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Coronavirus: The ‘major symptom’ to spot in your hair that lasts for weeks – new study

Coronavirus: The 'major symptom' to spot in your hair that lasts for weeks - new study

CORONAVIRUS symptoms continue to be researched, as the dust settles and reams of data are available to analyse. A new study has found that long Covid – the persistence of certain symptoms for more than four weeks after patients have recovered from the virus – has been linked to cases of alopecia.Coronavirus: The 'major symptom' to spot in your hair that lasts for weeks - new study

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Coronavirus is not the only threat this winter – professor warns of incoming ‘twindemic’

Coronavirus is not the only threat this winter - professor warns of incoming 'twindemic'

THE CORONAVIRUS outbreak is not causing a surge in hospital admissions but it is not the only threat to contend with this winter. Speaking to the BBC, Professor Linda Bauld, a public health expert from the University of Edinburgh, warned of the incoming “twindemic”.Coronavirus is not the only threat this winter - professor warns of incoming 'twindemic'

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Coronavirus digest: US lowers travel advisory for India

The number of fresh cases in India has fallen to a four-month low. Elsewhere, a new study shows over 1 million children have lost a caregiver due to COVID. DW has the latest.

The US State Department has lowered its COVID-related travel advisory for India and Pakistan to “Level 3 — Reconsider Travel” from “Level 4 — Do Not Travel.”

The advisories had previously asked US residents not to travel to either country.

Restrictions imposed in May, which bar the entry of nearly all non-US citizens who have been in India within the last 14, remain in place.

Though India’s COVID cases have been slowing, some local hotspots remain quite active, driving up the total number of cases. The health ministry confirmed 42,015 new infections on Wednesday, and 3,998 deaths, the highest since June 12.

Some provinces in Pakistan have seen a sharp rise in cases lately, but the country has brought the situation under control more generally.

Nearly all travelers to the US must show a negative coronavirus test or proof of recovery from the disease.

Here’s an overview of other major coronavirus developments around the world.

Americas

Guatemala received three million doses of Moderna coronavirus vaccines donated by the US. The country’s health minister said it was the biggest shipment yet, and would allow the country to vaccinate everyone over 40.

Mexico‘s Health Ministry on Tuesday reported 13,853 new confirmed infections and 341 deaths, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 2,678,297 and the death toll to 236,810.

Brazil registered 27,592 new cases of coronavirus and 1,424 new deaths on Tuesday. The infection rate has been accelerating ever since officials relaxed social distancing rules in early May.

Asia-Pacific

The Tokyo Olympics should go ahead to demonstrate to the world what can be achieved with the right COVID measures in place, World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. The world needed the Olympics “as a celebration of hope,” and the number of cases should not be used to judge the event, Tedros said. Instead, he urged people to think of the way the cases are handled.

South Korea reported a new daily high for COVID-19 infections, with 1,784 confirmed cases. The figures marked the biggest single-day jump since the pandemic began.

Australia’s Victoria state logged the biggest daily rise in locally acquired coronavirus cases in more than a week. Health authorities reported 22 new cases on Wednesday, up from nine a day earlier.

The state has extended its stay-at-home orders until July 27.

Mainland China reported 22 new COVID cases, compared to 65 a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Wednesday. Of the new cases, 20 originated overseas. The rest were local cases, all in the southwestern border province of Yunnan. China’s total number of coronavirus cases stands at 92,364. The death toll remains unchanged at 4,636.

Europe

Authorities in Mallorca are rethinking COVID rules as cases continue to rise on the Spanish holiday island. The number of new infections per 100,000 people rose to 335 from 310 on Tuesday. Last Friday, the figure was 270.

The number of cases in Germany rose by 2,203 and the death toll increased by 19. The total number of cases now stands at 3,748,613 and deaths at 91,416.

Greek Orthodox Church authorities published a circular busting conspiracy theories about the coronavirus. It includes advice that vaccines “do not contain microchips.” Spiritual leaders have urged churches to read the guidelines out to the faithful.

Greece reported more than 3,000 new infections on Tuesday for its approximately 11 million inhabitants.

Global

Around 1.5 million children worldwide lost at least one parent, grandparent or other caregiver as a result of the pandemic between March 2020 and April this year, a new study led by a researcher at the Imperial College London reveals.

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Hawaii marks 6th consecutive day of triple-digit cases with 100 new coronavirus infections

Hawaii marks 6th consecutive day of triple-digit cases with 100 new coronavirus infections

Today marked the sixth day in a row that the number of new COVID-19 cases in Hawaii remained in the triple-digit range.

Hawaii Department of Health officials reported 100 new confirmed and probable coronavirus infections today, bringing the state’s total since the start of the pandemic to 39,486 cases.

No new virus-related fatalities were reported today so the statewide COVID-19 death toll remains 523.

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The state’s official coronavirus-related death toll includes 405 fatalities on Oahu, 57 on Maui, 56 on Hawaii island, two on Kauai and three Hawaii residents who died outside the state.

The U.S. coronavirus-related death toll today is over 609,000 and the nationwide infection tally is more than 34.1 million.

Today’s new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 75 new cases on Oahu, six on Maui, 15 on Hawaii island, one on Kauai and three Hawaii residents diagnosed outside the state.

State health officials have been including probable infections in its total case counts. Probable infections include people who never received a confirmatory test but are believed to have had the virus because of their known exposure and symptoms or because of a positive antigen test.

The total number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases by island since the start of the outbreak are 28,937 on Oahu, 4,828 on Maui, 3,499 in Hawaii County, 476 on Kauai, 115 on Lanai and 81 on Molokai. There are also 1,550 Hawaii residents who were diagnosed outside of the state.

