Alaska reports 6 deaths, 877 cases Friday as COVID-19 hospitalizations remain near record level – Anchorage Daily News

Alaska on Friday reported six deaths and 877 new COVID-19 cases as virus-related hospitalizations hovered in record territory. The latest count is part of what health officials this week have described as a potential plateau in new cases, though officials say that there’s not enough evidence to say cases have begun declining, and that current counts are still extremely elevated. Alaska’s case rate per 100,000 over the last week remains the highest in the nation, according to CDC data. The newly reported deaths involved five residents, including an Anchorage man…

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Teen Girls With Tics Had One Thing in Common – Newser

(Newser) – About a decade ago in upstate New York, a group of teen girls inexplicably developed tics—verbal outbursts, twitches, etc.—for no apparent reason. The phenomenon in Le Roy was diagnosed as a case of “mass psychogenic illness.” The incident is cited by both the Wall Street Journal and the Jerusalem Post as they explore what appears to be a new twist on the same principle. Cases of teen girls with involuntary tics are on the rise, and one common denominator is that the patients watch TikTok videos. Hence, the…

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GOP leaders escalate battle against COVID-19 vaccine mandates | TheHill – The Hill

Republicans this week escalated their battle against the Biden administration over federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates this week, calling for the president to backtrack from the requirements that they consider unconstitutional violations of American rights.   GOP officials in states including Florida, Alabama and Arizona took steps to push back on the looming requirement for businesses with more than 100 employees to require workers to be vaccinated or tested regularly. Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisArizona attorney general asks for restraining order to block federal vaccine mandate The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by…

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‘Left behind’: For those with weakened immune systems, vaccines have not provided same freedoms – NBC News

One morning in March 2020, Terez Giuliana sat down to compose an email to her daughter. In the subject line, she wrote, “If I die.”  Giuliana, 65, of Philadelphia, has common variable immune deficiency, a disorder characterized by an inability to produce antibodies, sometimes even after receiving vaccines, leaving those who suffer from it very vulnerable to infections.  Covid-19 posed an extraordinary threat to her health. So as the virus began to sweep through the United States, Giuliana felt a need to get her affairs in order — just in…

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Prison workers top list of those not complying with Connecticut COVID-19 mandate – Fox News

Employees in Connecticut’s prison system make up nearly a third of the state workers who have failed to comply with Gov. Ned Lamont’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to a report released Friday by the governor’s office. Of 30,623 state workers, 1,482 — about 5% — have not been vaccinated or submitted to weekly testing as required, according to the report. Those include 483 workers at the state Department of Correction, which has about 5,400 employees. GOP REP. GLENN THOMPSON HOSPITALIZED FOR BREAKTHROUGH COVID CASE The governor’s office had given workers…

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Namibia suspends use of Russian COVID vaccine after S.Africa flags HIV concerns – Yahoo News

WINDHOEK (Reuters) – Namibia will suspend the rollout of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, its health ministry said on Saturday, days after the drugs regulator in neighbouring South Africa flagged concerns about its safety for people at risk of HIV. Regulator SAHPRA decided not to approve an emergency use application for Sputnik V for now because some studies suggested that administration of vaccines using the Adenovirus Type 5 vector – which Sputnik V does – can lead to higher susceptibility to HIV in men. South Africa and Namibia have high…

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Namibia suspends use of Russian COVID vaccine after S.Africa flags HIV concerns – Yahoo News

WINDHOEK (Reuters) – Namibia will suspend the rollout of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, its health ministry said on Saturday, days after the drugs regulator in neighbouring South Africa flagged concerns about its safety for people at risk of HIV. Regulator SAHPRA decided not to approve an emergency use application for Sputnik V for now because some studies suggested that administration of vaccines using the Adenovirus Type 5 vector – which Sputnik V does – can lead to higher susceptibility to HIV in men. South Africa and Namibia have high…

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‘Pandemic not over’: New Delta variant causes worry in UK amid surge in Covid cases – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A new mutation of the Delta variant of Covid-19 has been worrying experts in the UK amid a recent spurt in coronavirus infections. The strain, called Delta AY 4.2, has been classified by UK as a variant under investigation (VUI) following evidence that it spreads more quickly than the dominant Delta variant. So far, it is unclear whether the variant causes a more severe form of Covid or renders the current crop of vaccines any less effective. As is routine for any new VUI, the UK Health Security…

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Many Covid patients have memory problems months later, new study finds – NBC News

Many people who have recovered from Covid-19 infection are still experiencing cognitive impairment more than seven months later, according to new research. The study, which describes the the kinds of cognitive problems experienced by patients who had been treated at the Mount Sinai system in New York, adds to the growing evidence that Covid “long haulers” can experience myriad ailments weeks and months after recovering from the initial illness. As many as 24 percent of people who have recovered from Covid-19 continue to experience some sort of cognitive difficulties, including…

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How worried should we be about new coronavirus mutations? | TheHill – The Hill

Earlier this year, there was the alpha variant that was spreading rapidly in the U.K. and the U.S. But by the beginning of spring and summer the delta variant became the dominant version of the coronavirus in the U.S. and many other places around the world. Currently, the delta variant remains the dominant version but there may be other mutations and subsets of the delta variant on the rise. In recent months, a mutated version of the delta variant has been spreading slowly in the U.K. called the delta plus…

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