Covid is again showing its domino effect as the number of cases rises, the number of deaths rises and the economy collapses

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President Biden and the surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy begged the Americans to get the sting. Meanwhile, nervous stock investors who hate uncertainty plunged the Dow Jones Industrial Average into a free fall yesterday; If you are still hesitant to get a Covid shot, do so for your 401 (k).

Reuters: Rising coronavirus cases are fueling renewed fears as Biden increases the vaccination surge

Rapidly rising coronavirus cases in the US and abroad fueled fears of a resurgence of the pandemic on Monday and sent shock waves through the stock markets when the highly contagious Delta variant appeared to prevail. Many of the new outbreaks have occurred in parts of the country where COVID-19 vaccinations have been delayed, causing political leaders to increase pressure on reluctant Americans to get the vaccinations. (Caspani and Whitcomb, 7/19)

CNN: US coronavirus: Don’t be fooled by Covid, says the US surgeon general

Although vaccinations have given hope to many in the US of containing the Covid-19 pandemic, officials are struggling to get the rates they need. And now that the US surgeon general has been tricked by the virus, now is the time to be careful. “There were several times when we were fooled by Covid-19 when the cases went back and we thought we were clear and then the cases went back up,” said Dr. Vivek Murthy opposite CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “It means we shouldn’t let our vigilance down until the cases not only go back but also stay down, and right now the cases are actually on the rise. Cases are increasing, hospital admissions are increasing, and death rates are increasing. ”(Holcombe, 7/20)

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NPR: Outbreak expert points out the origin of the pandemic in the Huanan market, citing new data

Back in May, a group of scientists – many at the forefront of virology – postponed the debate on the origins of COVID-19. They published a letter in Science magazine stating that the laboratory leak theory must be taken more seriously by the scientific community. Given the evidence currently available, the scientists wrote, the outbreak came from a laboratory – particularly the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which studies coronaviruses – as likely as from an infected animal. “We need to take hypotheses about natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have enough data,” they concluded. (Doucleff, July 19.)

Statistics: Covid-19 restrictions on visits to family hospitals persist despite concerns

One early summer morning in north Philadelphia, Marsha El is sitting on a bench in front of Temple University Hospital, scrolling on her cell phone. Inside, doctors perform heart surgery on her husband, Timothy. Marsha, a retired branch manager of an insurance company, is banned from being by his side due to Covid-19 visitor restrictions and is anxiously waiting for a phone call with information about his condition. “I just pray that if they take him upstairs, I can go up here and visit him for a while,” she says. (Lloreda, July 20th)

Fox News: Common Cholesterol Drug May Reduce COVID-19 Severity, Study Finds

Coronavirus patients who took statins prior to hospitalization greatly reduced their chances of hospital death and severe COVID-19, researchers found, confirming previous results. Statins are often used to lower blood cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease. A team of scientists from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine published results in PLOS ONE last week analyzing anonymized records of over 10,500 hospitalized COVID-19 patients admitted to 104 US hospitals between January and September 2020 and included in the American Heart Association’s COVID-19 study -19 Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) registries. (Rivas, 7/19)

Fox News: Coronavirus antibodies persist for at least nine months after infection: study

A study in northern Italy found that coronavirus antibodies persisted in detectable levels for at least nine months after infection, regardless of whether the disease was symptomatic or asymptomatic, although results varied depending on the test used. Researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Padova published in Nature Communications on Monday results from an analysis in Vo ‘, Italy, which tested 86% (2,602 people) of the community in a mass test campaign in February / March and May 2020, of which about 6% tested positive and retested in November. (Rivas, 7/19)

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