggle to contain devastating third wave of COVID-19 (NPR)
State by State
The Mayor of Springfield is warning the national public that the “wave of COVID is coming” on “Face the Nation” (Springfield News-Leader)
Arkansas governor’s vaccination tour reveals depths of mistrust (Associated press)
Growing share of coronavirus tests coming back positive in Texas fuels fears of another wave (Houston Public Media)
Op-eds in La Colline
Keep it Local: How America Can Meet Its Vaccine Challenge
Data reveals great opportunity to complete immunization work
Democratic majority depends on falling drug prices