Today’s probable infections since the start of the pandemic added to the counts today include 840 on Maui, 829 on Oahu, 81 on Hawaii island, 24 on Molokai, three on Kauai, three on Lanai and 62 residents diagnosed outside the state.

The statistics released today reflect the new infection cases reported to the department on Sunday.

Health officials also said today that, of the state’s total infection count, 1,235 cases were considered to be active. Officials say they consider infections reported in the past 14 days to be a “proxy number for active cases.” The state’s total number of active cases increased today by 66.

By island, Oahu has 839 active cases, the Big Island has 204, Maui has 108, Kauai has 83 and one on Molokai.

Health officials counted 2,037 new COVID-19 test results in today’s tally, for a 4.91% statewide positivity rate. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 3.5%, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard.

The latest Hawaii COVID-19 vaccine summary says 1,731,897 vaccine doses have been administered through state and federal distribution programs as of Monday, up 2,014 from a day earlier. Health officials say that 59.4% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, and 66% have received at least one dose.

Of all the confirmed Hawaii infection cases, 2,585 have required hospitalizations, with 15 new hospitalizations reported today.

Fourteen hospitalizations in the overall statewide count are Hawaii residents who were diagnosed and treated outside the state. Of the 2,571 hospitalizations within the state, 2,107 have been on Oahu, 299 on Maui, 148 on the Big Island, 11 on Kauai, five on Lanai and one on Molokai.

According to the latest information from the department’s Hawaii COVID-19 Data dashboard, a total of 66 patients with the virus were in Hawaii hospitals as of Monday, with 15 in intensive care units and 12 on ventilators.


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Kentucky COVID-19 update: More than 1,000 coronavirus cases, 3 deaths announced Tuesday

Kentucky COVID-19 update: More than 1,000 coronavirus cases, 3 deaths announced Tuesday

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Kentucky reported 1,054 new COVID-19 cases and three additional coronavirus-related deaths Tuesday. 

The state’s test positivity rate was again above 5%, at 5.71%.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 2,250,973 Kentuckians had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

There have been 471,669 total coronavirus cases and 7,304 related deaths in Kentucky since the start of the pandemic.

There were 347 Kentuckians hospitalized with the virus Tuesday, including 112 in intensive care units and 44 on ventilators.

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Where are the coronavirus cases in Kentucky? 

All of Kentucky’s 120 counties have seen diagnosed cases of the coronavirus.

Because multiple labs are testing for coronavirus, demographic information for patients is not always immediately available. This tracker and map is based on daily updates provided by Beshear’s office each evening. Numbers reported by county and local health departments may differ from what the state is reporting.

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Time runs short for eligible students to get coronavirus vaccine before school year starts

Time runs short for eligible students to get coronavirus vaccine before school year starts

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Tuesday is the last day for Columbia Public Schools and Moberly Public Schools students to receive the first dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine if they want to be fully vaccinated by the first day of school on Aug. 24.

The Pfizer vaccine, which is the only COVID-19 vaccination approved for people younger than 18, requires two doses 21 days apart. Two weeks after the final dose, a person is considered fully vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pfizer vaccine is 95% effective at preventing coronavirus after two doses of the vaccine and if the individual didn’t previously have the virus.

The Pfizer vaccine is only approved for students 12 or older, so elementary-age students are not eligible. That means in CPS, more than 8,000 students could start the year unvaccinated because of their age, based on last school year’s enrollment.

Last year’s first day enrollment numbers at CPS showed 8,411 elementary students, which is 45.7% of the 18,413 total number of students enrolled. First-day enrollment numbers last year were lower than usual because of parental concerns about COVID-19.

John Potter, who has three children enrolled in CPS ages 6, 9 and 12, said his children won’t be getting vaccinated because they already have natural antibodies and he wants to wait for more research to be done on the vaccine.

“I just think there’s a lot of unknowns, especially with children because they just haven’t had as long of time as they have with adults,” Porter said.

On July 12, CPS updated guidelines for its summer school students. CPS now requires students 11 years old and younger to wear masks in the classroom. Potter said this change in rules led him to take his two youngest children out of in-person summer school.

“One of the main reasons my kids are in public school is so they can interact and socialize with people in the community. And I think the masks really hamper that,” Potter said.

Check back for updates to this developing story and watch ABC 17 News at 5 and 6.

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EU regulator begins rolling review of Sanofi’s new coronavirus vaccine

EU regulator begins rolling review of Sanofi’s new coronavirus vaccine

France is back in the vaccine race after the European Medicines Agency announced today it would begin assessing early data supporting Sanofi’s coronavirus vaccine.

France’s hopes of developing a working vaccine were derailed at the end of 2020 when Sanofi announced its original vaccine candidate failed to produce a strong immune response in older people in early human trials. The news was a national humiliation and raised questions about the country’s standing in medical research.

Sanofi went back to the drawing board, however, and created a reworked vaccine, Vidprevtyn. The candidate is a recombinant protein based vaccine — similar to the technology used by Novavax — that uses an adjuvant from GlaxoSmithKline to boost people’s immune response.

The EMA has now begun a rolling review, which allows regulators to assess data as it comes in. Its assessment is based on promising lab studies and early human trials that “suggest that the vaccine triggers the production of antibodies” that target the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 “may help protect against the disease.”

Sanofi, in partnership with GSK, began Phase 3 human trials of its vaccine at the end of May. At the time, the companies predicted the vaccine could be approved by regulators in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The EMA, however, wouldn’t provide a timeline today for when it could make a decision. The company will still have to submit a formal conditional marketing authorization application.

The agency currently has four vaccines undergoing rolling reviews, including Novavax, Sputnik, Sinovac and CureVac.

The EU has a contract with the company that allows countries to buy up to 300 million doses of the vaccine.

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