Experts now recommend N95 masks to combat omicron
Health experts suggest stepping up protection against omicron with N95s, KN95s or similar masks. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidance to recommend people wear masks now used by healthcare workers. (Jan. 19)news.yahoo.com
Developmental delays among children have become common during the pandemic; Here’s how to combat them
A <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/babies-born-pandemic-slight-developmental-lag-study-finds-rcna10872" target="_blank">new study </a>is shining a light on the impact the pandemic has had on the development of newborns/infants born during the pandemic.
5 more vaccinated people die as COVID hospitalizations skyrocket in Hidalgo Co.
Hospitalizations in Hidalgo County have gone from an alarming increase over time to now soaring, with 380 people with COVID-19 being treated in local hospitals compared to the 266 the county reported just one day ago. In addition to the sharp rise in hospitalizations, the county also reported 407 new cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths, five of whom were vaccinated. The new cases, composed of 72 confirmed and 335 probable cases, raise the county’s overall tally to 128,178, of which there have been 73,709 confirmed, 51,273 probable and 3,196 suspect cases since the start of the pandemic. Cases in schools have also increased significantly with 654 students and 218 staff members testing positive in Hidalgo County campuses, raising overall totals to 6,551 and 1,909, respectively, since those numbers started being tracked in August 2021. Of the 380 people in hospitals with COVID, 35 are pediatric patients.myrgv.com
CDC report finds prior infection provided strong protection against COVID-19 in 2021, but experts warn it's 'playing with dynamite' to get sick on purpose
Though vaccination was superior to prior infection during the Alpha wave, the Delta variant changed that, according to new CDC data.news.yahoo.com
Donna ISD joins rising number of districts providing COVID leave
The Donna school district Monday joined a growing number of Hidalgo County school systems that have approved additional paid leave for employees isolated because of COVID-19 since the beginning of the spring semester. The resolution greenlit by Donna’s board approved up to seven days of isolation because of COVID-19 and is retroactive as of Jan. 3. Donna ISD Superintendent Angela Dominguez said in an email that the resolution approved by the board resembles a COVID-19 leave policy the district had in place last year. “We offer testing for staff and students and monitor academic supports for students who need to quarantine through remote conferencing. All employees in Donna ISD are helping to cover where needed and it is truly a team effort.myrgv.com
Buda man dies of COVID-19; County reports 1,500 new cases Tuesday
A Buda man in his 20s recently died of COVID-19, marking Hays County’s 427th coronavirus-related fatality.An additional 1,500 lab-confirmed cases, 23 hospitalizations and 12 hospital discharges were r[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] Breaking News, News, News - Mobile, News Alert San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Over 42,500 San Marcans fully vaccinated against COVID-19
More than 42,500 San Marcos residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Florida suspends health official in probe over vaccine law
A health official who has helped lead central Florida's response to the pandemic has been put on administrative leave as state officials investigate whether he tried to compel employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in violation of state law. The state health agency is conducting an inquiry into Raul Pino, director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, “to determine if any laws were broken in this case,” Florida Department of Health press secretary Jeremy Redfern said in an email. A measure Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law last fall prohibits government agencies from implementing vaccine mandates and restricts private businesses from having vaccine requirements unless they allow workers to opt out for medical reasons, religious beliefs, immunity based on a previous infection, regular testing or an agreement to wear protective gear.news.yahoo.com
Two more vaccinated men die of COVID-19 in Hidalgo County
Hidalgo County reported two COVID-19 related deaths and 275 new cases Tuesday morning. The county reported two men in their 60s from Edinburg and Weslaco died due to complications related to COVID-19. The county has now had a total of 127,771 positive cases, including 73,637 confirmed cases, 50,938 probable cases, and 3,196 suspected cases. The county also reported 49 new cases among students and 15 new cases among staff in county schools. Hidalgo County has administered a total of 763,030 COVID-19 tests, and 634,471 of those tests had negative results.myrgv.com
US faces wave of omicron deaths in coming weeks, models say
The fast-moving omicron variant may cause less severe disease on average, but COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing and modelers forecast 50,000 to 300,000 more Americans could die by the time the wave subsides in mid-March. The seven-day rolling average for daily new COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. has been trending upward since mid-November, reaching nearly 1,700 on Jan. 17 — still below the peak of 3,300 in January 2021. Despite signs omicron causes milder disease on average, the unprecedented level of infection spreading through the country, with cases still soaring in many states, means many vulnerable people will become severely sick.news.yahoo.com
COVID-19 health emergency could be over this year, WHO says
The worst of the coronavirus pandemic — deaths, hospitalizations and lockdowns — could be over this year if huge inequities in vaccinations and medicines are addressed quickly, the head of emergencies at the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Dr. Michael Ryan, speaking during a panel discussion on vaccine inequity hosted by the World Economic Forum, said “we may never end the virus” because such pandemic viruses “end up becoming part of the ecosystem.” WHO has slammed the imbalance in COVID-19 vaccinations between rich and poor countries as a catastrophic moral failure.news.yahoo.com
A year ago, Biden unveiled a 200-page plan to defeat covid. He has struggled to deliver on some key promises.
The U.S. would have have been better prepared for virus curveballs if the administration had moved more quickly to boost testing, acquire real-time data on the virus and convey risks more clearly, say some coauthors, adviserswashingtonpost.com
Has Houston reached the peak of Omicron? Research shows the virus could be leveling off
Since July 2020, the city of Houston has been <a href="https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2021/12/07/omicron-variant-detected-in-houstons-wastewater-health-department-confirms/" target="_blank">testing wastewater</a> for signs of a coronavirus surge.
What you need to know: Biden administration opens COVID-19 test request website for free at-home, rapid tests
To help ensure Americans have tests on hand if a need arises, the Biden Administration is purchasing one billion at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests to give to Americans for free. A half-billion tests will be available for order on Wednesday, and will be mailed directly to American households.
River Oaks doctor suspended from Houston Methodist over views on COVID-19 vaccines to file lawsuit, attorney says
A Houston Methodist doctor who was thrust into the spotlight in November after her privileges were suspended because of her views on vaccines and early treatment for COVID-19 has plans to file a lawsuit against the hospital system.
TIMELINE: Novak Djokovic's bid to compete at Australian Open
Novak Djokovic’s attempt to stave off deportation and be allowed to play in the Australian Open despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19 is headed for a legal hearing the day before he is scheduled to begin his title defense at a Grand Slam tournament he’s won a record nine times.
How to cope with depression after COVID-19 diagnosis
The pandemic has created a mental health crisis. There’s been a surge in the need for therapy sessions. And now that more people are facing a diagnosis for the first time, it’s sparking a feeling of defeat that psychologists are noticing among specific groups who catch COVID.
Judge finds no probable cause in case against mom who put COVID-19 positive teen son in trunk, authorities say
A judge declined Thursday to find probable cause against a Cy-Fair ISD teacher who allegedly placed her COVID-19 positive 13-year-old son in the trunk of her vehicle, fearing exposure to the virus.
Cannabis compounds prevent coronavirus from entering human cells, study finds
A new study published by researchers at Oregon State University found hemp compounds have the ability to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from entering human cells, <a href="https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/local/2022/01/12/study-cannabis-compounds-prevent-coronavirus-from-entering-human-cells/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=snd&utm_content=wdiv" target="_blank">KPRC sister station WDIV reported</a>.