Every US state has at least one variant coronavirus case; Biden says 100 million vaccine goal ahead of schedule: Live COVID-19 updates

Every US state has at least one variant coronavirus case; Biden says 100 million vaccine goal ahead of schedule: Live COVID-19 updates

The us reported a record 949 new variant cases Thursday night, bringing the country to five ,804 known cases of variants that threaten a declining level of coronavirus cases. With Vermont’s reported cases, every state in America has now discovered variants.

The variants can spread more easily, dodge treatments and immunities, or both. In all, the U.S. has added quite 2,000 variant cases within the last week. Thursday’s report is that the first since Tuesday’s.

The biggest changes were in Texas, which added 182 cases to succeed in 420; Florida added 159 cases to succeed in 912; Pennsylvania doubled its tally to 138; andIowa went from 25 variant cases Tuesday to 63 Thursday.

Vermont reported its first five cases of B.1.1.7, a variant first seen within the uk . it’s America’s commonest variant.

The P.1 variant first seen in Brazil was spotted in several new states, with four cases in Arizona, two in Nebraska and one in Massachusetts. The B.1.351 variant first seen in South Africa was detected in Hawaii, which reported five cases.

Also within the news:

►President Joe Biden said on Twitter that his goal of administering 100 million coronavirus vaccinations are going to be given Friday, 42 days before his target date. Biden previously set a goal of 100 million shots in 100 days.

►A new analysis says the coronavirus pandemic probably started in China’s Hubei province a month or two before late December, when a cluster of cases tied to a seafood market was first detected.

►The Orlando Sentinel filed a lawsuit against the Florida Department of Health Thursday for allegedly violating the state’s public records law by not releasing location information on mutated strains of COVID-19, whilst variants rapidly spread round the state, the paper said.

►AMC Theatres said it’ll have 98% of its U.S. theaters open by Friday, including quite 40 locations in California. Movie theaters are among the hardest-hit businesses by the pandemic.

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►Utah is among the newest states to announce an expansion in COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, with residents 16 years and older allowed to urge the vaccine starting March 24. Maryland looks to try to to an equivalent by April 27, while Illinois is aiming for April 12. Nevada is additionally making its vaccines available to those 16 years and older starting Monday, but as long as they need an underlying health condition.

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has over 29.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases and quite 539,600 deaths, consistent with Johns Hopkins University data. the worldwide totals: 121.7 million cases and a couple of .68 million deaths. quite 151 million vaccine doses are distributed within the U.S. and 115.7 million are administered, consistent with the CDC.

ow-dose aspirin may help avoid COVID’s worst outcomes
A new study is adding to the growing body of evidence that low-dose aspirin helps lessen the harsher effects of contracting the coronavirus.

The study, conducted by Washington University researchers and published within the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia, examined the records of 412 patients admitted to U.S. hospitals with COVID-19 from March to July of last year.

Of those, nearly 24% had taken aspirin seven days or less before hospital admission or within 24 hours after admission. quite 40% of these patients had improved leads to key areas compared to patients who didn’t take a budget , widely available drug.

Aspirin may have lung-protective effects and reduce the necessity for mechanical ventilation, ICU admission, and in-hospital mortality in hospitalized COVID-19 patients,” the report concluded.

The researchers warned that a randomized controlled trial would be needed to determine a causal relationship. But a study conducted round the same time last year in Israel also found a link between taking so-called baby aspirin and better COVID-19 outcomes.

Anti-Asian hashtags soared after Trump first tied COVID-19 to China on Twitter, study says
The week after then-President Donald Trump first used the hashtag #chinesevirus on Twitter, the amount of individuals using the hashtag increased quite tenfold, and that they were far more likely to incorporate anti-Asian hashtags than those that used #covid19 in their tweets.

Anti-Asian bias and attacks have grown exponentially over the past year in conjunction with anti-Chinese rhetoric. This week’s deadly shooting in Atlanta, during which six of the eight people killed were of Asian descent, has contributed to fears throughout the Asian-American community.

Trump’s use of the phrase in speeches and on Twitter, which critics called racist, preceded a cascade of its use by others online. The mean number of daily users within the #covid19 group rose by 379% after Trump’s tweet, compared with a rise of #chinesevirus by 8,351%.

there have been tons of arguments that ‘Chinese virus’ was a scientific term and was no different than COVID-19. But actually , you see an outsized difference, said Yulin Hswen, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco .

She was one among a gaggle of researchers who tracked the amount of anti-Asian hashtags that were used along side the neutral hashtag #covid19 compared with #chinesevirus. They found evidence of an association between the latter phrase and anti-Asian language. Read the complete story.

Dwight Ritchie

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